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How to check timing belt condition
Posted 19 February 2004 - 03:15 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 06:25 PM
I would look for cracking or other deterioration of the belt. I think Subaru has a width spec too.
Your mechanic does not have to take everything apart to do this.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 06:53 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 07:05 PM
The 2.2 is a 60k interval, so either it is way overdue or not due yet, depending on whether or not they did it at 60k. I think it may be hard to tell whether the belt is 107k old or 47k old.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 09:16 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 09:36 PM
Posted 19 February 2004 - 10:04 PM
I've changed mine 3 times now. 100k km, 225k km, 350k, km. I let the last 2 belts go 125k km, which is only 2 years for me. The belts looked virtually new like 99obw said. Just the faintest bit of cracking starting in the root of the teeth. Try to look where the belt goes over a reverse bend (teeth opened up) to observe this.
If I keep up this commuting, I'll probably let this belt go for 150k km. I always have them change the crank and cam seals when the timing belt is done. I've never had a front seal leak yet (fingers crossed).
PS - Someone once said that if the lettering is worn off the backside of the belt, it is probably due for a change. I have no idea how good a yardstick that advice is.
Posted 20 February 2004 - 06:56 PM
Posted 21 February 2004 - 02:04 PM
Legacy T belt is very reliable, it's a strong belt and above all automatic adjusted.
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