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Just replaced the timing belt.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:02 PM
1. All but one of the cover bolts broke off in the inter covers. I eventually put them back on with tie raps.
2. I used the starter with a 1/2" breaker bar to loosen the crankshaft bolt. It worked fine.
3. I loosened the camshaft bolts before taking off the belt. I jamed the engine through the flywheel inspection opening with an 8", 3/8" screwdriver.
4. I used the lislie shaft puller #58430 to remove the leaking camshft seal. It worked fine. It's a little hard to understand until you use it. I actually pushes in and destroys the shaft side of the seal before hooking it and levering it out.
5. I put on the camshaft pulley by wrapping it with part of the old timing belt and using a $6 harbor freight chain strap to hold it.
6. I didn't change the crankshaft seal or torque in the bolts of the oil pump. I guess time will tell if I made a mistake not doing that.
7. The old belt was cracked every 1/8" and was a subaru OEM. I guess that it had been on there for at least 80K miles. I would hate to think that it had been on for 140K miles but it looked like it.
8. I didn't have any problem lining up the new timing belt. I did have a problem getting the belt on the cogged pulley even without installing the bottom smooth pulley. I put the bottom smooth pulley on last which turned out to be easy.
9. I didn't replace the the tensioner. It seemed Ok. I took 6 min to compress it versus the subaru recommendation of 3 min.
10 I didn't replace the coolant thermostat. What can go wrong with a bimetalic device?
11. I was surprised how easily it was to hold the flywheel while putting 130 ftlbs on the crankshaft bolt. I did have a big screwdriver however. I used a new crankshaft bolt for later year subaru's but it looked identical to the old
one. The original design for the 95 subaru only calls for 60-70 ftlb of torque.
12. I didn't have any problems with filling the new coolant. The front wheels were elevated about 3" over the back ones. I filled the engine through the top hose and then the radiator. I ran it without a cap for a few minutes after heating up but very few bubbles came out.
Hopefully the above is helpful to someone. I have to emphasize that I couldn't have done this without the advice and information on this forum. Thanks to all.
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