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High mileage maintenance

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#1 steveo2006


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

Hi, first time poster. I have a 2006 B9 Tribeca with 120K. Can anyone point me to a list of recommended maintenance tasks for my vehicle? I'm also looking for a shop manual - is there a preferred/better manual out there that you guys recommend?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

www.cars101.com has the maint schedual. Wow i think there is only one other tribecca on here.

FSM, maybe on ebay, maybe on the net as a torrent.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

120k is low mileage in Subaru world. That motor makes 200,000 all day long and higher mileages aren't a big deal. 200,000+ on my H6, I'm maintaining it for 300,000. I get my friends to buy a Subaru with that motor because it's so good...looking for another for a friend right now.

Spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter. Probably already done?

Transmission fluid, coolant, front differential, and rear differential fluid should be replaced if it hasn't already.

If you're wanting to keep the car to 250,000 miles, which that motor and transmission is easily capable of, then at some point your struts are likely to need replaced. If you plan on keeping the car to 250,000 or 300,000 miles then it's good to replace the struts around the half way mark to get good useable service out of them rather than right before you get rid of it. If you only plan on 150,000 out of the car then don't worry about them.

This is a *must do* on this engine:
The H6 engine has serpentine belt pulleys that eat bearings like crazy. I wouldn't be surprised if you replaced them already. At that mileage, if they've never been replaced yet I would consider that a must do item, they fail with absurd regularity and strand you. Fortunately they are cheap and take half an hour or less to repair.

Buy two bearings and have a shop install them rather than price out new parts. The pulleys can't fail - that's just a hunk of metal, the bearing is what needs replaced but Subaru doesn't sell those. So you want (2) 6203-2RSJ bearings. They're about $12 each. Don't buy new pulleys from Subaru I'm sure they're insane expensive. Entire job takes 30 minutes for both pulleys, tapping out the old bearings and tap in the new, very simple and takes 3 minutes.

These aren't that important as if they are a problem, you'll wear through brake pads quicker and the mechanic will replace them when the pads are changed...but, this is what i do:

If you live in the rust belt I prefer to buy brake hardware kits off rockauto for dirt cheap and install new pad clips as the originals get rusty and the pads can to hang in them. Buy a set and hand them to the mechanic for the next brake job. They're cheap and take 30 seconds to swap out, no bolts or anything required during a brake job.

Also the brake caliper slide pin bolts need properly cleaned, greased, or replaced (rarely on something that new). It's often the case that shops don't grease them. They at the very least need checked. Ask for this to happen at the next brake job. It takes a matter of seconds and should also be checked.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

I'm still waiting for someone to go wheelin with one of these :)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:59 PM

Although it is also on cars101.com here's a PDF file of it here:


As for wheeling a Tribeca, there are a few examples of the Subaru Tribeca driving off-road found on YouTube.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

Fpr the record, at your milegae, thats not high miles, it is just broken in :)

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