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Broken timing belt 90 loyale

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#1 CrankyAl


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

I replaced a broken timing belt on my wifes 90 Loyale Christmas day 2011. I installed new tensioners and idler pulley plus the belts...PMI I believe the name on the kit.

Today the belt broke again. The first time the idle pulley broke and the ball bearings went ballistice underneath the belt housing and shreaded the belt. Understandable. Todays broken belt and pullys

don't indicate what the cause is. Just a broken belt. The pullys are all ok, no excess loosness nor binding.

  So are there any recommendations for timing belt kits? I will try a different brand. I will change everything

again. Also last year I didn't change the H2O pump. I usually use AISIN pumps, but I always bought pumps for Loyales with Air Conditioning......this car does not have AC, I have read that the pumps can be different. Anyone know which pump to get. Long winded but almost done.


NO oil on belt that broke, no rocks or sticks, no water or any wetness at all. Just a bad belt??? 13months 10days old........less that 7,000miles on the belt.

OK, I'm done







#2 El Presidente

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:09 AM

Probably just a bad belt. When it comes to belts, I only use Gates or OEM Subaru. You probably don't need new pulleys, but I'd leave the belt covers off and watch it run, you might be able to spot the problem while everything is turning. If you want to, you can throw the belt covers away..it makes inspections more frequent(anytime you pop the hood) and it makes changing belts a 10 min job. Only time it was ever a problem for me was when I was fording about 3' of water with an inch of ice on it. Ice got in the cogs and snapped my pass. side belt..luckily I disabled my clutch start switch so I was able to drive out on my starter. 



#3 TomRhere


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:55 AM

I agree with the Gate's or OEM for timing belts on any engine that runs them. Have had to many other brands of aftermarket belts fail.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

There are two types of water pumps.  Long stem and short stem.  The short stem are for subarus with turbos.  The long stem are for everything else.  Doesn't matter what your other accessories are.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:49 PM

Scoobiedubie, Thank you very much for the water pump issue....Turbo...I knew there was a difference I just coudn't remember. I had

AC stuck in my mind as the difference. Thanks to everyone else for the belt info. I have seen a lot of timing belt parts recommended

and alot of the forum folks say that the ebay kits are just fine. PCI was the kit I installed.....also on my other Loyale, shudder!!


It seems Subaru stealership is the way to go on so many parts! To bad, GOOD third party parts would make someone very rich.


My folks live in Aloha....I go there when my Subie runs well enough to get me there and back home to Bend. :-)

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