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2000 Subaru Legacy GT timing belt tensioner bad
Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:59 PM
Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:07 PM
No idea on warranties, but if the timing went on a 2000 you probably have valve damage. Set of used heads and a good (Subaru or equal) timing kit will get you back on the road.
Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:46 PM
How far did the timing jump? I hope you're not looking at marks on the belt for refrerence. Those will only line up once out of every 200 some-odd revolutions of the engine.
Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:37 AM
Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:51 AM
I would certainly get in touch with the seller and explain that it failed after only a few thousand miles. I've always had good luck getting parts exchanged with eBay sellers.
Posted 13 May 2014 - 11:10 AM
Good to hear if I'm understanding right. The engine was still running, but the timing belt itself has been damaged?
I'm one who'd not afraid to throw some junkyard parts at it as a temporary fix. Just go really slow when compressing the tensioner.
And I haven't heard of these being brand specific. Some parts they say go Subaru or nothing. But probably count it as a fluke that you got a defective part. Buy a new one, or a good timing kit and heave a sigh of relief that you're not shopping for a new motor or looking at replacing the heads.
Was in your shoes similarly last year. One of the sprockets failed and could have easily jumped timing or snapped the belt. Had to grab one from a junkyard and do a timing job in a Dennys parking lot. Sprocket came apart in my hand when I pulled it out!
Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:08 PM
Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:20 AM
that style tensioner failing isn't odd - 3 months though is odd.
this style tensioner though is not all that robust. it would be weird/rare on *any other* Subaru tensioner ever made, but not this one.
ask the seller, good chance they'll send you a new one. sometimes, warranty requires installation by a certified mechanic (ASE or whatever). that's the best they can do without paying someone to fly out, watch you properly install, install it themselves and thereby raise the prices hundreds of dollars to accommodate that verification process. so it's not perfect, but a company has to do something or it will get taken advantage of or replace improperly installed product, or replace product that wasn't even the original bought product anyway (think wal-mart return policy).
as a general rule - they may not replace it. but often times companies will replace. i've had lots of parts sent to me for free via the goodwill of the company when technically they owed me nothing. and i've been denied.
Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:34 PM
Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:45 AM
good to hear they are standing behind thier products.
I have used thier timing kits several times on older, non-interferrence EJ22s with no issues.
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