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Timing belt covers

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#1 karinvail


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Posted 28 February 2005 - 12:59 PM

I've never noticed problems with the timing belt covers on any previous Subie's I've owned, but this one (an 86 GL 4x4 wagon) has melted and cracked covers. I priced new ones and they aren't cheap - and looked in junk yards and they seem to have the same problem. A friend of my husband said to just take them off and run it w/o them. Sounds risky to me, but I'm a 'girl' - what do I know? LOL

#2 MorganM


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Posted 28 February 2005 - 01:07 PM

Lots of ppl here run with out them. I've had one pulley bearing fail since then. I also take the time now to lubricate them often; especially in a MN winter with all the salt and sand! :(

Are they interfering with anything in their current conditoin? As far as protective shields; they are better in their current shape than none at all :) If they arent harming your belts or rubbing on any pullies I'd just leave them untill you find a nice junkyard set.

#3 hooziewhatsit


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Posted 28 February 2005 - 01:14 PM

I think when I get around to doing the belts on my wifes car, I'll cut the middle one so I can get it off without taking off the crankshaft pulley. Then I'll leave the rest of them on.

That being said, I pretty much need to get a new set also. When taking the side covers off, the bolts all stripped out, so I got to use the screwdriver/prying to get them off... grr...

#4 85Sub4WD


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Posted 28 February 2005 - 02:49 PM

Mine are 20 years old, and in fairly rough shape, but they still do their job. I have thought about running without them, but I have seen a oil pump pully bent because of running w/o covers and a rock getting in there - so I feel that there should be something there to protect the belts.

Realize they are covers - they don't have to be pretty, they just have to cover the belts.

#5 idosubaru


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Posted 28 February 2005 - 04:22 PM

i run without them. before i ran without them i had 3 failed bearings and a broken oil pump pulley (which snapped the timing belt) WITH timing covers, so i wouldn't blame any failure of that sort to running without covers. that's with alot of miles of driving on a couple XT6's.

i think it's most beneficial if you're doing the work to your own car, makes timing belt replacement super quick and super easy. if you don't, i wouldn't worry about it unless they're in the way somehow. i've seen them rubbing belts before if they are contorted or deformed enough.

#6 edrach


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Posted 28 February 2005 - 09:53 PM

One answer to the bolts seizing up is to apply never-seeze to the bolts when re-attaching the covers.

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