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01 outback Timing belt - Subaru Newbie

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#1 dlebla


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Posted 06 February 2006 - 10:20 AM

Thanks to anyone who reads this!

I bought my Subaru with 39K miles and have not done anything to it except brakes and tires. I have just hit 90K and am curious if I should replace the timing belt. I have done this on other makes (Dodge, Ford) but never on a Subaru. I tried to do some research on this but havent found good advice yet. Just curious to know how hard it is on a Subaru, any tricks I should know about, any special tools I need, or if anything other than the Water pump should be replaced since it's apart. Does anyone know what the recommended time for a new belt is? I never got an 01 manual for the car so the one I have been reffering to is from 99 and it says 75K but as I was looking for info I heard it wasnt till 100K.

Like I said any help on timing belts would be greatly appreciated. As if this needs to be replaced I would like to get this done ASAP since I drive up to Vermont to ski often and I would hate for something to go wrong in my travels. Thanks again!


#2 idosubaru


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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:25 AM

replace the timing belts, water pump, oil pump seals (easy) and any pulley bearings that are questionable as you won't be in there again for another 90,000 miles or more.

use the Search button in the gray area up top, there is tons of information here about doing timing belts on a 2.2. it's easy. i've done fords, dodge and subarus and i think subaru's are much easy (never need a stupid pulley puller for the crank pulley for one thing).

start learning the search function and you'll find all you need to know.

there's a link to great information and endwrench website (subaru's own mechanics tips site). great info in all these places.

#3 2X2KOB


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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:27 AM

I just checked the book on my 2000 - it says 105,000 miles for the timing belt change - however, now is the perfect time to change yours, because it hasn't broken yet.

Optionally, you can change the water pump and cam/crank seals as preventive maintenance, and reseal the oil pump, and check all the idler pulley and tensioner bearings for grinding noises. A search in the forums on 'timing belt' will provide lots of info.

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