Originally Posted by WRB_WRX
My 03 Bug Eye is at 92K and almost ready for this job. Perfect timing for this writeup! Some questions:
1: Can U align the timing marks before U pull the old belt? Seems to me this would save some time.
2: How much extra work is it to change out the water pump while your in there?
3: Torque specs?
I am going to soon change the belt on my 02 wagon. I have changed several timing belts on other vehicles, but never on a Subaru, so I am not a Subaru expert, but to answer your question #1:
Yes! I would definitely align the marks before removing the old belt! By aligning the marks before removing the belt, you ensure that the minimum amount of turning will be required to line the marks back up on the new belt. You do not want to have to turn the cam(s) and/or crank more than absolutely necessary when putting on the new belt. This could result in the valves touching together, or the piston contacting one of the valves.
So why not align before belt removal? Only takes a few seconds.
Would you agree Meatball?