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Old 03-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default Is it time to change my timing belt??

I'm at 60k miles on my 08 wrx. My friend said it was about time to change/check the timing belt. He than began to say that if it goes out while driving. Say "goodbye" to your motor and warranty won't cover a dime.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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At 60,000 it is required maint. So they prolly won't cover it since technically it was supposed to be done at 60,000. If it does go while driving, yes you will be needing a new motor. I changed mine before 60,000 and put on a gates racing timing belt. My advise just change it now before you get into more trouble.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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I'm at 60k miles on my 08 wrx. My friend said it was about time to change/check the timing belt. He than began to say that if it goes out while driving. Say "goodbye" to your motor and warranty won't cover a dime.

Unless your friend has hard evidence it's due at 60k I would take it with a grain of sand... If you are worried about it call the service dept at the dealership.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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I thought it was 105k for pretty much all Subarus...


Although it's never a bad idea to check it just to be sure everything is working properly.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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Unless your friend has hard evidence it's due at 60k I would take it with a grain of sand... If you are worried about it call the service dept at the dealership.
In the service guide it is required to change at 60,000 miles. So if he blows the motor it is likely they won't cover it. If indeed that is the reason why the motor blew.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:22 PM   #6
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Inspect it definitely, if the service manual says to replace it. i would. Remember the harder you drive the more likely it is that something fails.

Though i do believe for non-turbo cars, it's 100K or something.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:30 PM   #7
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In the service guide it is required to change at 60,000 miles.
It should be inspected at 60k but the requirements are to replace at 105k
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
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It should be inspected at 60k but the requirements are to replace at 105k
Yes you are right I haven't looked at the guide in a while, just checked and it is inspect at 60k replace at 105k. My bad guys.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:41 PM   #9
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I more or less replaced mine cause of the power I'm putting down and didn't want to take a chance at stretching the belt and skipping a tooth at high rpms.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #10
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for the last 5ish years I've known it to be 105K miles. There's also a certain amount of months, but it slips by me.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:33 PM   #11
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If they inspect through a side of the timing cover to get eyes on the belt then you can have that done in ten minutes yourself (well on a bugeye anyway). Wear marks on the back help you know your idler pulleys are crapping out too.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:30 AM   #12
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Just a google search would have given you this as the first link....

http://www.cars101.com/subaru/subaru_maintenance.html

All the maintenance schedules are listed there.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:15 AM   #13
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I guess u didn't check your manual....
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #14
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Change the belt and possibly the tensioner and water pump.
Cheaper than motor!

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:13 AM   #15
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If the manual says 105k why change it before u are close to it?
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #16
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Wow, the fail in this thread is strong!

105 months or 105k miles. Simple as that. No USDM WRX has ever had a shorter interval, EVER.

Subaru's are also not known for breaking belts. It happens, but it is very rare. The ones taken off at 105k miles look pretty much like new. You are far more likely to lose an idler bearing and have that trash your timing system. Also, a bad bearing won't generally not show up in a visual inspection. (usually there is some noise before it happens though)

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:08 AM   #17
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Wow, the fail in this thread is strong!

10 years or 105k miles. Simple as that. No USDM WRX has ever had a shorter interval, EVER.
I'm sorry but you are also posting the wrong information. The change interval is 105 months or 105K miles. 10 years is 120 months so is longer than recommended.

I just changed mine because I hit 105 months. Belt looked fine but that's normal. Same thing when I changed another car at 105K miles. No visible wear.

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:34 AM   #18
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Timing belt: parts and labor $735

Motor: Minimum or parts $1000
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:37 AM   #19
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I know a guy that's on original t-belt @150k and drives hard.
However on my current Subaru I'm on my 2nd one @20k.
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I'm sorry but you are also posting the wrong information. The change interval is 105 months or 105K miles. 10 years is 120 months so is longer than recommended.

I just changed mine because I hit 105 months. Belt looked fine but that's normal. Same thing when I changed another car at 105K miles. No visible wear.
yeah you got me on that one, (ninja edit fix!) Although at least in my opinion the month recommendation is fuzzy at best anyway. Rubber ages at substantially different rates depending on the environment it is in. A belt that is exposed to either extreme cold or extreme heat (ND or Arizona for example) will not last anywhere close to something that is driven around Florida its entire life. In either case, again, subaru belt failures are rare. They generally will always outlast the maintenance intervals.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #21
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Wow, the fail in this thread is strong!

105 months or 105k miles. Simple as that. No USDM WRX has ever had a shorter interval, EVER.

Subaru's are also not known for breaking belts. It happens, but it is very rare. The ones taken off at 105k miles look pretty much like new. You are far more likely to lose an idler bearing and have that trash your timing system. Also, a bad bearing won't generally not show up in a visual inspection. (usually there is some noise before it happens though)
+1, except on the time, but I agree, I have never seen a belt snap. I have seen a few tensioner pulleys go though. I have 5k left until I hit 105 and then replacing the belt and tensioner.
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for the last 5ish years I've known it to be 105K miles. There's also a certain amount of months, but it slips by me.
This x2. If i had to replace the timing belt every 60k i'd be kinda pissed...
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I had a belt snap from age that was below the maximum mileage. It bent many valves in my XT6.
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I changed the timing belt 4 years ago but the car has only 10K miles done on the new belt. I'm worried about belt age, should it be changed again? Any one to advise.
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I changed the timing belt 4 years ago but the car has only 10K miles done on the new belt. I'm worried about belt age, should it be changed again? Any one to advise.
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