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Old 11-04-2013, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default screwed!!! Timeing belt due

Ok so I have a 08 impreza 2.5 i. 101258 on the clock. I worked for a dieing General Electric plant as a cnc machinist. Well 2 months ago I was fired for forgetting to punch out for lunch. 40 of us really for stupid lil stuff. Were all screwed waiting for determination from PA UC. We are out of cash savings gone and we never had credit cards. I looked at the timing belt today looks new. No cracks teeth are square. The economy is tough until January. Can I squeek her till 106? Or should I take it off the road? Got 600.00 till its Paid off. Really sux! Was told just the belt replaced is 325.00 But everyone knows thats stupid lol.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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The belt rarely breaks. The idler bearings on the other hand, those will go out well before the belt. If I were you, I'd probably clamp the belt to the cams, and then remove the tensioner. Once you have that out, check the bearings of all the idlers as well as the condition of the tensioner, and make your decision from there. Its a lot of work to do for just diagnostic value, but it is a way to save some money in the near term. (re-aligning the new belt and dealing with the cams moving is the hardest part of the job, which you are avoiding by clamping the belt.)
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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Hey thanks! I know this topic has been beaten to the ground. But we got the Impreza a 03 outback and a1980 Datsun 280 zx T-top. Lol snowy roads and a 34 year old sports car makes me a lil freaked. Ill check it out today. Ill keep running the z until I have a interveiw or snow.,
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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why not sell the 280 and use the money to replace the timing belt to make sure you have a reliable vehicle for all seasons?
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
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Timing belt is not due till 105K. You have some time. I would just make sure to get it done by 110K. Like others have said it's the idlers that tend to go. Just had my timing belt done at 91K and at 9yrs old, belt and idlers were still good.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:38 AM   #6
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Usually.... "USUALLY"..(not always, nothings 100%)... there is noise that spells the end, an idler starts making noise, the tensioner makes some noise... indicating the end...

That's a thin one to go on I know, but it may help...

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