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Old 02-07-2006, 12:55 PM   #1
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I'm having my 60k servicing done soon...it is recommended to inspect the drive belts (I think there are two on my 02 wrx), but replacement looks like its recommended at 105k along with the timing belt.

My questions are: What is the likelihood that at inspection the belts will actually need replacement? I am not doing this at a dealership, and so is there any place to buy the belts except the dealership?
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Old 02-07-2006, 07:45 PM   #2
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I replaced mine at ~ 100,000 miles just to be safe when I replaced my timing belt. They had lots of service life remaining. As the book says, little surface cracks do not indicate a failing belt. Look to your service manual. Dealers often have their own agenda which can be cosly and unnecessary.
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Old 02-07-2006, 07:47 PM   #3
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I replaced mine at ~ 100,000 miles just to be safe when I replaced my timing belt. They had lots of service life remaining. As the book says, little surface cracks do not indicate a failing belt. Look to your service manual. Dealers often have their own agenda which can be cosly and unnecessary. Another comment use OEM belts. They cost about 20% more and often last 3X times as long. Same with timing belts.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:40 PM   #4
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Subaru offers their belts cheap enough not to have to buy aftermarket ones but I am sure there are many aftermarket providers that carry them. You can inspect the belts yourself by checking for cracks along the grooved surface. If everything looks nice and clean then you are good to go.

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Old 02-08-2006, 03:52 PM   #5
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You can buy aftermarket belts but as mentioned the OEM ones aren't that expensive and they are usually the best.
I recently replaced mine at close to 80K because they were getting pretty cracked, although they weren't slipping or making noise. Maybe they would have made it to the recommended 105K but given how cheap they are and how easy to replace, why wait?
Inspect them and go from there. Since this is such an easy job it doesn't have to be done at the time the car is in for service, and as long as you have some basic tools you can do it yourself.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:36 PM   #6
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My book says small edge cracks ok but, missing pieces or transverse cracks are bad.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:16 PM   #7
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Mine had fine transverse cracks (across the grooves) throughout the belt.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:42 PM   #8
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Change them before any long trips then. I'm surprised since mine looked so go at 100,000 miles.
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:32 PM   #9
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Read my post, I already changed them.
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:22 AM   #10
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Mine were cracked all the way across... I replaced them at 60k.
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input!
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Bump for a similar question. My drive belts look fine at 55k but my dealer still thinks they should be replaced. Seems like an easy DIY or $90 for the dealer to do it which is not bad. But my manual says replace every 105k so why do it early?
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Old 11-15-2008, 01:46 AM   #13
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I have an 03 WRX with 68k miles (mostly colorado snow miles) and my alternator belt blew tonight as i was getting on the highway and they were in decent condition. Whatever the case may be with them (defect or just weird stress) I had to drive it 15 miles with out power steering and dim lights lol

Regardless, just inspect them every oil change looking for abnormalities and you should be good!

And as for the dealer wanting to replace them, I'd just do it yourself and learn something new about your car!
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Old 11-15-2008, 02:17 AM   #14
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your dealer wants your money that's why so early.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:11 PM   #15
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I work at a dealership in ok as a maintenance guy and I've seen belts need to change at 30k. The belts get old and when they get old even I'd they don't have very much miles they get worn fast because of dry rot. But usually I'll replace tem around 50k when I start seeing cracks that when I recommend it
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:39 PM   #16
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Interesting 5 year old thread bump.

But while we're on the subject, I replaced mine last year when I was doing a bunch of stuff on my car. Old belts looked pretty decent so I shoved them in the jack compartment for an emergency and/or if I happened to come across someone on the road that had the unfortunate need for one.

*replaced at 130k, but I had the alternator/PS belt shred on me the first time at maybe 50k give or take, and the A/C belt I had changed when I was replacing my failed tensioner pulley around the same time, give or take a bunch of thousand miles.
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