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Old 02-01-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default How long to push timing belt job on sti?

EDIT: Well I happened to buy another sti with tb job already done thankfully. Had the waterpump and tensioner replaced as well. Thanks for the advice though everybody!

Wandering how long one should wait to change timing belt. I know Subaru says 105k but I've heard you can go nearly 200k before changing it? Sounds too long to me, but maybe it's possible. Just wandering if I could wait a little longer, like 120-130k and still be safe. Might be hard to judge, but just wanting some opinions from some people who have possibly pushed it or from a guru! Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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I'd do it before 105k miles personally but you're just asking for problems going past 105k.....
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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I'd do it before 105k miles personally but you're just asking for problems going past 105k.....

True, it's just about the getting the money right though..
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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I personally think it is easier to come up with the $350 or so for a timing belt change than wait too long and have to fork out the $$$$ for an engine rebuild...
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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I personally think it is easier to come up with the $350 or so for a timing belt change than wait too long and have to fork out the $$$$ for an engine rebuild...
Yea that's just for a good kit. Not including labor. Still trying to debate whether I should do it myself or not..
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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People have reported 180k+ timing belts here on the forums.
People have reported snapped belts, bad pulleys, etc before 105k
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:23 PM   #7
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you are playing with fire
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:01 PM   #8
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$450 at our shop for the belt, seals, and labor.

Price out how much a set of valves and labor....
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:45 AM   #9
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Yes a timing belt can be pushed out past 150k... but that doesn't mean you should. I hate to be one of those guys on the forum, but a snapped timing belt will negatively impact so many more things than other normal failure of a component.

The only good reason to do it is if you are trying to create a reason you need a rebuilt motor for the car. =)
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #10
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To quote Clint Eastwood; “You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'”

Use a credit card to pay for it if you have one.
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My friend and I did a head gasket job on a 2001 rs and it had like 85k on it but the timing belt pulleys were DONE but the belt looked ok for the mileage.

Some people don't like to change the pulleys and water pump, but you have everything off of there, do it while you have a chance. DON'T risk it no matter what anyone else says

Because when you replace it all you now know exactly what you have and when you need to do it again.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:47 PM   #12
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I'm at 109k and mine will be done in 2 weeks... Id rather not push the issue and take the chance

Do it as soon as you can or just be easy on the car until you can afford it...
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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my wife has had 3 VW Jetta's and they never last to the recommended mileage, and the pulleys and water pump are in pieces as that point too...had her last 1.8t jetta timeing belt replaced at 80k (VW says 105K) and the belt was okay looking but the water pump literally fell apart (cracked in half and the impeller was badly cracked too) and the pulleys had cracks all over them

$700 bones to replace now...or $3000-5000 later for an engine - get the pulleys and water pump too
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Wandering how long one should wait to change timing belt. I know Subaru says 105k but I've heard you can go nearly 200k before changing it? Sounds too long to me, but maybe it's possible. Just wandering if I could wait a little longer, like 120-130k and still be safe. Might be hard to judge, but just wanting some opinions from some people who have possibly pushed it or from a guru! Thanks in advance.
VERY dumb thing to do......your motor will be toast if it breaks

dont be 'that guy' that was stupid
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #15
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If you can afford an sti, you can afford to do the timing belt.
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better yet...ill trade you my wrx and you give me the sti
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Uh oh, Scotty's in TO again.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:21 PM   #18
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Haha, being a jerk about things gets you no where.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:32 PM   #19
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Once you do it yourself once you will never burn that amount of money having someone perform a similar operation. Only with your money, in a hurry and apparently in my case with potatoes for hands. Your result may vary but I find the job you learn how to do is worth more and done correctly on your own vehicle.


Take out the overflow bottle and take the drivers side cover off to at least say: Hi how you doing in there? If you aren't going to do it immediately.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:35 PM   #20
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Learn to do it yourself if you are that strapped for cash. There are at least a half dozen write ups. You cant screw it up if you take your time. The cam sprockets are a MFer to get off though. I had to drill my bolts off to get the cam sprockets off.
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follow meatballs diy timing belt thread, and videos on youtube and you will be fine. Its very simple following the step by step video. should take you 2-3 hrs.

I did mine 120k miles. The belt looked perfect when I took it out. 2 of the pullies were worn and needed replacing.
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I actually saw a subaru master tech do a timing belt 0n a wrx in about 20 minutes
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I've gotten it down to around an hour start to finish. It was the bleeding the coolant that's the most frustrating.
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My friend's 2002 WRX purchased @ 105k miles, then driven for another 35k [hard] miles and then we changed the belt (belt, pulleys, waterpump, valve cover gaskets) @ 140k miles.

How mechanically inclined are you and do you have the proper tools to do not only the job, but remove any other items such as the cam pulleys if need-be?

Respectfully, do you go out on the weekends? Don't do this for a few weekends and you'll have the funds to do this work.

Economics and opportunity cost: timing belt goes and what is the cost of repairing the engine? What can you forgo for now to get this done? Start penny-pinching and get this done as soon as you can.
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