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Old 03-05-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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Question 96 Legacy Outback - Routine maintenance parts

It's about time to do the routine maintenance on my Outback.

It'll need an oil change, can I assume a standard Subaru oil filter will fit just fine? Same with drain plug crush washer?

I want to do the gear oil, too... again assuming this should be the same kind of work I did on my WRX. Please correct me if I'm wrong! I'm just going to swing by my local dealership and get a few quarts of whatever oil they use for manual trannies.

Now the big question...

I'm at 120,000 miles. Am I looking at a timing belt change? I've got no qualms about doing it myself, I've changed timing belts on other cars before... and I have a second car, so I can afford to take this one down for a few days and do it right.

Any write-ups on how to do this and the parts I'll need to replace?

IBread the manual. I'm gonna do that, of course, but I want to see what you guys know

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Old 03-05-2004, 09:55 PM   #2
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Yup, time to do all the belts.
Maybe the front oil seal as well (depending on your year) while all is apart.

Trans lube, lots of discussion there. I use Valvoline synthetic which is the same/similar to OEM. Others use a varity of others.

I also use Purolater filters and a synthetic blend for oil.
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Yup, time to do all the belts.
Maybe the front oil seal as well (depending on your year) while all is apart.

Trans lube, lots of discussion there. I use Valvoline synthetic which is the same/similar to OEM. Others use a varity of others.

I also use Purolater filters and a synthetic blend for oil.
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rassin-frackin...

I took this car off my parents' hands just recently, it had 119,365 on the odo. I SAID to them "have you had the timing belt done?" and they were all "we brought it to our mechanic, if it needed to be done he would have done it!"



Now I get to incur the cost. I don't mind the labor... guess it's time to find the factory service manual for it, though.
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Old 03-07-2004, 02:39 PM   #4
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Hmmm......'96, is it a 2.5L and it it 5MT or 4AT?
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Hmmm......'96, is it a 2.5L and it it 5MT or 4AT?
2.2L, 5MT.

Tranny is gettin' all grindy-grindy, poppin' out of 3rd gear sometimes when it's cold.

I'm gonna do the tranny fluid and see what that nets me in terms of better feel/sound. I'll weigh the metal shavings that come out in the old fluid... if they're over a pound or two, I think I'll speed up my search for a new engine/tranny.
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Well good news and bad.
The 2.2 is down on power, but they don't have the seal and headgasket issues the 2.5's have.

As for the trans, try a fluid change (do some reading in the trans forum) and see what happens.

[.....if they're over a pound or two, I think I'll speed up my search for a new engine/tranny.]
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Yeah, 1, 2, and 3 synchros I can feel pretty clearly. They say "whatchu tryin' to do, shiftin' all the time!?" But it goes.
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