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Old 12-19-2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Special tools for timing belt replacement

Anyone know of a place that rents the special tools for replacing the timing belt on a 2.5 liter twin cam?

There are 4 required:

Holder for crankshaft to remove pulley bolt
special socket for turning engine over.
2 holders for the cam pulleys to prevent movement
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:55 PM   #2
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I don't know of any sites that sell them but I do know there are a lot of ways around them...

To remove the crankshalf pully you can put it in 5th gear and hold the brakes then with a breaker bar take the bolt off... its what I did to install my light weight pully

To turn the engine over you can just put the bolt back in and with the breaker bar again just turn it over... it's not that hard to turn over

as far as holding the cam pully goes... theres a way to do it but I don't remmeber
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Old 12-21-2005, 01:35 AM   #3
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OR to take out the crank pulley out. Put the breaker bar to the ground, take out all ignition wires, hit the starter (turn on car), and it'll loosen up in less then a sec. To reinstall, just have someone hold the brakes and tighten the crank pulley bolt. Iff you want a better explaination, a simple search will provide you with much more info. It was my first time doing it, so it's very simple and not hard at all. You might want to have a friend help you out.
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Old 12-21-2005, 03:35 PM   #4
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I was just told yesterday that doing a timing belt job on a subaru is a PITA. It's not so much the changing of the belt, but it's that EVERYTHING has to be resealed after you change it. This true?
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:24 PM   #5
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http://subaru.spx.com is where you can buy the tools. They are not strictly necessary but it's your call. Everything about t-belts (including the tool site) has been regurgitated here numerous times, just look it up.
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:33 PM   #6
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under three hours for your first time. that includes doing main and cam seals. i did a h20 pump and thermostat 'cause i was already in there. but after you do it once or twice, an hour and a half is normal. basic tools required, nothing fancy, but certain special tools help shave a 'lil time. check idlers and tensioners while you're in there, tensioners are questionable, but can be reused(i've gone 45k after reusing mine that had 135k)! good luck! -keith
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:00 PM   #7
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under three hours for your first time. that includes doing main and cam seals. i did a h20 pump and thermostat 'cause i was already in there. but after you do it once or twice, an hour and a half is normal. basic tools required, nothing fancy, but certain special tools help shave a 'lil time. check idlers and tensioners while you're in there, tensioners are questionable, but can be reused(i've gone 45k after reusing mine that had 135k)! good luck! -keith
you have a swap in yours?? what tensioner did you use? usdm wrx one?
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Old 12-22-2005, 01:19 AM   #8
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Thanks to all who responded. I'll do some research.

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Old 12-28-2005, 07:36 AM   #9
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use the 98 dohc RS tensioner. usdm ej205 is the new age camset and pulley front set. good change it works, but if buying new id buy the 98 dohc rs one.

fyi- ive put a jdm 95 ej20g STi tensioner and all timing belt pullies (and water pump) on a 94 ej18. quite hilarious. (u obviusly need sohc timing belt)
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:24 AM   #10
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so i got my 2.2 all bolted back up and ready to go but I can't get enough torque on the cam pulley bolt... I need to get this thing back on the road. I see above that you can hold the brakes and tighten it? is that correct? I plan on rollin down to sears and picking up a belt holder tool (like the oil filter tool only bigger) and trying with that. please help a brotha out. tim
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:41 AM   #11
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On my 2.5L engine there is a bellhousing hole just under the left side of the intake manifold. Remove the rubber plug and lock the flywheel using a long strong screw driver. Torque the crank bolt to 130 ft/lbs. The socket size for my crank bolt was a standard 22mm 6 point. You must/should somehow lock the cams before removing the timing belt and before the belt is remove turn the engine over untill ALL the sprocket and crankshaft marks are aligned.
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