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Old 07-24-2000, 07:02 AM   #1
Kalins1
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Question How much to replace timing belt?

Hey all. Has anyone had their timing belt replaced? If so, how much?

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Old 07-24-2000, 09:10 AM   #2
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I don't know how much, but I will tell you in about 3 days about how hard. My TB is off right now awaiting my WRX waterpump to go with my turbo kit. It shouldn't be too hard... I hope, ... to put it back on.
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Old 07-24-2000, 04:14 PM   #3
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Alex,
Let me know how difficult it is. I might just do it myself. Have to get proficient with the timing light again I guess.
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Old 07-24-2000, 05:39 PM   #4
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I just had mine done on my '97 Legacy Outback (twin-cam) and it was just under $400. This included the water pump and belt as well as inspecting and refitting the oil pump. The mechanic that did the work said that the job is very difficult due to the cam shafts being spring loaded or something to that effect and that if you put it together wrong it's "Bye-bye motor!". The water pump is driven off the camshaft belt and the front cover has to come off, along with all the accessory belts. The recent Subaru engines are "interference motors" which means timing belt breaks----pistons kiss the valves, so changing it at the specified intervals is extremely important. My Outback was 105,000 and the RS is the same, I believe. Do you already have that many miles on yours?

OT-Imprezer, are you going to kit this Monster Turbo of yours and share the fun or are we left to fend for ourselves?
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Old 07-24-2000, 06:49 PM   #5
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Scoober, what do you mean?
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Old 07-24-2000, 08:19 PM   #6
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What does a dealer or mechanic do to check the timing belt? Is this something I can do myself? I didn't go to Subaru for my 60kmile checkup, but I plan on going for my 75kmile checkup, and I guess its probably time to do a whole slew of junk that I skipped @ 60kmiles...

I thought we had non-interference engines... What's the point of having interference engines if you can have non-interference engines? Performance? Size?
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Old 07-24-2000, 08:35 PM   #7
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Scoober,
I only have 55,000 miles on my '98. I read that the timing belt needs to be changed at 60,000 miles but I don't seem to be having any troubles (no backfiring or anything).

I too thought that the newer Sube engines were non-interference which would be great.

So, you didn't have yours changed at 60,000 but instead at 105,000?
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Old 07-25-2000, 06:11 AM   #8
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hmmm, I thought the recommended interval was 60K miles too...I'll have to go check my service book.....

Ryan

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Old 07-25-2000, 06:30 AM   #9
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GET IT DONE!!!! sorry for the caps, but get the timing belt done at the recommended scheduled time 60k miles. the reason why i bought my RS is because the Balance shaft timing belt on my '92 Talon TSI went at 122K and i had it replaced the first time at 73k. the Balance shaft belt gets replaced also at the same time on a DSM.

the balance shaft belt snapped, wedged up into the timing belt and that snapped, that caused 8 valves to be bent, and two dented cylinders. $1200 to fix, and that was at 30mph, imagine at a higher speed....

had to buy my RS sooner than i wanted, because i was stuck without a vehicle. glad i bought the RS though.

I recommend getting the timing belt replaced at or a little before the recommended time, just from personal experience. glad to be of help.
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Old 07-25-2000, 06:34 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone!

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Old 07-27-2000, 04:36 PM   #11
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I just finished my TB replacement. I did get a new one just becuase it makes sense to change it since its off already. Anyways, it wasn't that hard. All you have to do is to allign marks on the cam sprokets and the crank sprocket with the marks on the block and be carefull when you rotate them and not to try to make the pistons kiss the valves. What I did was I put that big 22mm bolt in the crack and started rotating it with a wrench untill the mark on the block alligned with the mark on the sprocket. I found it to be easier to to with a regular open end wrench rather than a ratchet. You have more control. If you feel resistance, it mean that you are hitting the valves. Don't freak out and slowly rotate one/both cam sprockets with a wrench until you can rotate the crank sprocket. Once its aliigned, allign the cam sprockets' marks with the marks on the block. Then take your timing belt and put it on so that the marks on the belt allighn with the marks on the sprockets/block. Then release the auto tentioner and you are set. It is actually pretty easy. I did have to call Dale Teague couple of times just to make sure I was on the right tracks and he helped me over the phone a bit. I think that it would be harder to do it on a DOHC EJ engine, but on my SOHC it was pretty easy. Let me know if you guys have any questions. The new website has a instructions on how to do it scanned from the shop manual.
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