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Old 03-14-2019, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default 2012 Camshaft Drive/Timing Belt Replacement

I recently bought a new to me 2012 2.5i Premium Outback Wagon. One of the main selling points was that the dealer said it had a timing chain. I discovered that it doesn't have a chain it has a belt and I am kind of pissed. I have replaced the timing belt in my old 97 Legacy Outback 3 times without incident. Is it just as easy in the 2012? Is it necessary to replace the idler pully, tensioner and waterpump? I only replaced the idler pully in my 97 at about 190K-200K miles. Neither Haynes or Chiltons makes a manual for anything past 1999.
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:28 PM   #2
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Was the 97 a single or dual cam engine? 2012 should be single, they're pretty easy. You shouldn't need to replace the tensioner, some people do all the idler pulleys and water pump as preventive maintenance, it's up to you. Give them a spin and see if they need replacing. Water pumps don't usually die very easy, but they're replaced a lot "as long as I'm in there...".
Search around for procedures, there's plenty of info here to get you through it.
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:00 AM   #3
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Thank you for that reply! I was very intimidated by the YouTube video I watched last night regarding the timing belt replacement. I never had to drain all of the coolant to do my 97 which I replaced 3 times and I had it down to a 35-45 minute job not including clean-up. Yeah, my 97 had a dual cam and even at 180,000 the tensioner was still doing what it was supposed to do although at about 200,000 the sprocked idler pulley bearings disintegrated so I wonder if that is an issue for this engine at this point?
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:40 AM   #4
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I never pull the radiator - just the fans on 2010 - 2012 Outback timing belt. Only drain coolant if I am replacing water pump (very rare).Those models are probably the easiest and quickest subie SOHC time belt to perform.
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:38 PM   #5
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Thanks Elbert Bass. I was wondering about that. I never had to in my 97 either and never replaced the water pump as well and it had 250K on it !!!
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:52 PM   #6
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I've seen more 30-40k aftermarket water pumps fail than 200+k factory pumps.

2012 is the last year for the EJ in the Outback. They're super easy. The FB engines in the 2013+ have oil leak and oil consumption issues. You're better off.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:39 PM   #7
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CosmoTheCat thanks for that reply and that is great to hear. I am not familiar with this engine and need to learn everything I can about it.
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