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Old 11-19-2005, 12:18 AM   #1
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Default Timing Belt change, what else?

Planning my timing belt change on my 96 outback 2.5.

What other parts should I replace while I'm doing the belt? Any other belts? water pump? any seals?

I'm also planning on doing my coolant, do i need to worry about reusing my old radiator hoses or should I order new ones?

Any other items I should replace while its apart?
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Old 11-19-2005, 04:15 AM   #2
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Default 2.5 Timing Belt


Might as well change the cam seals, front main crank seal, water pump, thermostat, remove and tighten (Loc-tite) oil pump screws in the back of the oil pump, replace oil-pump o-ring, water pump, and the timing belt all at the same time. Labor will be the same each time you have to do this, might as well knock it out in one punch. A search for "Timing Belt" will yield you a wealth of information.

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Old 11-23-2005, 01:09 AM   #3
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While I did not actual change a timing belt, I did have to get all the way to it for a front oil seal replacement. The part I used below is holding up great - a lot better than whatever piece of junk a local shop used to replace it the last time it leaked.

You will end up wasting a lot of time trying to extract the old seal(s) unless you have messed with them before. I had never done it before, so I was probably not handling it aggressively enough which resulted in an hour long extraction (in addition to the normal disassembly).

The tensioner takes a little figuring out - you will need to compress it slowly and insert a small allen key to hold it while reassembling everything.

If you haven't replaced the water pump, this is the best time to do it. My 96 Legacy's conked out at 90K miles in 2001. And at 130K the second one appears to have really screwed me with a blown head gasket.
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