Join Date: Jan 2010
Car Year: 04
Car Model: Forester X, MT
even if you don't buy belts from subaru it would pay to check and see what the exact mm measurement is supposed to be.
aftermarket parts places seem to consolidate belt sizes, so they can sometimes give you one too big or small if you don't know what the "design" measurement is to compare it too.
right now i think i have gates top cog drivebelts from advance. the a/c belt is tight and a little hard to get on, especially the first time. the last one i had (maybe goodyear gator from Autozone?) was looser and nearly ran out the pulley adjustment getting it tight enough.
edit 2: the a/c tensioner pulley is relatively cheap and not hard to replace, so you might consider doing it too if it seems rough or loose or you have a lot of miles on the car.
also consider doing power steering "flush" by sucking out old fluid with baster or large syringe, driving/turning, and repeating process a few times. mine was noisy when i first got it and i replaced my fluid and put maybe 35,000 - 40,000 miles on it now with no more noise. i think someone had put "power steering" fluid in it instead of red Dexron ATF fluid like you're supposed to.
'04 Forester X 5spd MT
Past Green, Red '00 L 5spd
Last edited by Woody '04; 11-28-2012 at 06:04 PM.