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Old 07-03-2009, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2006 Forester that I love, but I cannot find any info on whether is has a timing belt for chain. Does anyone know?
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Belt that needs changed every 110,000 miles along with a few other parts



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Old 07-03-2009, 04:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Usually the plastic timing covers are a telltale sign it has a belt ;)
Be happy it has a belt - chains are more trouble than you've been told.
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^^ I don't know, the timing chain in my F150 has 176,000 miles on it :) . Form my experience timing chains out live many other parts of an engine. The exception being when you get into high/fast lift aggressive camshafts then many go with gear drive replacement options. (for your typical american V8 any way)

Either way TC2000 posted the pertinent info.
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Usually the plastic timing covers are a telltale sign it has a belt ;)
Be happy it has a belt - chains are more trouble than you've been told.
In general a timing chain will go the distance. I have had one fail but that that was in an engine where it was the Achilles heel (bad design). They rarely fail (In my experience anyway)
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^My previous car was a VW Touran bought new. The timing chain had to be changed at 23'000 miles. Thankfully under warranty.
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^It's a VAG vehicle.. things will always need to be replaced ;)

Do you guys change the accessory belts with the timing belt or before the timing belt?
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If they have not been done before I would definitely change them when doing the timing belt.

Otherwise change them as needed.
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Belt that needs changed every 110,000 miles along with a few other parts



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The recommended cam belt change interval on Australian Subarus is 125,000km. Strange heh - all engines, turbo or N/A have oil and filter changes at 12,500km, air cleaner at 37,500km, brake fluid, gearbox and diff oil at 50,000km and fuel filter at 67,555km. Appears my dealer changes the air conditioning cabin filter every 50,000km although Subaru make no mention of it in the recommendations.
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^It's a VAG vehicle.. things will always need to be replaced ;)

Do you guys change the accessory belts with the timing belt or before the timing belt?
I changed mine with the TB, and they were still in good shape. No cracks, etc. Tossed them in the emergency kit in case I ever have one snap, good for a temporary spare.
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In general a timing chain will go the distance. I have had one fail but that that was in an engine where it was the Achilles heel (bad design). They rarely fail (In my experience anyway)
In my recent fleet, Tensioner failure- Suzuki Vitara 2.0L; 98 BMW M roadster - vanos chainguide failure; Suzuki Aerio 2.3L -Tensioner failure; Tensioner sticking Toyota RAV4 2AZ; Tensioner sticking, Toyota Yaris 1NZFE. Cubicle mate's Mazda MX6 v6 tensioner failure. V8's used to go about 100K before the nylon teeth all fell out of the silent chain and you saw timing scatter.
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Welcome to the forum though, it appears that your question has already been answered now though.
Your username looks rather similar to mine...
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