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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Timing Belt Replacement?

I just recently got back from the mechanics after fixing my window motor, and they said that it was time to replace my timing belt since I passed 180,000 miles. Now I'm pretty sure that they didn't check it since they just noted at it, but he said that it would cost about 1000 dollars. It sounds ridicules since it is only a belt and online you can buy them for 50 dollars. Does this sound right to replace it now? Am i spending to much money on it? Can I do it my self?

I Have a 1998 Subaru Forester L

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that seems high for just the belt, but then it is california too. do you know if they were only suggesting replacing the belt or also doing more work?

when you replace the timing belt, at that mileage you should also replace the tensioner, idler pulleys, water pump, and pull and re-seal the oil pump.

first, be sure the headgaskets aren't leaking or a lot of that expensive labor would have to be re-done.

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$1000 is actually quite reasonable if they do the service properly... that means replacing the belt, idler pulleys, tensioner and water pump.

Most of that cost is labor... it's a very labor intensive job. Just to let you know, you NEED to get the idler pulleys and the tensioner replaced. The belt itself rarely fails, it's the seizure of the pulleys that cause the belt heat up and snap, so it's imperative that you replace those while you're there.

Also, since the timing belt service isn't due til 105,000 miles, I can't imagine it needing to be changed for another 105K meaning at 210,000 so 180K seems a bit too soon. That is unless it wasn't changed at 105K in which case you are on borrowed time.
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Look up a full timing kit, with water pump and cam/crank seals... runs about 400$ +/-

I would hope they would be doing a full kit for that cost, but as stated, most of it is labor..
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Gates timing belt kit with all pulley's, tensioner and water pump

While you're in there:

1) replace the cam seals
2) replace the crank seal
3) replace the thermostat
4) accessory belts

other items: most shops will pull the radiator. If you haven't replaced the radiator hoses, now may be a good time. If you haven't replaced the radiator, now may be a good time.

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Mine was just done at 106K. The radiator started leaking a bit a few hundred miles before so I had all of the following completed:

Gates TB kit w pullies
OEM water pump
OEM thermostat
OEM radiator hoses
OEM accessory belts
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Also if you don't get a Subaru Specialist or the Subaru Dealership to do this job you are begging for trouble.

Be careful what you wish for.
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