Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Central NJ
Car Year: 2002
Car Model: Forester L
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timing belt tensioner & pulleys
I have a squealing noise upon cold start the first time in the morning, only couple of seconds. So I took the two drive belts off, and the noise is still there (while it's still cold). This leads me to believe that the timing belt tensioner or one of the pulleys is the problem. I opened up the left side of the timing belt cover, and didn't see anything obvious while the car was started. Also there's a noise (sounds like an unwinding spring or coil) when car is shut down. Anyone thinks I'm on the right track? BTW, the car drives/idles no problem at all.
The last time I did the timing belt, I only changed the belt, WP, and the cogged pulley, but reused the other pulleys and the tensioner. Looks like these components are iffy (car has about 207k miles) now.
Does anyone have experience with the eBay timing belt kits for the Forester? It's less than half of OEM price. I just need the tensoioner and the pulleys. I already acquired the OEM belt and WP for my next TB job, and I was hoping to do it next year, but looks like I need to change my plan.