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1998 with 219,000 miles. I bought it last year with 216,000, I drive it about 150-200 miles per week. It runs well and I don't want to chance the engine. I want to replace my timing belt but there are a lot of options I'm finding. Can anyone suggest what the proper kit is and should I replace anything beyond what the kit includes. Thankyou
 

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Bleed Tensioner ?

OK, I did my research, I have my parts list for changing the Timing belt and started taking parts off the car, (I have time). Question about bleeding the Tensioner, I haven't ordered it yet so I don't know if it has instructions but I have seen a video on youtube where the guy bled it out. Is this necessary ? I have also read on this forum abiut a tensioner that failed, the guy way pissed off, does anyone think this was due to NOT bleeding it ?? What has anyone who replaced this part done ???
 

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Yes, compress slowly, release slowly. in the youtube video I watched, it said to do this 3 times and to take a full minute to do each. a 6 minute operation. That is what was meant by bleeding. Is it necessary ? I should be taking the belt covers off later in the week and then I'll order the parts. If I need to do the compress thing I will need to by a vise.
 

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Thankyou, I picked up a vise anyway. It came in useful already and can always use it for something. I have all the parts ordered and they are starting to come in. Looking forward to getting this done. I've read about replacing seals, the only seal I see is on the Harmonic Balancer, do I need to replace that ?
 

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LOL, Thanks TD, as you can probably tell, I am a novice at this. I have tools, I have a manual, I watch video's. I document every step in print and pictures. I know I can do this. We may be talking about different seals. These pics are from a video I watched, it is not my car. This is the seal I am think people are saying to replace, the one behind the crank pulley. when I pulled the HB I had seen what I thought was a seal but I guess its just a stationary rubber ring. Would you or someone know the part # for this seal ?
 

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1st off, Thankyou VERY much TD !! You have been most helpful.

I wasn't planning on changing the oil pump, can I just replace the seal ?

Here is a problem I ran into today, hope you can help.
When I removed the TB tensioner I seen the bolt threads looked like it was caked/filled with a metallic filler, the threading was almost non-existent. When I tried to put the new tensioner on, it got to a set point and then slipped. Can/should I try to tap it new ? Is it probable that ca ruin it for the new tensioners threads ? Can I use a Loctite product that will secure the bolt ? That's what I believe was done previously.
 

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Timing marks out of position

1998 EJ25D Forester- Hi All, I am doing a timing belt replacement. I am at the point of putting the new belt back on. I had used a clamp to hold the timing marks in place. The clamp fell of and the Marks are now misaligned. Questions follow.

1) the cams that move freely on the passenger side, can I rotate them as much as I want and just make sure that the marks line up when the procedure is done without any harm ?

2) the cams on the driver side, the tough to move ones, can I rotate them as much as I want and just make sure that the marks line up when the procedure is done without any harm ?

basically everything, I read states that all marks need to line up. So, is that the bottom line ? Is moving out of position OK as long as in the end all marks line up ?
 

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Thankyou everyone, here is where I'm at now...

I am at the point of putting the new belt back on. I had used a clamp to hold the timing marks in place. The clamp fell of and the Marks are now misaligned. Questions follow.

1) the cams that move freely on the passenger side, can I rotate them as much as I want and just make sure that the marks line up when the procedure is done without any harm ?

2) the cams on the driver side, the tough ones to move, can I rotate them as much as I want and just make sure that the marks line up when the procedure is done without any harm ?

basically everything, I read states that all marks need to line up. So, is that the bottom line ? Is moving out of position OK as long as in the end all marks line ?
 

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Is there just a straight yes or no answer to this ?

With Timing Belt off on my DOHC, can I rotate all 4 cams and the crank as much as I want, then bring them back to the line up marks, put the belt on and be OK. ?
 
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