Subaru Forester Owners Forum banner

1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
1998 Subaru Forester L Automatic
Joined
·
16 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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

Any info would help.

Thanks
 

·
Registered
04 Forester X, MT
Joined
·
1,039 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
2006 Forester Autotragic
Joined
·
294 Posts
$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.
 

·
Banned
'03 Fozzy Eat A Taco
Joined
·
916 Posts
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..
 

·
Registered
2004 Forester XT Manual
Joined
·
140 Posts
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.

peace of mind items
Joe
 

·
Registered
2005 Forester XT AT
Joined
·
410 Posts
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
Mishimoto radiator
B&M trans cooler
 

·
Premium Member
2019 Crosstrek 2018 XT
Joined
·
14,130 Posts
Also if you don't get a Subaru Specialist or the Subaru Dealership to do this job you are begging for trouble.
 

·
Registered
2008 Forester X
Joined
·
88 Posts
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

Any info would help.

Thanks

So, I didn't want to start a new thread, but I want some thoughts here. I have a 2008 with 110,000 miles on it. It's obviously time to replace the timing belt soon.

Here's my quote:
$580 for timing belt and main tensioner

OR

$800 for timing belt, tensioner inspection replacement, waterpump, and replace coolant

Better deal and decent costs?
 

·
Premium Member
2006 Forester L.L. Bean yes
Joined
·
143 Posts
What about time?

Subaru's website recommends timing belt replacement at 105,000 miles, or 105 months, whichever comes first. On the other hand, a handout I picked up at our Subaru dealership recommends replacement at 105,000 miles with no reference to time.

Our 2006 L.L. Bean went into service in July 2006, so celebrated its 10th birthday this summer. It's at about the 123 month mark now. But it's gone only 95,500 miles. Is it reasonable to wait for timing belt replacement until it gets closer to 105,000 miles, or should I bite the bullet now?

Thanks in advance for any assistance the group could provide.
 

·
Registered
2008 x
Joined
·
1 Posts
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.
My 2008 SG Forester just went over 180000k and I contacted the dealer that the car was bought from. They said that they only do the timing belt and that it is rare for them to replace the tensioner, idler pulleys, or water pump. This seems strange to me after reading this thread and was wondering what others think.
 

·
Registered
2005 Forester X MT
Joined
·
350 Posts
Weird. My tensioner on my 05 was giving out at 105k. It was leaking fluid everywhere are was NOT working properly. I find it weird the dealer said that...

I would do Idlers, Pullys, Tensioner, and Water pump. Anything that touches the belt.

I did it myself and it took me 5 hours, I wont do it again. It was a little much and nerve wrecking.... Most of the cost for this maintenance is labor. Personally 1k with parts isn't that bad. Consider it an investment!
 

·
Administrator
2007 Forester Sports XT 4EAT
Joined
·
38,720 Posts
  • Like
Reactions: Shakeman
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top