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Hi Guys,

So I just had my FSTI serviced and decided to go for a cambelt service as although the car has only done 23K it is 5 years old, better to be safe etc.

Only to have a call this afternoon "your cambelt tensioner is leaking so might be a good time to replace it"

OK, I thought, tensioners must only be £50 max so go ahead ....no £200!!!!!!

Well OK I might wait a while and change it later "well then they would have to take off the cambelt to change it then sir so it would be more..."

If this thing costs £200 odd then it should be bullet proof and shouldn't NEED replacing!

(rant over)

I have searched and seen specialists charge £100 odd and this is a main dealer so I guess not far off the going rate.

Will probably be going to specialists from now... (and I'll ask for the used parts to understand what failed)


Alistair
 

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You can buy a complete belt/idler/tensioner kit for that price.

The EJ255 tensioner is listed as 13033AA042

Here's a dealers online price.......
SUBARU ADJUSTER-BELT TENSIONER(GREEN) - 13033AA042

And Import Car Parts do one for ........
Subaru Forester 2.0i EJ202 & EJ20J Cambelt Auto Tensioner Japanesemotorspares.co.uk - Nissan parts, Toyota parts, Honda parts, Mazda Parts, Subaru parts, Suzuki parts, Mitsubishi parts, Isuzu parts, Daihatsu parts

If they are charging you for fitting it, in addition to changing the cambelt, they are taking the micheal as it has to come off to be reset before fitting the new belt.
 

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Hi Guys,

So I just had my FSTI serviced and decided to go for a cambelt service as although the car has only done 23K it is 5 years old, better to be safe etc.

Only to have a call this afternoon "your cambelt tensioner is leaking so might be a good time to replace it"

OK, I thought, tensioners must only be £50 max so go ahead ....no £200!!!!!!

Well OK I might wait a while and change it later "well then they would have to take off the cambelt to change it then sir so it would be more..."

If this thing costs £200 odd then it should be bullet proof and shouldn't NEED replacing!

(rant over)

I have searched and seen specialists charge £100 odd and this is a main dealer so I guess not far off the going rate.

Will probably be going to specialists from now... (and I'll ask for the used parts to understand what failed)


Alistair
Mine needed doing at 90k. The tensioner then was about £130, so with exchange rates changes, this ain't far off.
There is a new Subaru independent specialist in Godalming. I haven't a clue how good they are, but they're in Catteshall Lane ifyou're interested.
 

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If they are charging you for fitting it, in addition to changing the cambelt, they are taking the micheal as it has to come off to be reset before fitting the new belt.
Exactly, as I understand it, it is even easier to fit a new one than refit the old as you don't have to fiddle with compressing and putting the pin in.

Anyhow, I'll be going round to pick the car up tomorrow. I'll print off the parts thing and argue the toss, see what happens.

Alistair
 

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Mine needed doing at 90k. The tensioner then was about £130, so with exchange rates changes, this ain't far off.
There is a new Subaru independent specialist in Godalming. I haven't a clue how good they are, but they're in Catteshall Lane ifyou're interested.
Do you know the name of this garage?

I think the owners dad is my neighbour, he mentioned that his son is a subaru specialist, and just started up on his own, out guildford way???
 

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Not quite as bad as I thought in the end.
When I went to pick up the car this morning and looked at the bill they had only actually charged me for the part (£158 same as above price) the guy who rang me up had overestimated the price slightly.
It is a fairly chunky piece of equipment so I can probably see where the money goes and there is a bit of play in the piston tension thingy that I got back off of them so it was a good idea to replace.
I now have a new paper weight...


All in all I think I will use these guys again.

Thanks again Don for the part link, gives me comfort that they are not overcharging.
 
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TFS Racing are well known on Surrey Scoobies BBS.www.tfsracing.co.uk
These guys have just serviced my car, they really are subaru specialists and not just monkeys with spanners who know bugger all..
You can't go wrong, stevem has also had his car serviced there a couple of weeks ago :icon_cool:
 
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