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    timing belt and tranny questions

    ok, i have an 03 wrx wagon, i know everyone is going to say use the search feature and find it in a previous post but ive found different answers and seem to be misled. i was wondering about how long untill the timing belt is recomended to be replaced. and question 2 is about my transmission, it doesnt seem like it wants to go into gear it has to be "forced" (by forced i dont mean jammed or anything just more pressure than seems should be needed) into gears 1 2 and 3, anything wrong? or normal? and the other tranny question iss when i downshift into 3rd and 2nd it "whines". is my transmission going bad? or what, i need help thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJO View Post
    ok, i have an 03 wrx wagon, i know everyone is going to say use the search feature and find it in a previous post
    Not everyone...

    but ive found different answers and seem to be misled. i was wondering about how long untill the timing belt is recomended to be replaced.
    Ignore all of them. The correct maintenance interval is in the owner's manual. Follow that schedule, it's from the manufacturer.

    and question 2 is about my transmission, it doesnt seem like it wants to go into gear it has to be "forced" (by forced i dont mean jammed or anything just more pressure than seems should be needed) into gears 1 2 and 3, anything wrong?
    Probably.

    or normal?
    Probably not.

    and the other tranny question iss when i downshift into 3rd and 2nd it "whines". is my transmission going bad? or what, i need help thanks guys.
    Check your clutch fluid and check the clutch itself. Does it engage and disengage correctly? Gear whine in and of itself is not abnormal, but the gearbox should actually work and you should be able to select every gear except first and reverse when moving.
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    thank you for the help, but ive lost my manual but ill find one online. and one of my coworkers also owns and 03 wrx and he waited a week before his car went out of warranty and got the transmission re-built because when he took his in for a service he asked about the whining gears and they sid itll need to be rebuilt but i would wait as long as possible. so according to him the whining gears is a problem but i was looking for a second opinion, and were can the cluch fluid be checked from?
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    Subaru provide an online site for owners to record their maintenance, and the maintenance schedule is posted. It's also available on fora (including this one, I believe, though it might take a search). The timing belt is due at 105,000 miles. On a stock car that's lived a normal life, I'd follow that interval (I actually am following that interval with such a car myself).

    All fluids to be checked have a yellow cap. The clutch fluid is held in a reservoir that looks a lot like the brake fluid reservoir, but is not mounted on the brake booster -- it's on the firewall nearby.

    Consider having someone look at the car locally if you can't find what's wrong and are still concerned.
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