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    relative newby to maintainance; belt replacement

    How complicated is it to replace my belts? (AC /power). The LOOK fairly simple to get at, and reasonably inexpensive to purchase, but I KNOW it's more complicated....2005 WRX, unmodified.

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    how mechanically inclined are you?


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    moderately mechanically inclined....

    can figure out most things if given enough time AND i have a great general mechanic friend with shop and tools.

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    oh... well have at it. Its really pretty easy..


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    moderate, etc

    Quote Originally Posted by LPPTundWRX View Post
    how mechanically inclined are you?
    Have tools, have shop, am pretty mechanically minded if lacking in experience.

    My belts are now 5 years and 100k old, beginning to squeal when I start up, have a few faintly visible cracks....(I know, I am a BAD WRX mother)...I'd like to replace them soon. And would prefer to do it myself if it's reasonable, without too many complications...

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    Easy as hell, one locking bolt, and an adjuster for each.

    Be careful when tightening up the adjuster collar on the PS/Alt belt though, it's plastic and breaks easy (had to replace mine when I did it last), but it's a cheap part in case you do break it.
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    looks easy

    Quote Originally Posted by LPPTundWRX View Post
    oh... well have at it. Its really pretty easy..
    when I look at it it looks simple....are there any tricks? (last belt I replaced was an alternator belt on a 95 Saturn, and it was a royal pain in the butt.....), so I am suspicious!
    Looking at the set- up on the WRX, it just seems too straight-forward...loosen the tensioners, remove old belts, replace with new, retension....
    Can it possibly be that simple?????

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    that's what it looked like!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anub1s View Post
    Easy as hell, one locking bolt, and an adjuster for each.

    Be careful when tightening up the adjuster collar on the PS/Alt belt though, it's plastic and breaks easy (had to replace mine when I did it last), but it's a cheap part in case you do break it.

    it LOOKED easy, which has made me suspicious, lacking any sort of visual reference....

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    really?

    Quote Originally Posted by LPPTundWRX View Post
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    You mean something on a WRX is actually easy and straight -forward????
    Forgive me, but I've let mechanics do my work for me up until now, am just now getting into doing very basic stuff myself.

    i never thought of replacing belts as potentially "possible" or "easy" until i looked closely the other day.

    I truly am a neophyte, albeit a pretty smart neophyte; never have done any thing more complicated than oil changes and basic maintainnce on newer cars...., used to know how to change points , and use an old time timer light....replace a starter moter, etc on my own until now. I know how to work on very old cars (I helped restore a 1963 Rambler and always worked on my own 70's and 80's vehicles), but this is very different!

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