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This is a discussion on Gates Timing Belt Kit - My Impressions within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; sd_gr im due for my timing belt and i was wondering where you got your kit and seals? im looking ...

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    sd_gr im due for my timing belt and i was wondering where you got your kit and seals? im looking at the gates kit with water pump for my 02 wrx but it doesnt come with the seals, did you have to go to the stealership for them? and im debating weather to tackle it by myself or paying some one to do it. i would love to do it myself and gain the confidence and knowledge but im affraid of screwing things up. its my only car unfortunetlly and im wondering if i can get it done in a day. did you need any special tools? I wish i had few friends that were more mechanically inclined then me but my friends look at me like a mechanic... what would a garage typically charge in labor to do this?

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    Shop around for the Gates kit from the site vendors, comparing prices and including the water pump.

    Go to the dealer for the water pump gasket and thermostat gasket, the seals, the coolant, and the thermostat.

    I had no special tools except torque wrenches. To remove the seals I used wood screws and o-ring picks but I ended up wrecking the picks. To instal seals I used motor oil as lube and socket wrenches as taps to hammer them in. To remove the cam sprockets I used the old belt and vise grips as shown in another thread. I did find the best quality 10 mm hex I could to use on the cam bolts, but everything else was hobbyist quality hand tools.

    It took me a full weekend with a buddy and pizza breaks. I had another car so plan B was always to flatbed the Subaru to a garage if the luck ran out. Some parts were intimidating as I have zero mechanical ability. I recommend listening to blues music it worked for me.

    In my area garages charge $800+ USD last I heard but you'll get the car in day if you insist. If you mess up bad you're out a motor; however for me with the help from the guys here and a local friend, I saved $500 or so. It's a $4K gamble but the car was designed by other humans so it's feasible to take it apart and put it together if you're careful, lucky, or both.

    Doing it increased my respect for actual mechanics and the guys on the forum that posted to my rescue.
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