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This is a discussion on When should I change my timing belt within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have a 2004 wrx with 50,000 miles on it. I was wondering if I should be thinking about changing ...

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    When should I change my timing belt

    I have a 2004 wrx with 50,000 miles on it. I was wondering if I should be thinking about changing the timing belt soon. If so, where is the best place to get one and are there any packages that would improve performance?

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    Check your owner's book for the maintenance reqs. Mine says 105K.
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    if you do a timing belt you could also think about replacing the clutch and/or upgrading it..not sure. The labor may be beneficial to do both.


    I've heard anywhere from 60k+ for the timing belt. A lot of people I've talked to said you can go higher like 75-90k.

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    90k is typically what dealers say -- our long time subaru tech also says the same. better doing it slightly early rather than waiting too long and having it break. 17k more and my timing belt and water pump will both be changed.
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    had my timing belt replaced at 69k miles due to timing belt tensioner failure.. they did everything at the same time
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    I just hit 70k anyone know about how much it will run me to get my timing belt done?
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    I've heard anywhere from 250-400. I had my engine replaced so the labor was already there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jje121
    I just hit 70k anyone know about how much it will run me to get my timing belt done?
    If you're mechanically inclined do it yourself. On a longitudinal engine like ours it's not too hard. Pull the radiator for some room, pull off the drive belts and crank pulley, remove the covers and change the belt. No dropping the motor half out etc like in a FWD car. Change the water pump while you are in there as well.
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    My service manual also says 105,000mi, inspection should be done a 30k,60k,and 90k then replace at105k
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    One reason I hesitate to do it on my own -- and I only bring this up for the sake of showing one possible advantage of going to a shop or dealer -- is what one might uncover by removing the front cover (pardon the pun). If there are leaky seals, a tensioner issue, or anything out of the ordinary under there I'd hesitate to take the job on at my house, and at that point I'd have the car apart as well. Just to avoid that, I'm thinking of supporting the auto repair industry and have it done when the time comes. Just a thought.
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    I changed to timing belt on my older FWD car. It's a PITA, but it gives you a nice sense of accomplishment when you turn on your engine and it isn't broken.
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I think i'm gonna change it at 60k. while I'm at it I will also replace the water pump and the timingbelt tensioner. does anyone know if there are any timing belt packages out there that I could get which would have all those things in it? we just changed all those things on my buddy's A4 so I think I will do it myself as well.

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