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Replacing timing belt.... tips?

Dr. J 25,041 3,353 October 8, 2015 at 05:08 AM
FIL got a 2003 Subaru Outback Legacy with some 190k miles on it for a spare car. So far he's swapped out the brakes; I am helping him do the struts (I've done it on my car before and it was a breeze) but he also wants to do the timing belt.

This is something neither of us have done before but to my surprise it seems straightforward; several youtube videos exist. Frankly it seems TOO easy given all the scary stuff you hear about timing - or is this mostly dealers scaring you into paying their bloated labor rates?

The timing kit I got @ RA was like $150 for the belt, some new pulleys, new tensioner and new water pump (might as well); I also got a couple radiator hoses and accessory belts (again, all that shit will be apart anyway); he said one of his auto friends that runs a shop (and yes it's legit, not some random person screwing him) wanted like $800 for the job that he'll spend like $200 in parts.

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Subarus are generally pretty easy to work on. Shouldn't be any problems, so long as he takes good pictures before disassembling anything. And being careful not to bump/shift the cam gears while removing the old belt and installing the new one.
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I don't know about Subaru, but with most cars you should change the seals also, since you'll have the cover off.
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On that car shouldn't you just go ahead and do the head gasket as well?
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