Maintenance:Subaru Periodic Maintenance Part 1:

Maintenance: Subaru Periodic Vehicle Maintenance Services:

(Timing) Drive Belts:

Drive (Timing) belts should be inspected at the 30 month or 30,000 mile intervals and replaced at 60 month or 60,000 mile intervals. If inspection reveals that any of the belts is cracked, frayed or worn, they should be replaced. Proper belt tension, for both new and used belts, must be observed. Refer to the service manual for vehicle-specific belt tension information. Most Subaru vehicle employ sliding-bolt adjusters, which makes drive belt adjustment simple and precise.

Camshaft (Timing belt) Drive Belt(s):

Gates TCKWP328 Engine Timing Belt Kit with Water Pump

Different Subaru vehicles have employed different camshaft drive belt configurations, so you’ll need to consult a vehicle service manual for belt inspection and replacement recommendations for the particular Subaru vehicle you’re servicing. Most late model 49-state Subaru vehicles have a 30 month, 30,000 mile camshaft belt inspection recommendation, with a 105 month/105,000 mile replacement recommendation.

Inspecting the belt(s) before the recommended replacement interval involves removing the accessory drive belts, then removing a protective cover to get a look at the belt(s). Manually crank the engine through four rotations while checking the timing belt’s back surface for cracks or damage. A loose belt, or one that is cracked or has been damaged by oil or coolant should be replaced.

Measure the timing belt width, then compare this measurement to the service manual specifications. Misalignment of the idler pulley, tensioner, water pump pulley and cam sprockets may cause the edges of the timing belt to wear away. Any other visible signs of wear would make the belt a likely candidate for replacement.