Problems with your Subaru's Timing Belt? - Essential Auto Care

Problems with your Subaru’s Timing Belt?

Queens, New York, Subaru Timing Belt Replacement

A common service for Subaru’s that, when performed before failure, save thousands of dollars in repairs is the timing belt service. The timing belt is a vital component of your Subaru’s engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshafts. This allows the engine’s valves to properly open and close during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes.

When this component fails, complete breakdown or catastrophic engine failure is possible.More likely than not, the least amount of damage done will be valves that bend as a result of contact with moving pistons. These repairs, while not as costly as catastrophic engine failure, amount to much more than the replacement of the timing belt.

When replacing the timing belt, it is recommended that the timing belt tensioner and water pump are also replaced in conjunction. Proper tensioning of the belt is key when replacing the belt – if it is too loose the belt will jostle, too tight and it will wear the bearings inside the tensioner, so it’s always a good idea to leave this job for professionals. If your Subaru’s water pump operates off the same system, it is often the most cost effective time to service your water pump as well.

Our ASE certified technicians are specially trained to tighten the belt to the proper tension as specified by the manufacturer, ensuring that the timing belt will last. Subaru has a recommended timing belt service interval of 105,000 miles, however there have been cases where timing belt failure has happened at just 25,000 miles.Inspection of the timing belt is recommended every oil service to aid with early detection.

Do you think your Subaru may need a timing belt replacement? Call us today to schedule an inspection with one of our ASE certified technicians!

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Written by Essential Auto Care