Working with the Subaru is a labor of love and even if everything is running correctly, then you know something is about to break. One of the main issues we’ve come across is a considerable amount of customers who purchase their first Subaru secondhand and without any service records. Sure enough, they will bring their car to the shop and tell us it has been having issues. More often than not after we diagnose the symptoms we find that the car is severely past the recommended general maintenance interval. One of the key components of any car is it’s drive belt or chain. Without this, your car will not do what it’s designed to do, DRIVE. The timing belt is an internal engine component that rotates the camshaft and crankshaft simultaneously to ensure each cylinder fires at the right time. The timing belt is located on the front of the engine and is usually under the timing cover. On turbocharged vehicles, the belt is subject to incredible forces inside the motor and thus it wears out over time and must be replaced in order to keep your car functioning properly.
Whenever one of our customers buys a used Subaru we urge them to do a full inspection in order to make sure the car is in proper working order before buying. Here at the shop we always say “If it’s a used Subaru it’s been an abused Subaru.” Maintenance is a pivotal component in keeping any car healthy, and thus replacing an old worn timing belt will keep you from damaging your motor. Not having your timing belt replaced at its designated interval can lead to valve tick, bent valves, or skipped timing all of which can lead to the demise of your engine.