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fiber optic


Plus water pump and coolant, oil and filter, and trans fluid.


Timing belt and tensioner aren't scheduled until 120,000 miles but I'm doing them at 100,000 and hoping to not keep this car to see 200k.
Synesthesia
Looks like fun. How bad is it really to do a timing belt (obviously depends on car...)? I am looking getting a DD with >100k miles, some have the TB done, some don't. Want to start doing work myself, but not sure if this job will be too much considering I've never done much more than look at a car engine.
clarkma5
generally speaking on a transverse engined car, it's quite doable if you've got an engine hoist to lift the engine off its mounts for access to the belt and water pump. The belt is a bitch to line up and not have it slip a tooth off in timing but it's doable with patience and things that give you good leverage on the tensioner pulley. Specialized tensioner pulley tools or something to pin it back is probably the biggest area where you may flounder.
fiber optic
The guides I've found on the web for this car make it look very easy. Most people were struggling with removing the crankshaft pulley but I've got an air impact wrench so I don't see any real difficulty in it.
Synesthesia
Hmm okay, engine hoist is definitely doable and in the plan... an air tool setup is a bit farther down the road. Will have to look into the specifics... this'd be a Subaru boxer.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Synesthesia @ Dec 20 2012, 10:26 PM) *
Hmm okay, engine hoist is definitely doable and in the plan... an air tool setup is a bit farther down the road. Will have to look into the specifics... this'd be a Subaru boxer.


The procedure for this car only requires jacking the motor up and resting it on a stand. I guess that's not typical but that's what I was planning on doing. Have you searched for any how-to guides for your Subaru? I'm sure there's a lot more information about it than my lowly Volvo.
Synesthesia
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Dec 21 2012, 08:22 AM) *
The procedure for this car only requires jacking the motor up and resting it on a stand. I guess that's not typical but that's what I was planning on doing. Have you searched for any how-to guides for your Subaru? I'm sure there's a lot more information about it than my lowly Volvo.


Nah I haven't done anything yet, looking at a few cars next week and will grill the sellers on what's been done and what hasn't. In any event I'm hoping to get my hands dirty with something. I'm actually selling the STi, this will be for a lowly Subaru. wink.gif
moe
Wait, why are you selling it? You've only had it for two years.
Bjorn
Damn, that's a shame...I love this model STI.

Since starting my new job I have been mulling trading in the Legacy and getting one...although I'm sure I would regret that decision after my fuel and payment costs double.
Synesthesia
Don't want to threadjack! See: http://forums.dieselstation.com/index.php?showtopic=37051

But yeah... don't forget insurance too! :-/
fiber optic


Done. Those are the old parts. It was worse than I was expecting. The guide I found must have been for a different trim or not optioned like ours. Getting the old water pump out was the most difficult part, there was some kind of suspension sensor in the way. My knuckles look like I got into a fist fight with a cheese grater.

Do you want to know what anxiety feels like? Starting up an interference engine after replacing the timing belt. Sure I turned it over with a big ratchet on the crank bolt first but for whatever reason I still felt uneasy about it. Apparently it will have a rough idle if it's slightly off and obviously roach the motor if it's way off.

I'm thankful I don't intend to own this car for another 100,000 miles.
clarkma5
Heh yes I know that feeling of turning the key the first time...you really hope you didn't mess up!

Sorry yours was so stressful. Mine was all aligned the first time, we did a friend of ours (A4 1.8T) and his made a funny noise when we started it up. Thought it was off a tooth at first but it turned out to be riding on opposite edges of the pulleys at various points in its travel. After a couple minutes it worked itself out and was fine.
fiber optic
QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Feb 11 2013, 11:57 AM) *
Heh yes I know that feeling of turning the key the first time...you really hope you didn't mess up!

Sorry yours was so stressful. Mine was all aligned the first time, we did a friend of ours (A4 1.8T) and his made a funny noise when we started it up. Thought it was off a tooth at first but it turned out to be riding on opposite edges of the pulleys at various points in its travel. After a couple minutes it worked itself out and was fine.



The prospect of replacing a motor that's probably going to cost more than the car is worth was not exciting. It was aligned just fine the first time. The alignment marks on the cam pulleys were not obvious. I marked them with a yellow paint pen once I found them.

The whole car makes all kinds of weird sounds. The fuel injectors are very 'clicky' and the HVAC system can sound like a growling dog inside of a fort made of floor pillows. I heard a high pitched whine when it was idling and thought I had screwed up the tensioner adjustment. It was just the ballast for the HID bulbs that resides inside the fender or that was my conclusion anyway. Lights on motor off and it still hums.


In other news the front brake pads look fantastic, probably 75% life remaining. They are still the factory part.
clarkma5
I'm betting the clicking is actually your hydraulic cam lifters; fuel systems can make a lot of noise but it's usually direct injection that sounds "clicky".

Nice on brake pads, I was just looking at mine...70,000 miles since I changed my fronts and I've got at least 60% of them left tongue.gif (yay engine braking!)
fiber optic
It could be the lifters. They're all in the same area but I'd expect it to be faster frequency since there's so many of them and only 5 injectors.

I've already done the rear pads once. It's weird that the fronts still look great.
clarkma5
That's not too uncommon, MkIVs eat their rear pads about twice as fast as their fronts too.
fiber optic


Didn't do the spark plugs when I did the belts and pump. Ended up doing them over the weekend with the 105,000 mile oil change. Laterally mounted inline 5 was super easy! Gotta do my truck's plugs in another 1000 miles or so and not looking forward to it. It's a monster pain to get the 2 rearmost but still better than owning the V6.
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