Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northeast Jersey
Car: 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
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Valve Adjustment. Your Thoughts?
So it just so happens that I was spending a weekend with my GF, my friend and his GF and we were sitting at the restaurant bar waiting to get seated. The girls were talking about their thing and me and my friend were having our little conversation. I started talking about my Subaru and how I had just gotten the radiator fixed (radiator was cracked on the plastic end tank) and that next, I was planning on getting a Valve Adjustment and my belts changed (my long time mechanic told me I should when he changed out my radiator, which I figured it would need it).
My friend used to own a 2002 WRX and was into the tuning world and picked up quite a bit of knowledge about the Subaru world. I was telling him how I was going to contact a local dealer and he mentioned that I should contact a place called "Rallispec" in NJ. They specialize in Subaru, have their own Subaru race team and do lots of custom work, performace upgrades, tuning, engine builds, etc, etc. Figured it was worth a shot considering I need to get the belts done and my mechanic does not do Valve Adjustments. Last night I sent the website an email asking about the work and they replied the next day:
This engine is dual overhead cam and uses a shim and bucket arrangement. Adjusting the valves, unfortunately, is not the easiest thing to do in the car unlike the later single overhead cam engine. The labor cost would be $550 and you are probably looking at around $100 additional in shims and gaskets (valve cover gaskets and cam seals). There would be no additional cost in labor to replace the belts since they need to all come off anyway. Timing belt is around $120 and the accessory belts another $30.
So my question to all of you is...
1. Do you all think it is worth getting this work done?
2. Is this a good/reasonable price?
3. I'm assuming he knows of the Shim Replacement Tool so that the heads don't need to get removed.
Bought with 141,500 miles in December 2007 and now has just over 157,000 miles.
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