Join Date: May 2009
Location: east coast
Car: OBW H6 VDC, Tribeca, XT6
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
what does the writing on the belt look like?
i believe it may have been mentioned in another thread but i wouldn't spend much time worrying about the timing belt. the timing tensioner can fail and the timing pulleys fail too - particularly the lower sprocket with teeth, but the others can too. they are devoid of grease and spin freely and loudly - at this age/mileage they aren't capable of reliable high mileage and are more risky than the belt or water pump.
if the belt was not changed....what would you do? if the answer is "change it"....then the belt should be coming off again anyway - regardless of it being new or not - to replace the pulleys and tensioner as well which are an equally probable risk. it's an interference engine and if the belt breaks they bend valves. i just pulled the heads off a 2003 Forester today - all 8 exhaust valves are bent....kind of a silly risk on a new to you car.
best bet is to replace it all and know the car is good for another 105,000 miles.
H6 OBW VDC, H6 OB Sedan, Tribeca, Lifted XT6