I’m preparing to change the timing belt, water pump etc on my 2005 Outback 2.5 (EJ25 SOHC Legacy with 4EAT tranny). Although I’ve worked on different cars and rebuilt all manner of motorcycles, I’ve never changed the timing belt on a car before so I’m looking for a little guidance here. I’ve read the Haynes explanation, worked thru the posts here and done as much digging as I can and still have a few questions:
- Haynes says I need to get piston 1 to TDC using a compression gauge then turning the crankshaft until the crankshaft pulley notch lines up with the “0” on the timing scale. I don’t have a compression gauge, so how do I make sure I get it to TDC? In any event, I’m not sure I understand why you want it at TDC because before removing the timing belt you need to rotate the crankshaft so the timing marks all line up – which will mean it won’t be at TDC anyway.
- I’m not buying any special Subaru tools for this job. From what I understand, the first tricky bit is removing the crankshaft pulley bolt, but I can use a breaker bar and a flick on the starter for that. In order to tighten it up, can I jam a wrecking bar into the flywheel housing as described here (I have 4EAT tranny) to hold it in place while I torque the crankshaft pulley bolt? http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/144342-post5.html
- I’m going to order a Gates timing belt kit. Is this the right kit I need – Gates TCKWP307? http://navigates.gates.com/AddedVal...enger+Cars+&+Light+Trucks&Type=Passenger+Cars
- I’m ordering the Gates kit which comes with belt, idlers, tensioner and water pump/gasket. I’m also going to replace the thermostat (Subaru OEM) and the accessory drive belts. Is there anything else I should replace while I’m in there?
- I can’t find a diagram showing the tooth count for installing the new belt and getting it timed up correctly. I’ve got the Spring 2005 End Wrench article (attached) and it states there should be 44 teeth between the mark on the crank sprocket and the one on the passenger’s side cam pulley, and 40.5 teeth between the crank mark and the driver’s side cam mark. Is this right for my engine?
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