anybody have a CARFAX account,to look up a Outback i bought ?i'm wondering if the timing belt change is on there,and i'm getting ready to fly down to Florida,and pick the car up,,,,it has 125,000,,and it would sure help to know if it has been changed ,before i drive it 800 miles home...i got a Autocheck,,but it has no service records,,,,,my mistake any help appreciated
Agreed, it's only 50/50 that a belt replacement would show up on a Carfax report.
And even if it did, that won't tell you if they just slapped in a new belt or if they also replaced the idler bearings. Half the time the belt is fine, but then one of the idler pulley bearings seizes up and rips the belt in the blink of an eye.
I'm picking the car up in Florida the 19th,and i know it would be stupid to assume it.s been done,,,,i.m hoping with the mileage,that it has...will i be able to take either the left or right cam gear covers off without taking fans out,,and if so which side would be easier ??it's just a few 10mm correct?? i would just like to know before i drive 900 miles home,,it would make me feel better thanks for the help .....1st subie................i wanted 1 for a long time
Did you get pics under the hood of the engine area? If the Tbelt WAS done by a shop, there 'should' be a sticker somewhere - I've even seen them on the underside of the hood - visible when you open it and look up, on the radiator support, on the Tbelt cover etc.
Either side cam cover - 10mm - maybe remove the overflow bottle on the driver's side?
The attached is $10 for a CF report....I've used them w/out issue multiple times.
...and you've heard of the Head Gasket issues w/these, correct? When you start it up, give it 10 minutes to get warm - Temp gauge needle will be just below halfway- and ensure there are NO BUBBLES in that overflow bottle....if there are don't even drive it. And you'll want to budget $1500-2000 for the HG (@ a shop), if they've not been done, as it's unlikely they'll last must longer.
Make sure you CHECK THE OIL every time you stop for fuel (wait 5 minutes after turning it off) to verify it's not burning/leaking oil - make sure it's FULL b4 hitting the road.
When you 1st get it, start it and look @ the exhaust for blue smoke..shouldn't be any.
If you bought this off Ebait, ensure you keep records of any issues, as I've had 2 cars that I had to use Ebay's Guarantee to get a refund for repairs immediately after I got it.