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#12 of 31 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Replacement
Apr 29, 2008 (8:24 am)
I have a 2002 Forester with 68,500 miles. What mileage I should I be looking at getting the timing belt replaced? The local Subaru dealership in suburban Chicago told me 60,000 miles--is this correct? Also, they quoted $450.00 to replace the timing belt. Is this high or about the right price? Thanks in advance.
#13 of 31 Re: Subaru Forester Timing Belt Replacement [stdonatus]
Apr 29, 2008 (8:51 am)
Subaru says 105,000 miles for a timing belt for 2.5L engines. The old 2.2L engines had a 60,000 mile recommendation.
$450 sounds about right. We just had it done on our '01 Forester at just under 105K, and I think we paid in that neighborhood.
May 01, 2008 (12:00 pm)
Get a Chase Subaru Credit card.
Within a year you can accumulate $500 worth of Subaru Bucks.
Your timing belt will be free.
#15 of 31 Re: scheduled maintenance costs [bette608]
Jul 31, 2008 (10:41 am)
The Subaru dealer here in Salem, OR quoted me $860 for the 30K maintenance on a 2004 Forester (I have 33K as of today). Their quote includes a few things I don't see on in the maintenance schedule that came with the car. The biggest $$$ are for these two:
Throttle body induction service
Carbon fuel service (they use a system called TerraClean)
I also see Air intake system cleaner on the quote..
Other dealers in nearby cities charge around $680 and seem to stick to what is on the list in the maintenance schedule.
So, what are those other things mentioned above, exactly? Should they be done? If so, how often? Is all that carbon business really a signifant problem at only 30K? Don't modern fuels included cleaners? Full disclosure: I rarely even open the hood and have the Subaru dealer do everything. I went there to get new wipers (lame, I know)! I'm old now, and lazy ...
#16 of 31 spark plug replacement
Aug 29, 2008 (12:39 pm)
For my 30k service (2006 Forester LL Bean)I went to my local independent garage which I have been happy with. However, their charge for changing the spark plugs was $140. When I called the local dealer they said that their charge is $240 because they use Platinum plugs. Hah! I suspect that getting these plugs out is difficult, but don't these prices seem excessive. So, just how difficult are they?
Also, the garage that did the work did not change the brake fluid, saying that it looked just fine. Will this effect the warranty.
I remember the days when I could change the plugs in my 66 volvo in 1/2 hour max.
Of course the car handled like a tank, but that's another issue. And in the 50 years that I have owned cars, from a 50 ford, to a TR4, to a couple of Volvos, etc, I never had the brake fluid changed. I know that I cant generalize from my experience, but I really wonder about the necessity of this. Im obsessive about tires and brakes, but break fluid?
ps All of my cars have gotten over
125k miles with no problems, except for the poorly made Volkswagen Quantum which drove me crazy.
#17 of 31 Re: spark plug replacement [logtrail]
Aug 29, 2008 (4:42 pm)
Reach up from underneath, and you can change all 4 in half hour or so. That fee seems pretty high to me.
2nd time, with the right tools, it took me maybe 20 minutes.
#18 of 31 Re: spark plug replacement [ateixeira]
Aug 30, 2008 (1:39 pm)
I have not seen any DIYs that do it from below. This thread shows doing it from above:
It is said to take an hour with the right tools, including doing these for better access:
- removing the windshield washer bottle from and the battery from the driver side
- removing the air cleaner snorkel from the passenger side.
- opening the hood straight up by removing the prop from its mount in the radiator support and taking the plug out of the strut tower to put the prop there (undo the windshield washer hose leading to the hood first).
Tools include a 5/8" spark plug socket, a spark plug ratchet hinged at the head, a 3" extension and a 1-1/2" extension.
What is it like doing it from below? Is there clear access so nothing has to be removed, and does it take the same or less tools?
#19 of 31 Re: spark plug replacement [aatherton]
Sep 02, 2008 (11:07 am)
I've done it twice from above, and once from below. Thing is, I can't remember if the one from below was on our Forester or our Legacy!
#20 of 31 First oil change on '09 Forester?
Sep 16, 2008 (2:32 pm)
At the risk of being flogged with a wet seatbelt because I should know this, should we change the oil for the first time at 1,000 or 3,000 miles?
We bought our 2.5XL late last month and are up to 600 miles. It's our first new car since '94, so we're used to just changing the oil every 3,000. And is this something we should have done by the dealership or our trusty mechanic?
I want to do right by our pristine new Subie. (You can tell, I've still got the new owner euphoria.) TIA for your suggestions.
#21 of 31 Re: First oil change on '09 Forester? [pyewackett]
Sep 17, 2008 (10:01 am)
3750 miles, I believe, though many owners do an extra change at 1000 miles for extra insurance.