Tag: timing belts

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This Reader Needs a Second Opinion on a Dubious Issue
Oct 03, 2017

This Reader Needs a Second Opinion on a Dubious Issue

Dear Car Talk

Should a timing chain be changed when it's supposed to last the life of this Element? Or does this mechanic need help with a boat payment?

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Things to check on a used car
Oct 20, 2015

What to Check on a 10 Year Old Inherited Car?

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John's grandaughter is coming to live with him and she's bringing a inherited car with 100K miles on it. He wants to make sure this car is in good shape. What should he have his mechanic check out?

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Mechanichs swear while working
Nov 14, 2014

The Mechanic's Soliloquy

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Craig wants to know: Is the profanity-laced tirade his mechanic unleashed during a timing belt repair a sign of a tough job, or an inexperienced mechanic? Tom and Ray's take, right here.

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Timing belt breaks after being replaced
Jan 21, 2014

Is Mechanic to Blame for Timing Belt Woes?

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Kaylyn had her Bug's timing belt replaced but 23 days later it broke! Her mechanic said the crankshaft pulley was to blame, but Kaylyn is suspicious. Did her mechanics do something wrong? Find out what Tom and Ray think, right here.

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Frozen water pump breaks timing belt
Dec 31, 2013

Surprise: Broken Timing Belt

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Joanna's water pump froze and caused her timing belt to break, which in turn caused her to spend a whole lot of money to get it fixed. She wants to know how she can prevent something like this from happening again. Tom and Ray say her best bet is to make sure to get regular, routine maintenance work done by a trustworthy mechanic. Find out why this is important, right here.

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How long does a timing belt last
Jun 06, 2013

I Dream of Timing Belts?

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Today: Is Kate's father visiting her from beyond the grave to remind her to get her car serviced? Tom and Ray analyze Kate's recent dream and offer advice about when to change a timing belt, right here.

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is it worth paying three times as much for genuine subaru parts
May 28, 2013

Today: Is Bill's Dealer Charging Too Much?

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Bill's Subaru needs a new timing belt, and the dealer is asking twice what his local mechanic wants for the job. Tom and Ray say there may be more to this story than meets the eye. 

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Worn out writing on timing belt
Aug 01, 2011

Today: Jim gets a new timing belt - and smells a rat!

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About a year ago I had the timing belt replaced on my Subaru Outback Then last week I had the head gasket replaced at a different shop When they replaced the head gasket they looked at my timing belt and...

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Should I replace the timing belt before it fails
Jan 01, 2011

Sometimes "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ain't such a good idea.

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Our 2001 Subaru Forester (93,000 miles, we're the only owner) has been an excellent, essentially maintenance-free vehicle. Recently, when a front axle was replaced for a torn CV joint boot, the garage owner recommended a pre-emptive replacement of the timing belt. He...

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why do i need a new timing belt
Jul 01, 2010

Does Bill's Subaru really need a new timing belt?

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A few months ago, our local Subaru dealership determined that our Impreza needed a new engine, and that it would be covered by the factory warranty. Since the engine was replaced, we've put 7,000 more miles on the car. Now they...

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