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Old 12-17-2018, 12:29 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by 8gv View Post
What does the owner's manual say?

I encountered a shop that suggested a timing belt replacement on my 89 year old mother in law's Toyota. I checked the manual and found that it had many miles and months left.

In all cars a broken belt means you stop, right now, regardless of where you are.

On some cars, a broken belt trashes the engine.

It seems that trashing the engine is used more as an incentive to change the belt but I could argue that stopping suddenly on 93 in 80 mph traffic might matter more!

The newer Subaru 2.5L engines don't require timing belt changes. They have a timing chain that swims in oil.
I'd replace the timing belt and maybe change the oil too!!!
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