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Timing belt replacement

My wife's 1998 Subaru Forester has just under 60,000 original miles on it. We have done most of the scheduled service on the car, but do not drive it much now, and we are confused about when to change the timing belt. Should this be on a mileage or a time basis? Are there other important service issues we should be concerned with?

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The timing belt on this car should done based on which ever comes first recommended mileage or time basis. If this car has the 2.5 litter Engine I would recommend changing it ASAP. The 2.5L engine is What is referred to as an interference engine which means that if the timing belt breaks the pistons will slap the valves rendering the engine useless. Keep in mind a timing belt is made only of rubber and nylon cord it is not uncommon for them to fail before the recommended service intervel

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Timing belts unlike chains will just go,almost no warning.if you are not ******* it ,it might hold out. but if driven hard,stop & go in dirty conditions change when manuel tells you .it can save a costly over head rebuild...

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