Service schedule after 100k miles?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by tenplay, Dec 13, 2003.

  1. tenplay

    tenplay Guest

    My 96 Legacy LS has 112,000 miles on it. Still running very well. Other
    than oil changes, the last servicing I had was at 90k. What is an effective
    service schedule for after 100k? Regular servicing would be more important
    as the car gets older. Thanks for any advice.
    tenplay, Dec 13, 2003
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  2. tenplay

    Jim Stewart Guest

    It's important to keep an eye on the rubber
    parts as the car gets older. Check the CV
    joint boots with each oil change. Catching
    a torn one early will save you the cost of
    a new joint. Check the hoses and belts for

    My Outback has about 90k on it and here's my

    5k - change oil and filter, Mobil 1, inspect
    rubber parts, check fluids including

    10k - Above plus air filter and rotate tires.

    40k - Above plus replace brake pads and bleed

    80k - Above plus replace timing and fan belts,
    plugs, water pump, oil seals, timing belt
    tensioner and coolant. Regrease aircon
    belt idler pulley.

    I also replace the battery every 3 years. In
    my climate, I would judge that it is in hard
    service and you might be able to go longer.

    This is not an all-inclusive list. The handbrake
    and clutch may need adjustment, the clutch will
    eventually wear out, and no doubt other things
    will fail. It should be a good starting point
    Jim Stewart, Dec 13, 2003
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  3. tenplay

    tenplay Guest

    Thanks for your plan. How did you decide on the mileage intervals? I think
    a lot of Sub owners do regular oil change/lube with visual checks under the
    hood like Jiffy Lube does plus repairs/replacements as needed. I am
    thinking of having the 90k servicing done every 30k or so and replacing the
    timing belt every 60k as preventative measures. I plan to keep my Sub for a
    tenplay, Dec 13, 2003
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    Jim Stewart Guest

    They just make sense to me. I don't have any
    documentation that it's the best plan. I wanted
    a schedule where everything happened on 5k
    intervals and made sense. I've always changed
    syn oil every 5 thousand and replaced the air
    filter every other time. The Subaru is unique
    in that 10k is about right for tire rotation.

    40k is a bit early for changing brake pads, but
    I figure that if I change them with plenty of
    meat left, there's less chance of warping a
    rotor. I think Subaru recommends 30k for
    bleeding brakes. I don't think it hurts to go
    another 10k and do the pads too.

    Subaru recommends 100k for the timing belt. At
    80k, mine still looked perfect, so I think 80k
    is plenty conservative. As to the other 80k
    stuff, it's all apart and you might as well get
    your hands really dirty. Probably next time
    I'll change the radiator hoses as well if they
    last that long.

    I think
    Jim Stewart, Dec 13, 2003
  5. tenplay

    tenplay Guest

    Are you saying that Subaru recommends changing the timing belt at 100k or to
    do it every 100k? My manual said to change it at 60k, so I just guessed
    that it should be changed every 60k. That's one part that I don't want
    breaking on me on a trip.
    tenplay, Dec 14, 2003
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    Jim Stewart Guest

    I can't speak for your Subaru, but mine, a '99 California
    Outback Legacy with a 2.5 engine calls for inspecting
    it every 30 months/30,000 miles and changing it every
    90 months/90,000 miles. That's right out of the original
    manual I got with the car.

    I'm not sure where I got the 100,000 mile number, probably
    the repair guy that I talked to about changing it. As
    I said, the old belt looked brand new and I'm sure it
    could have gone a lot further than 100k miles. On a
    mission-critical part like that, it's good to have
    money in the bank.
    Jim Stewart, Dec 14, 2003
  7. tenplay

    Jim Stewart Guest

    Ok, I missread the manual. It says replace at
    105 months/105k miles. Sorry for the compounded
    confusion. That's where I got the 100k number,
    rounded off.
    Jim Stewart, Dec 14, 2003
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    ed Guest

    By the way, there is little you can see from an inspection of timing belts,
    other than if it is cracking. I've changed belts with 160,000 km (100,000 m)
    and they still looked good, sometimes the printed info was still visible.
    Since these belts fatigue from the constant bending of going around the
    pulleys, the only thing is to change them at the specified interval. There
    is no need to change them sooner, they are made to last the specified
    interval. Only thing with Subaru is that this belt runs the water pump, but
    with the back of the belt, so if it seizes, it will squeak and the temp
    gauge will quickly go up, so you will notice it before any damage is done.
    Other makes like Honda use the toothed side to run the pump, if the pump
    seizes, it rips out the teeth, and usually causes instant damage. Last
    Subaru T-belt I changed was on a Legacy with 180 km (150 mi), where the pump
    had seized, so I wonder if it's not more efficient to change it at the first
    belt change rather than wait until the 2nd one, and risk the pump seizing
    up. Dealer told me they rarely change Subaru pumps, but from my experience
    the small added cost of a new pump at the same time as the T-belt is cheap
    insurance, especially when you're on a trip as you approach the next belt
    change mileage.

    Ed B.
    ed, Dec 14, 2003
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    TG Guest

    Measure the width to tell if it is time to replace the belt. This is in at
    least some Subaru shop manuals. TG
    TG, Dec 14, 2003
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