Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'00 Subaru Outback, Is His Timing Off?
Q: I went to a Subaru dealer today for a safety inspection on a used car I want to buy. The guy tells me it needs a timing belt because the valves will be crushed by the pistons if it were to fail. Doesn't a 2000 Outback have a non-interference engine? If this is a joke, his timing is off??
A: The Gates Timing Belt Replacement Guide does not show your vehicles engine as a valve bending piston cracking type interference engine. This indicates that the engine should just stall and the vehicle would roll to a stop in the event the timing belt does fail. The guide also shows that Subaru suggests replacing their timing belt on a 2000 Outback at 105k miles.