The 2006 Subaru Outback uses the horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine proven to be so reliable in previous years. The timing belt is crucial to the proper operation of the engine and must be inspected every 30,000 miles. Any time wear is apparent, the belt should be replaced. At 105,000 miles, the factory recommends replacing the timing belt regardless of its condition. A competent home mechanic with a basic set of tools can accomplish this task.
Tools Used: Tools, Mechanic’s tool set, metric and standard sockets, wrenches
Replace Timing Belt
Position the engine at TDC (top dead center) for the number 1 cylinder. Remove the drive belts for power steering and air conditioning as well as the tensioner. Remove the air filter housing and the intake ducts. Remove the cooling fans and shroud.