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1996 Subaru Legacy Outback Question: I was told I need to replace water pump and a timing belt kit

 

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Jerrho, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Boston, MA, February 24, 2011, 07:10
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I was told I need to replace water pump and a timing belt kit. And I'm not sure how much I should be paying for these repairs. My car is a 5-speed manual shift.I was driving it when it cut off. I could not get it started after that. I had sensors changed because that is what the car computer had said what was setting of the engine light. It still would not start.

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    raiderron February 24, 2011, 08:16
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    Hopefully the valves were not damaged when timing belt went. If timing belt is broken then the pistons and valves will not move. If water pump went out and broke timing belt then yes it is needed. If water pump is old and in with timing belt then should be replaced to save labor of pump replacement at a later date.

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    Jerrho, February 26, 2011, 10:35
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    Thank you for your information. And update on what I found out. the previous owner had done a new timing belt. but the water pump had a leak and some of the sensors were detected to be faulty. Those things were replaced and my engine would not start at first. Once it did get started it had lots of noise coming form the engine. We thought maybe it was pistons or valves like you suggested, but found out that the radiator core was degrading and was sending mental fragment through the hoses into the water pump to the engine causing the noise. This is what I believe the previous owner was trying to fix and was unsuccessful doing. As of now, everything is running just fine. Ball park what would you have charge for labor and parts?

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    motorcarsinternational from Motor Cars International, Inc., February 28, 2011, 11:29
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    we recomend callin several repautable shops for estimates,regarding the no start,the computer will not tell you how to repair a vehicle,only wich sensor is picking up a problem,

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