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ABP_Tardis_42 06-16-2009 05:06 PM

Had a belt fall off today...any assistance appreciated...
I started up my car before and when I put it into reverse it made this horrible screeching sound, so immediately engine off-hood up... what do I see...???...

I have never had this happen to one of my cars before so I am a little clueless in regards to what to do now. Can I get the belt back on somehow until I can get a replacement put on? Is that even a good idea (if it slipped once it will slip again on startup right?) are there any special tools or specs to know of before going at this...???...
TIA everyone

Max Capacity 06-16-2009 05:26 PM

05 so I guess it's out of warrenty.

How many miles ?

You can loosen the adjusting bolt and put the belt back on. I would buy replacement belts and change them.

ABP_Tardis_42 06-16-2009 05:27 PM

yeah she is not under warranty anymoree, and if I can do it myself I prefer to you know. Thanks for the advice

Max Capacity 06-16-2009 05:34 PM

Yes you can DIY it's pretty straight forward.

I even replaced my timing belt myself

tommypenguin 06-16-2009 05:35 PM

Here is a link to a video showing how to do it, I referenced it when I had to do mine. Fallout was a great game.

ABP_Tardis_42 06-16-2009 07:02 PM

Took a look at that video and if only life could be as simple as that guys...when I loosened up that one pulley I didn't get any change in tension and still couldn't get it back to where it was (top pulley in the pic) + there was a harness behind it which is now ground to dust. So my next step, I am going to order 2 new belts and change both; what can I do about that harness was the mating end attached or part (built in, thereby neccessitating a new unit) of the unit? Anyone know a good place to buy the belts or should I just go stealership shopping?

Thanks again all

and Tommy, yeah it took me about 6 months to even get interested, bought the game on a whim and didn't stop playing for the next couple of months...unfortunately I have a ps3 so no DLC's for me yet...

ClimberD@HexMods 06-16-2009 08:23 PM

Fred Beans Parts is a subaru dealer that will ship you oem items at the best prices, and they take returns. As for the wires that got rubbed away, time to solder! You really should get the "Vacation Pics" factory manual so you can see how to properly do everything to the car, unless you already figured it out.

ABP_Tardis_42 06-16-2009 08:28 PM

I was thinking fred beans would be the ticket, I will search for the vacation pics, I had found the full repair manual online though.

alnielsen 06-16-2009 09:54 PM

I'm having a similar problem with my 04 Outback, so I thought I would piggyback on this thread. Its throwing both belts. I replaced a slightly damaged alternator/PS belt and it threw both belts again. It looks like there may be an alignment problem with the pulleys. The pulley on the engine looks like there may be a slight wobble to it when the engine is at idle. Do I have a bad pulley?

Scruit 06-16-2009 10:47 PM

My wife's 01 outback puked the belt when the idler pulley bearing failed. New idler, tensioner (for good measure), belt etc. Took an hour - the two biggest problems were getting the old belt out from all the nooks and crannies it had been forced into... and getting the new belt on (it was VERY tight, tight enough that I questioned the belt routing 3 times before I finally just went nuts and got the belt in place.

alnielsen 06-17-2009 08:57 AM

Sorry, the idler isn't it. It seems the pulley on the engine is loose from the harmonic balancer(?). When the car is running, the pulley moves toward the radiator throwing off the alignment of the pulleys. I need to figure out how to keep the pulley in place or if the harmonic balancer(?) needs to be replaced.

ehsnils 06-17-2009 10:27 AM

Bad pulley bearing maybe.

alnielsen 06-17-2009 12:29 PM

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It's like the oem pulley is two pieces. The inner piece is firmly mounted to the crankshaft and in it's correct position. Then theres an outer piece that the belts ride on. The two seem to have become seperated and the outer part of the pulley is sliding on the inner part.
The inner part of the pulley is in it's correct location. The outer ring, that the belts ride on, is sliding in and out. When it slides out, it causes an alignment problem for the belts and they get thrown off.

alnielsen 06-17-2009 07:27 PM

Car is going into the shop tomorrow. I guess I'll have to have them replace the pulley if there isn't a fix.

ehsnils 06-18-2009 12:14 AM

OK, sorry, I misunderstood. Thought it was about the tensioner...

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