Read the wheel bearing threads on here, to learn what to look for or feel.
Go to a local repair shop to get a estimate on the timing belt. Having done mine, there isa lot of labor and the kit is like $330 plus fluids, and shop charges.
224,000miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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