This is my first post and I DID search. I viewed this thread: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea....2+timing+belt
I also looked at two more but searching for "2.2 timing belt" turned up a lot of non-related results. I tried looking through the how-to section first but it isn't organized into specific items and it seems anyone can post anything there so it is confusing.
I also viewed the video in that thread linked above but he doesn't mention what year engine he is working on.
I got this 1997 Legacy L with the EF22 engine for $800. It has 240,000 miles on it and he PO couldn't remember if he ever put the timing belt on it. He owned it from 120,000 miles. Since it seems the post-1996 EF22 is interference, I don't want to leave it to chance. I've read/heard about the 'green' bearings in the timing kits not being as good as the double bearings and wasn't sure if there was any merit to that. I plan to purchase a timing kit form Rock Auto but had some questions I wanted to ask first.
Some kits say 'CA' emissions on them. I'm not sure if that matters or if it does, how I can tell. My scanner shows 'CA' on the test portion but I don't know if that is what the kit manufactures are looking for.
Do you really need to remove the cam sprockets? I downloaded the service manual and it says to remove the sprockets but doesn't say why and there doesn't appear to be an obvious reason. I know on my Zetec that you have to loosen the cam gears to get the belt to mesh with the gear teeth (as per a TSB) and wasn't sure if that is why they mean here. I've timed Mitsubishi engines that didn't require this step but you did have to retard the crankshaft one tooth so it would take up the slack when you set tension on the belt. I see how long the belt on this EJ22 is and wonder why you don't need to do it on this engine.
I'm looking at the AISIN kits: TKF002 and TKF003 but one is a CA kit. They are both the same price and appear the same in the pictures, not sure what that is about.
Other than a knock sensor circuit code (P0315 if memory serves) this thing doesn't have any major issues. It is slow but I think it needs a tune-up and the VC gaskets leak, so those will be replaced. My wife really likes it and it should certainly get better fuel economy then our Honda Passport.