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1999 Subaru Legacy Wagon Brighton 5dr Manual XA Equip

1999 Subaru Legacy Wagon
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door Wagon, Mid-Size Station Wagon
22 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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October 8, 2012, 9:47 am

Michelle B

Question: Water Pump/Timing Belt

I contacted an auto repair shop about a price quote on installing a new water pump. The mechanic told me that I would have to also replace the timing belt. Is this correct?

October 14, 2012, 4:03 pm

Ron W
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I'd need to know your engine size to look up specifics for your vehicle, but the short answer is probably yes.

Many water pumps are driven by the timing belt, so if you need to replace one or the other, it is best practice to replace both.

If you replace just the belt, then the pump fails, you would have to do the job again as both components would be ruined. Or if you replace a pump, you wouldn't want the shop to charge you more labor in a month (for the exact same procedure) because now the timing belt is due to be replaced.

In the long run, changing both components save labor costs and ensures the job will last .

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