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wrxshotta 04-20-2009 01:51 PM

So what are my chances
So..i was driving the other day and i took off from a stop sign, i sunk my foot in the clutch to roll to the next stop sign and the motor died, tried cranking it up and it sounded as if every ounce of oil had been drained and every rod was busted and every bearing spun...turns out after removing one of the plastic cases it was my timing belt tensioner that had collapsed and was dangling around in there making the nasty noise...what are the chances of my valves being okay? i just got the car back 3 weeks ago from getting rebuilt.and i really dont have any where do i start

nagyhead 04-20-2009 02:42 PM

start by taking the car back to whoever did the build, i would image that them would have replaced the tensioner, if they did its their fault that it failed.
a compession/ leakdown test will tell you if you bent any valves.

Chase 04-20-2009 02:43 PM

Who put the timing belt on? It's their problem, that's a load of crap.

*edit* Heh, you beat me to it dude dude.

wrxshotta 04-20-2009 03:39 PM

im not sure if we replaced the tensioner with a new one, but still..ive never heard of anyone snapping the its their fault? and not mind for buying a new one to put on?

Chase 04-20-2009 04:06 PM

Was this a friend or something that you just handed a check and a bunch of parts to?
The tensioners are supposed to be replaced when the belt is. Did it break or did it fall because the bolt wasn't in place?

wrxshotta 04-20-2009 04:17 PM

lol..not exactly a friend...but a mechanic that i knew that built a couple of subies well..i melted a piston back in november and had it rebuilt by him..i did replace the belt but not sure of the tensioner...also not sure exactly what the status of it is...i pulled the far right cover and put my hand towards the middle and felt something dangling around in there..

Chase 04-20-2009 05:38 PM

Well if he's been doing subaru's, he should have known it needed replaced. Problems 3 weeks after getting it back should fall in his lap. I would non-agressivly tell him to fix it.

VD5505 04-20-2009 05:56 PM

Like Nagyhead said above, make sure you do a leak down and or a compression test to make sure everything is good, did you check to see if the timing belt skipped at all? Cause the timing belt is on there pretty tight when the tensioner isnt even installed yet, so maybe you have lucked out and the belt has not skipped any teeth.

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