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n8mcd 03-28-2013 06:06 PM

Did the factory paint the cam gears?
I have a 2005 wrx that I just bought with 108k on it and I am trying to figure out if the timing belt was changed. The person i bought it from said that it had been changed at 90k but didn't have a receipt for it. There is no lettering on the belt that I can find but it looks to be in ok shape. I did notice that there was white and blue paint on the cam gears though. Did the factory paint the marks on the cam gears? Any other hints to as how I can tell if it was done? Carfax did not say anything.

man show 03-29-2013 05:09 PM

There should be three (I think) sets of either one or two tick marks on each cam gear so you can find top dead center easily and properly line everything up.

If the belt is blue, it has been changed to an aftermarket Gates timing belt. If it's black, it will be hard to tell if it has been changed just by looking at it. If you plan on keeping the car for a long period of time and you don't trust the person who owned the car before you, you might want to consider changing it. If you think you might only have it for a short period of time and you trust the previous owner's word that it has been changed, don't worry about it.

n8mcd 03-29-2013 06:13 PM

I know there are lines in the cam gears, but it looks like someone took a white paint pen and painted over the lines. The belt is black.

man show 03-30-2013 08:29 AM

Maybe that was done by whoever changed the belt then - perhaps an old mechanic with bad eyes who wanted to be absolutely sure he could find the notches?

n8mcd 03-30-2013 10:43 AM

Ok but they don't come with any paint on the cam gears from the factory?

pzr2874 03-30-2013 04:31 PM

The new Gates belt does... not sure on the gear... doesn't look like it.


MTL it was changed.

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