When it is time to change the timing belt in your Subaru you’ll want to change out more than just the timing belt. The water pump, thermostat, idler and tensioner bearings, hydraulic tensioner assembly, drive belts, and seals all should be replaced with the timing belt. What is more, they should be replaced with OEM parts.
So, What Are OEM Parts?
OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer and buying OEM ensures that you are getting the same parts that the automobile manufacturer used when building your car. It should be noted that failure to use OEM replacement parts may void your manufacturer’s warranty.
How Do You Know If Your Subaru Parts Are OEM?
Herein lies the problem. Subaru, like most automobile manufacturers does not publicize from which manufacturers they source their parts and finding accurate information online is a bit of a crap-shoot. Luckily for you, we have listed below Subaru’s preferred manufacturers for all of your timing belt replacement parts.
Subaru OEM Timing Belt Replacement Parts
Timing Belt – Mitsuboshi or Bando
Water Pump – NPW or Aisin
Thermostat – Kuzeh of Japan
Idler and Tensioner Bearings – Koyo and NSK
Hydraulic Tensioner Assembly – NTN
Drive Belts – Bando
Seals – Stone of Japan
Make sure when buying a timing belt kit or any individual timing belt components for your Subaru that they correspond with the manufacturers listed above. This way you can be sure you are getting original equipment and that your parts will fit properly and wear as expected.