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Subaru Liberty water pump

Asked by BP

I've been told the cam-timing belt on my 2005 2.0-litre Subaru Liberty, which has done 100,000 km needs to be changed at the next service. I've also been told when that's being done I also need to change the water pump as it's a sealed unit, and if not done it could cause big trouble later on. I've been quoted about $400 for the water pump, is this correct?

Answered by CarsGuide

16 Nov 2012 Graham Smith

It's common practice to replace the water pump at the belt change, and not just on Subarus, as the water pump is usually found to be leaking when they take off the front cover and belt etc. By replacing it when the engine is pulled down for the belt change you won't have to do it again when the water pump finally fails. If you're not sure ask to see evidence the water pump needs replacing before the mechanic goes ahead and fits a new one. $400 is about right if it has to be replaced.

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