When Subaru models with 1.5l, 1.6l, 2.0l, 2.2l & 2.5l Petrol engines with manual transmission (e.g. Subaru Forester, Impreza, Liberty, Legacy and Outback) began to show significant timing belt drive systems failure, Gates engineers discovered improper installation was the cause. They went beyond OE and created a special tool that ensures a perfect installation, every time.
CORRECT BELT CLEARANCE IS CRUCIAL
The affected models are typically fitted with a timing belt guide plate directly above the crank shaft pulley, very close to the timing belt. Manufacturer specifications call for 0.5mm to 1mm (.019” to .059”) of clearance between the belt and guide plate to prevent contact between these components. Belt-to-cover contact causes friction and generates excessive heat, resulting in premature component failure and catastrophic engine damage.
Ideal clearance between the timing belt and guide plate
FLAWLESS INSTALLATION, EVERY TIME
Needless to say that it’s key to ensure correct clearance across the full arc of the guide plate. Since it’s almost impossible to guarantee this through visual inspection, Gates has developed an application-specific tool to help you achieve the required clearance
. When mounting the guide plate, insert the GAT0001 Gates Spacer tool
between the belt and the plate. After tightening the bolts, the tool can be removed using the convenient ‘extension tab’, leaving an ideal clearance between the plate and the belt. It’s that simple!
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE BOX
As the ultimate kit provider, Gates offers the aftermarket the complete solution for an overhaul of the affected engines. The PowerGrip® kits specially developed to suit these models include the Gates GAT0001 Spacer Tool
, making timing belt drive replacement more efficient and preventing costly comebacks. If desired, the exclusive tool is available separately as well.