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A few jobs to sort with the new to me Forester,

The timing belt was changed at 45K miles but there's no mention of a further change in the service history - now at nearly 106K miles. 

The drivers door check strap isn't working so the door swings back if I don't keep hold of it.  

One HID bulb has a blue tint and the other doesn't so I guess that might be annoying to other drivers

Other than that the car is all working and lovely to drive 🙂 

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Sorted the xenon bulbs - now both 6000K ones but I dropped a protective cap down into a hole above the fog lamp - sounded like it was never going to stop lol.... so I need to recover that somehow.

Booked in for timing belt change along with new idlers and water pump for £360, does that sound a decent price?  

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That’s not too bad a price I think. It’s actually not a hard job to do yourself as long as you get a cam lock tool. 

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Thanks Fozster - limited to what I can do now but thanks 🙂  

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Water pump just needs inspection really and if was needing replacing be sure it either oem or top quality japan parts like aisin .
The standard original pumps are that high quality that even at 100K perfect order and better than standard quality pattern parts (we see oem pump at 150K and fine but this sort of mileage best replacing)

All idlers best replaced (normally all less than perfect) but again oem japan sourced ONLY (cheap from ICP) tensioner needs inspection/replacing, if not oem to start with it best replaced, I like the dayco or blueprint belts.
No need cam lock tool, 2 bull dog clips is all that needed and dayco belt has oem style alignment lines on belt making super simple install ...
 

Hard say price good or bad as depends on parts used, I will not use any kits as most do not have mainland japan oem bearings or decent water pumps (gates bad one for this)
We charge 395 for belt, all idlers, tensioners oem japan, aisin/blueprint pump, coolant and dayco belt .

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Thanks for this excellent info Mr B 🙂 

I'll make sure OEM parts are fitted , good to know about the water pump longevity too .... cheers

  

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Get them from ICP yourself and give parts to garage .

whether get pump is entirely up to you, for standard road car waste of money if oem pump in perfect order, We normally like doing tensioner but give owners choice on that if passes inspection and they wanting keep cost sensible .

using anything other than japan mainland oem manufacturer bearing parts on important job like this makes the service pointless imo, quality issues in after market parts currently is appalling and half the struggle of doing a good job without hassles is from experience of parts/brands .

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