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I changed my timing belt at 105,000miles. Now I'm hearing a belt squeak coming from the front of the engine. Could it be possible I need a timing belt, or what else might it be? FYI the Subaru Outback now has 185,000 miles.

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Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at It could be just a drive belt. I'd take it back to whoever replaced the timing belt & have them check it out.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive A squeal when running is generally from one of the accessory drive belts. Does the noise get change at all when you are turning or have the ac on? If it does, the belt just might need adjusting or a pulley may be going bad, causing the belt to slip and creating the noise you are hearing. As far as the timing belt, usually these do not make noise, but after 80,000 miles it would be a good idea to check its condition and replace it if necessary.

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