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Subaru Forester Belts, Pulleys, and Brackets

Automotive belts, pulleys, and brackets are parts that help power and support many vital components in your Subaru Forester. Belts drive the pulleys that initiate power to each engine component, whereas brackets provide structure to keep each component attached to core systems. Failure of any one of these parts may cause the affected vehicle system to stop working.

What types of belts does the Subaru Forester SUV have?

The Forester uses two drive, or serpentine, belts. One belt powers the alternator and power steering components and the other belt runs the air conditioning compressor. Subaru belts should be regularly inspected and replaced when they develop cracks or squeak while operating. This signals a weakening belt.

What are the signs of a defective Subaru Forester pulley?

Defective pulleys should be replaced immediately in a Forester. Otherwise, they can affect the timing of a larger system and cause components to operate inefficiently - or even catastrophic failure. Some signs to look out for include:

  • Wobbling: A pulley that spins with a slight or significant wobble can break a main belt or affect the proper timing of an engine.
  • Cracks: Cracks may cause a pulley to break, which can damage other components and cause engine failure.
  • Noise: Noise is likely caused by a defective pulley and may indicate fatigue.
When should you replace a bad Subaru bracket?

Automotive components are frequently housed within a bracket. Brackets attach these components to the larger systems. However, brackets tend to weaken as they age. Weak, cracked, or broken brackets should be replaced as soon as possible. You should replace bad brackets if there is:

  • Component loosening: A bad bracket could weaken the attachment of a component to the body, causing vibrations or other noises. Any vibration detected in a Forester model should be professionally inspected as soon as possible.
  • Cracking or weakening: Cracked or weakened brackets could cause the component to separate from the main system. For example, vehicle brakes will fail if brake pads separate from a defective bracket. Larger brackets that hold entire systems, such as the CVT, may cause structural damage if they fail. Older models, such as the XT, should have thorough bracket inspections.
What Subaru vehicles use belts, pulleys, and brackets?

Every Subaru model ever made, from the classic XT to today’s Forester, makes extensive use of belts, pulleys, and brackets. Although each Subaru Forester model uses premium parts and is equipped with sensors to detect abnormalities, it is still important to inspect them regularly.