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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2000-2004 Subaru Outback Alternator, Fan Belt Replacement

Fits Years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004


Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • 12mm socket/ratchet with extension


Step 1: Open the vehicle's hood.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the 10mm mounting bolts (3) that secure the belt cover to the alternator assembly. Lift and remove the smaller of the two covers.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the 12mm bolt (1) exposed by removing the smaller cover. You can now remove the larger cover.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the 12mm mounting bolt (1) on the PASSENGER'S side of the alternator.

Step 5: Loosen the 12mm belt tensioner bolt (1) located just above the alternator. You can now remove the belt from the vehicle.

Step 6: Route the new belt around the proper pulleys. Once the belt is in place, tighten the 12mm tensioner bolt (1) to secure its position.


NOTE: The belt should be taut, but not overly tight or stretched!

Step 7: With the NEW belt now in place, tighten the 12mm mounting bolt (1).

Step 8: Reattach the larger of the two covers by tightening the 10mm bolt (1).

Step 9: Attach the second cover and tighten the 10mm bolts (2) to secure it.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000 Subaru Outback Alternator, Fan Belt Replacement Instructions
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