If you've never done one before, 3-4 hours. An experienced mechanic could do it in 2.How long does it take to change a timing belt and water pump in a 1996 2.5 liter subaru outback?
3 hours @ $90.00 a hourHow long does it take to change a timing belt and water pump in a 1996 2.5 liter subaru outback?
If you have never done one, it will take you into eternity. You REALLY need to know what you are doing on these. The left side intake and exhaust cams are on lobe when you line up the timing marks. If you don't have the proper tools, you will keep jumping off of lobe. Also, the lower timing mark is impossible to see without a reachy-mirror. This is a job where you need to replace the cam and crank seals as long as you are there. If you don't, you will go back in and do them again at some point.
Now, if you decide to fix these things, you might as well save up and have the head gaskets replaced if they have not already been done. The timing belt, water pump, seals, etc. are changed when you replace the head gaskets. This is as common as Christmas on a Sunday with these cars. If your car is currently overheating, this is the problem.
3 hours top. i just did mine on my impreza , remove the radiator, and you have plenty of room to work, water pump about 6 bolts and 2 clamps and it comes right off, your new timing belt will have 5 marks on that you line up on each pulley, you cant mess it up, do a google search and you can find a belt diagram but your new belt will probably have one. good luck