1998 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Subaru Forester

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1998 Subaru Forester Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Front O2 Sensor

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.

 

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Engine Misfire Due to Failed Spark Plug Wires

Sometimes the Check Engine Light illuminates because the computer detects misfires. Subaru released an improved spark plug wire set to solve the problem. The ignition coil should also be inspected for carbon tracks or short circuits between the contacts

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1998 Subaru Forester Questions

Has anyone had long term success rebuilding a subaru 2.2L engine? (1 answer)

My head gasket blew on the original 2.5L engine. Replaced with a used 2.2L and now have a bad ring. Suggestions? Some say subaru has a "throw away engine" and rebuilds don't really work. Rebuild or look for a new car???

Car did not pass Emmisions Test.3rd and 4th Cylinders showed miss firing . (1 answer)

Check engine light always on.Car has all new plugs,wiring,Tune up.2 years on rebuilt engine.Good running engine.No loss of Engine Power.New oil Change.All new Belts and hoses.New Radiator.New AC .5 Speed all wheel drive.Doesnt burn Oil.There however seems to be less Mileage per Gallon of Gas.New...

how to insure heater tap is open (1 answer)

overheating- suspect air bubble in radiator

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1998 Subaru Forester Recalls

Recall 99V040000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS). (THE 1999 2.2 LITER LEGACY VEHICLES ARE EXCLUDED). IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, THE BRAKE PEDAL GOES TO THE FLOOR AND THE VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE IS INCREASED.

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1998 Subaru Forester Reviews

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I bought my "98" forster 2 years ago with almost 100,000 miles on it. It has been a really good car. now I have 180.000 miles on it and I have to change the head gaskets, that will cost about 1200.oo. But I really think it's worth it

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