2002 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Subaru Forester
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2002 Subaru Forester ProblemsCooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure
Subaru issued a recall (WWG-90) because the mass air flow sensor has a manufacturing defect.
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.
2002 Subaru Forester QuestionsI have a quote for $3500 for an engine swap. ~100000mile engine. Includes clutch, engine, new timing and water pump and all labor. High/ low/ average cost? Thanks!! (1 answer)
I lost the timing belt at 104,000 Blew the engine. This would be for a full swap to a used motor of equivalent miles.
Check light code is P1443. I can see no leaks. Only happens in very cold weather. Smell seems to be coming from heating vents. Do I have to pay $90 for a full diagnostics?
No drips on garage floor
2002 Subaru Forester RecallsThe Automatic Transmission May Not Hold the Vehicle in Park
The transmission park mechanism located inside the automatic transmission may not hold when the selector is in the "park" position. The vehicle could move/roll without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly to correct this concern.