The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of low catalytic converter efficiency. This same issue may cause the car to fail the State Smog Test if one is required.
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2008 Subaru Forester Problems
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
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.
An oil leak can develop from the spark plug tube seals. Excess oil in the spark plug tubes can result in engine misfires and illumination of the Check Engine Light. Our technicians tell us that removing the valve cover and replacing the tube seals and cover gasket is necessary to correct this concern. Oil damaged spark plugs, ignition wires, and ignition coils will also require replacement.
There is a technical service bulletin on the ABS control module. It is replaceable without having to replace the entire anti-lock brake hydraulic unit. Previously, the ABS control module was only available as a complete assembly that included the hydraulic unit.
2008 Subaru Forester Recalls (Recent)
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The front lower control arms may break at the hanger brackets due to corrosion. This corrosion is commonly a result of the hanger bracket being exposed to salty conditions, such as roads where salt is used as a snow melting agent. A broken control arm can result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected control arms and rustproof or replace them as necessary. The Subaru recall number is WVX-34.
2008 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers
Wisconsin Public Radio FM station has a popping noise when I drive into town; it's hardly noticeable when I drive in the opposite direction. The dealer is 30 miles away and could not replicat...
I hit the curb on the drivers side while I was turning to the right to exit a parking lot. Now I have a scratching noise on the same side as I drive,more as I turn the wheel right.
No problems yet but when I was getting an oil change, they suggested I get it done soon and it would be $1300.
They have checked the car 4different times, can't find a leek, but want me to pay a lot to check a hose that requires the gas tank to be removed. No promise that is the issue.