2008 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Subaru Forester

2008 Subaru Forester Problems

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.

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

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.

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2008 Subaru Forester Questions

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.

No problems yet but when I was getting an oil change, they suggested I get it done soon and it would be $1300.

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 replicate the noise and offered no solution.My car has an in-glass aerial on the left side. When I drive in...

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2008 Subaru Forester Recalls

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.

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