2009 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Subaru Forester
- What brands and types of ATF are compatible with my 4-speed automatic transmission?
- Is there any trick to reseting the compass in my rear view mirror?
- How do you "Inspect" the timming belt? Can I inspect it, How?
- Is it expensive to maintain this car? Afraid of factory-only parts needed
- Why does my 2009 Forester clink and clangs right after I shut the engine off
2009 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
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.
2009 Subaru Forester Questions
The owners manual says that the timming belt should be inspected every 30,000 miles and replaced at 105,000 miles. I called the Subaru dealer to schedule this timming belt inspection, along with several other items, and the service person said that its not necessary. He said that he didn't kn...
considering purchasing a car that is over budget right now.
Clanging noise right after I shut the engine off
2009 Subaru Forester Recalls
The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are referred to as "puddle" lights. An electrical short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or its connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). The short circuit can generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire. Subaru dealers will install an additional fused-harness, to protect the puddle light system.
The automatic locking retractor, in the seat belt assembly located at the rear center seating position, may not lock as expected when used with a child safety seat. In the event of a crash, this would increase the risk of injury to a child seated at that location. Dealers will replace the affected seat belt retractor assembly to correct this concern. The Subaru recall number is WQA-37.
The engine oil supply tube may vibrate and crack due to improper installation. This could result in an oil leak and a fire hazard. Dealers will inspect for a cracked pipes and install an additional support bracket to secure the pipe. This recall began on October 20, 2008. The Subaru recall number is WVF-16.