2010 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2010 Subaru Forester

2010 Subaru Forester Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Catalytic Converter

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.

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.

Worn Out Gaskets Allowed Oil to Seep Into Spark Plugs

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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2010 Subaru Forester Questions

Subaru "Check Engine" P0026 issue won't go away! (1 answer)

Have a Subaru Forester 2010 (non turbo) model with ~110,000km.

For the last 20,000km I have taken it to Subaru mechanics about 5 times with the same issue - Check Engine light comes on after longer highway drives (longer than half an hour) at high speeds - not during these drives but usually ...

Need timing belt replaced and leaking cylinder head repaired (1 answer)

Is it cheaper to do both at the same time?

​What should I know b4 taking SUV to disliked dealer re:can't add fuel to tank?? (1 answer)

​Have 2010 ​Subaru Forester automatic, less than 11K miles,​ w/ ​an ​almost empty gas tank. Turned off car, tried to add gas but won't take-- acts like tank is full & splash-back got on me & ground. Obviously I wasn't paying attention!! I even had the attendant (older guy) try &am...

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2010 Subaru Forester Recalls

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Poor Braking Performance

In certain states, where salt is used to de-ice the roads, corrosion can occur at the four-way joint connector of the hydraulic braking system leading to a brake fluid leak. This fluid loss can result in longer than expected stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area to correct this concern. Some vehicles previously recalled of this concern may not have been repaired correctly. In addition, owners of vehicles outside of the affected states may request this recall be performed. Please contact your dealer to determine exactly how this recall affects your vehicle.

Brake Fluid Leaks From Corroded Lines

Brake lines may corrode excessively when salt water splashes behind a gap in the fuel tank protector. This can lead to brake line failure and leakage, and cause the brakes to fail. Dealers will inspect for leaking lines, apply rust proofing wax and replace lines found to be leaking free of charge to resolve the concern.

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2010 Subaru Forester Reviews

Overall is a good vehicle. The main problems are the weak A/C system that takes a long time to cool the cabin and the cheap looking interior finishes.

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