2012 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance Costs
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2012 Subaru Forester ProblemsCheck Engine Light Due to Failed Catalytic Converter
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.
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
2012 Subaru Forester QuestionsThe passenger side air bag indicators shows it is off. How do I turn it on? (1 answer)
I just bought a 2012 Forester. Nowhere in the manual does it explain how to turn the passenger side air bag on.
Does this mean the car is not equipped with a passenger-side air bag?
Our 2012 forester is using about one quart per 1000 miles.
2012 Subaru Forester RecallsPassenger Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Deployment Spraying Metal Fragments
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.
The air injection pump may continually operate due to a faulty relay. This can cause it to overheat and possibly melt. Dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay free of charge to resolve the concern.
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.