Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

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

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.

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.

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

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Subaru Forester Questions

My 2004 Subaru forester makes a thumping sound when i turn the steering wheel and back up. what is causing that? it sounds likw its coming from the left rear tire. its a standard with 107000 miles, is 10 yrs old.3 mechanics have given me 3 different answers; one says i need a new clutch;1 says i...

My dealer suggested I keep RPMs below 4k until I hit 1,000 miles, is that really necessary?

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Subaru Forester Recalls

The carpeted floor mats may curl when exposed to heat due to a manufacturing fault with the floor mat backing material. Curling of the driver's floor mat could interfere with foot pedal operation increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the set of 4 carpeted floor mats to correct this concern.

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.

 

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Subaru Forester Reviews

I have two foresters an 01 and an 02 129,000 on the 01 and 138,000 on the 02 great car for the weather in Northeast Pa ride nice and solid just keep up on oil pludgs and sparkplug wires and tires an only on the second set of breaks on both sure beats the ass off of my ford explorer in the winter never again will i buy a ford these cars are fun to have why can't americans compete with this low m...

left subaru years ago for a chevy.... so glad to be back..... 180,000 and it runs like well enough to keep us happy.... will never own anything but...had problems with thermostat only to learn it was owner neglect....

I have a 2003 forester and I have never owned a better car

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