2008 Subaru Forester Repair and Maintenance

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

2008 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.

Improved Spark Plug Wires for Misfire Issues

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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2008 Subaru Forester Questions

where is the electric window fuse located in a 2008 forrester (2 answers)

drivers side power window only works sometimes, could it be a fuse and if so where is it located

Evap leek they can't find, want to check hose on top of gas tank, thoughts? (1 answer)

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.

When should I change my Forester's (83K) timing belt & how much should it cost? (2 answers)

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

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2008 Subaru Forester Recalls

Front Lower Control Arms May Break

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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