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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Subaru Forester

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2009 Subaru Forester Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Brakes -- Verified

There is a technical service bulletin on the ABS control module. It is replaceable without having to replace the entire anti-lock brake hydraulic unit. Previously, the ABS control module was only available as a complete assembly that included the hydraulic unit.

2009 Subaru Forester Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 12, 2012

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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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Electrical & Lights, December 26, 2012

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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.

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Engine, October 20, 2008

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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.

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2009 Subaru Forester Questions and Answers

Sixdash8, 2009 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Morgan Hill, CA

Are the extended warranty's warranted Subaru America is offering one for 5 years 80K, provided my original mileage is still below 36,000 miles

dandyone, 2009 Subaru Forester, Olympia, WA

This is the second ECU reprogram update for this vehicle. Will any of the re-programing help milage or power?

expertatnothing, 2009 Subaru Forester, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Fairfield, CT

Clanging noise right after I shut the engine off

NevaIV, 2009 Subaru Forester, Cromwell, CT

considering purchasing a car that is over budget right now.

dandyone, 2009 Subaru Forester, Olympia, WA

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 se...

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