Questions tagged [forester]

Referring to the Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru brand, of motor vehicles produced from 1997 to present. This vehicle was produced as a compact crossover SUV from 1997 to 2008, and as a mid-sized crossover SUV from 2009 to present.

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04 Forester Coolant system overheating

Okay guys I'm new-ish to working and trouble shooting my vehicles but I'm getting stumped. I have a 2004 forester xs with 120,000 on motor, 250,000 on body. Only 1 check engine code which pertains to ...
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Cyclical Thumping at Speed - 2007 Forester

2007 Subaru Forester 2.5L EJ253 4EAT A/T @ 15xK miles Strange cyclic thumping after 25/30mph. Worse when turning. Scraping/crappy noise when barely braking (Not the tattle-tale; checked. Pads are ...
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Can I install a 2018 Subaru Forester bumper onto my 2016 Subaru Forester?

Can I install a 2018 Subaru Forester bumper onto my 2016 Subaru Forester? I like the style and it looks more sporty. Also, can I install the 2017-18 tail lights for the same car?
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Subaru Forester XT overheating

I have an issue with my 04 Forester 2.0XT MT, it kind of overheats, but not never reached red, it goes a bit over the second third of the gauge. A little bit of background, last summer after a longer ...
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Mystery Fluid leak on 2010 Subaru Forester

! The wife pulled into the driveway this afternoon will a dark fluid dripping from the front left part of the car. It looked pooled up underneath where the coolant reservoir sits. I don't think it's ...
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My 04 Subaru Forester takes off like I have the A/C on and I’m going up a steep hill… no power!

This just started yesterday. The check engine light has been on forever but none of the mechanics in my area can seem to figure out what the problem is or how to fix it so I’ve just been driving ...
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2006 Subaru Forrester overheating and no heat

My 2006 Subaru Forester is overheating with no heat blowing through the vents. I have had a thermostat put in and a new heater core. Radiator has been pressure tested with no leaks. Unfortunately it ...
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What type are 2016 Subaru Forester OEM brake pads?

Facing replacement of rotors and pads in my 2016 Forester, I consider non-OEM parts. Thus, I was trying to figure out what type are the OEM pads (i.e., semi-metallic, ceramic). I could not find this ...
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When should I replace a 2016 Subaru Forester brake pads?

Last time I put my 2016 Forester to a regular service, I was told I need to replace the rear pads and rotors, and to revisit the front pads as they have some 5mm left on them. When do you replace the ...
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Performance difference between P225 55R17 and P225 60R16

My 2009 Subaru Forester has mags with P225 55R17 summer tires. I saw a good deal on craigslist for alloy mags I could use during winter. On the picture, I see the seller previously fit some P225 ...
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Clunk noise from my brakes on first application

I have had the brake pads replaced on my Forester STi (4 pot Brembos all round) and have noticed a strange noise on first application of the brakes after moving either forwards or backwards. By this ...
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subaru forester 2019 tailgate will not open

tailgate stopped working only beeps 3 times does nothing. remote, internal and button on tailgate all the same 3 beeps does nothing else will not open. Have read manual which has not response to this ...
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2012 Subaru Forester: “cam case, and front cover are leaking oil”

2012 Subaru Forester, automatic, a tad under 115000 miles. Took it into the dealer for regular service and received a write-up "requiring immediate attention" that the "cam case, and front cover are ...
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Car hesitating while accelerating at low speeds and check engine light is on constantly. Why? [closed]

2001 Subaru Forester hesitating while accelerating at low speeds and check engine light is constantly on.
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Water leaks on passengers side feet when raining

I have a 2008 Subaru Forester. When it rains, water drips onto the passenger side floor from underneath the glove box. It doesn't matter if the car is moving or parked. In fact it seems to drip more ...
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Weird Corrosion on Subaru intake manifold bolt

So I pulled the intake manifold off my 04 Forester xt and one of the bolts on the driver side had this whitish battery acid looking color. Does anybody know if this should tell me anything?
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Coolant not circulating and spilling out after the radiator and thermostat were replaced

I replaced the radiator and thermostat on my 98 Subaru Forester but still when I drive it the temperature gauge reads over the hot line the heater doesn't work but the coolant doesn't seem to be ...
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Awful smell when reversing AND fully cranking the wheel

I drive a used 2004 Subaru Forester (owned for 2.5 years now). The clutch went out last summer so that's been replaced. I've experienced the aforementioned issue only a few times when both the ...
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Subaru “seized” question

Let me preface this by saying I know next to nothing about cars, so excuse me if this doesn't make sense. . . I have a 2003 Subaru Forester that needs a ball bearing replaced (I believe that's what ...
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Malfunctioning Ambient Temperature Gauge - 2004 Subaru Forester

I own a 2004 Subaru Forester XS with 102,000 miles on it and required service and inspections just completed. Now the Ambient Temperature Gauge keeps malfunctioning - often sticks at 77; after a ...
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Loss of power below 15 mph

This is a Subaru Forester 2003. The car start losing power after a few minutes on the road. And suddenly lost all power and is almost impossible to drive. Already changed: fuel pump spark plugs ...
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Why is a 12V outlet that provides 120W protected by a 20A fuse in my 2015 Forester?

In my 2015 Subaru Forester, the 12V power outlet in the center console says that it is designed to supply loads that draw a max of 120W. To me, this would mean that there should be a max of 10 amps ...
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2016 Subaru Forester electrical problems

I want to get an advice on what would be the right approach to deal with our leased car, Subaru Forrester 2016. Our lease contract is for three years. We have another year until the end of the lease. ...
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Dashboard lights blinking wildly

Here's a video of my Subaru Forester dashboard. Temperature, cruise, skid control, maintenance lights are on randomly and blinking. I'm guessing all of these problems are related. What could be the ...
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What kind of coolant can I use for my 2006 Subaru Forester? Does color matter?

The coolant levels in my 2006 Subaru Forester seemed low so I was going to pick up Prestone pre-mix from the store and top it off. The coolant in my car is blue. The manual says SUBARU coolant or an ...
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Passenger side power windows stopped working

Both of my passenger side windows stopped working at the same time. The back one could not be operated by either the drivers side switches or the switch on the door itself. The front passenger side ...
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Window motor wiring, will go down but not up on 05 Subaru Forester

This one has me stumped. It must have to do with an electrical configuration. As the title says, plus I've tested with another motor out of the door and another switch on both the main and secondary ...
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Should I let air out of my tires?

I bought a car brand new 9 months ago. My tire pressure sensor came on. I checked the tire pressure, and it was at 35 PSI. My maximum tire pressure is 51 PSI with a warning not to fill above 40 PSI. I ...
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Forester repair

If anyone can help. I have error code P1700-TPS Circuit Malfunction-Check codes in TCM. Error Code P0731-Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio Error Code P0122 TPS Switch A Circuit-Low Input. I have asked ...
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Scraping noise when braking

I own a Subaru Forester 2015, and as I was driving down the road the other day, I had the misfortune of hitting a deer. It wasn't a terrible hit, but left a nasty crack on my front left bumper. Ever ...
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Are exploding axles common?

I just got my '99 Subaru Foresters front CV axles both replaced two weeks ago, but just this last Friday while I was driving home one of the new axles "exploded". I'm wondering if that's something ...
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Subaru Forester running warm

My Forester (2004 2L XT) has always run in the middle of the temperature gauge - until a couple of weeks ago, since when it has started running warm at slower speeds. Now, it gets right up above 3/4 ...
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Foul smell when taking air from outside (not AC)

I am getting a foul smell when I'm taking air from outside. Note that when I turn on AC and recycle the air inside, the smell is gone. But re-appears when I turn the AC off and start to take the air ...
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2000 subaru forester 2.5l [closed]

I have a plastic lid that fell off a five inch hole on my engine block right under my airbox dont know whats that lid is or should it be sealed? Also I'm throwing a p0440 code ... and my biggest issue ...
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2005 Subaru Forester Overheating

2005 subaru forester x 77k miles replaced both head gaskets, timing belt thermostat and radiator. I purged the system also. I turned on the heater and no heat just cold air. The lower radiator hose ...
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2.5 AT Forester Power loss

Paulster 2 Petecon & Ben--- etc A friend has been trying to help me with this 02 Forester. We have an OTC, EVOLE scan tool that we ran an all systems scan. What should I look for with the OTC,...
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02 FORESTER VOLTAGE

Ran the codes on 02 Forester. We came up with P0328 Knock Sensor. I am putting on new fuel filter and plug wires. Does anyone know what voltage I should be pulling off of the knock sensor. Right ...
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Subaru Forester power window stuck

My Subaru Forester 2014, has its driver side power window stuck while closed. It was up all winter and now its not responding. Does OBD tell if the motor had gone bad, or something else ?
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What year did they upgrade the separator plate on the Subaru Forester from plastic to aluminum?

I have a 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5x non-turbo with 92k miles and I believe the separator plate may be leaking. The oil leak is in the middle, towards the rear of the engine, where the engine and trans ...
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98 Subaru Forester starter motor replacement part compatibility

my Forester's starter motor needs replacing. Can I replace the old one: 23 23300 AA380 NO. 8120 Type MOOOT81681 with this one: 24 23300 AA390 NO. 8424 Type MOO1T84481 The replacement starter is ...
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1999 Subaru Forester - bad acceleration, rough shifting

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission and a 2.5 Liter Motor. It has poor acceleration and rough shifting I started to notice 'hesitation' on take off. It just slowly appeared....
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A back door power window on a 2012 Subaru Forester not rolling up

On our 2012 Subaru Forester, the back window doesn't roll up anymore. Neither the button on the driver's control switch, nor on the door itself has any effect. There's no response to the button and we ...
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How to tell if a Subaru needs a main seal replacement

I was just told by the mechanic that I need a new main seal on a used car I just purchased: 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5XT turbo 139k miles. He said that he can see the oil when he looked under the car. ...
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I'm having a hard time visually inspecting brake pad wear

I just bought a used car with soft/squishy braking so I'm trying to figure out if I need brake pads. I'm looking at my brake pads and having a hard time telling how much material is left - to me it ...
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My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button

I have an idea what may have failed but before I take my door off I thought I should ask here: The drivers window switch has 5 positions, open (one press takes the window all the way to the bottom), ...
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Can standard spark plugs be used instead of platinum/iridium?

I have a 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i with a M/T. Can standard plugs be used in place of the (overpriced) platinum/iridium OEM's? I tried platinum in two previous cars and they gave less mpg and ...
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2004 Subaru Forester black smoke oil not accelerating

I was driving my car on I - 70 and all of a sudden the oil light was flicking on and off the check engine light had been on already but the car started to lose speed and no rpms showed while I tryed ...
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Occasional trouble idling

I have a 2004 Subaru Forester XS (manual transmission). A few times a month, the engine will not start or idle without feathering the accelerator. During normal driving, everything works fine until ...
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Subaru Forester - Timing Belt

I have a Subaru Forester X Limited AT 2000cc 2AB 2009. The timing belt requires replacement. My question is if the Gates TCK304 Timing Belt Component Kit, fits my Subaru?
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How much room do I need to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning?

I'm driving an 04' Subaru Forester, and it needs some cleaning on the inside. I'm in my apartments underground parking garage, and I'm wondering, am I safe to idle the car (for the AC, lights on ...