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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Strange overheating behaviour

My 10 year old Litchfield Forester STi needs a bit of maintenance to sort a minor oil leak but other than that has been behaving well for the past year with regular oil top ups. This week on the ...
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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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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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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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How can I secure the power block for my LED headlights?

I purchased an LED low-beam conversion kit and installed it yesterday in my 2010 Forester. The installation was easy enough, other than having to move the battery to get enough space to fit my ...
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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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Subaru Forester Power Tailgate won't open

When I press the power tailgate button to open the tailgate, it beeps 3 times quickly (and does not open). Same behavior when trying to close the gate using the button on the bottom (3 beeps, doesn't ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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problem with overheating and heater core in 1998 Subaru Forester

UPDATE: It has been a year and a half and it is now happening again! (same exact presentation.) It started happening again when it started getting cold out and is still going on now. Took it to the ...
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revving sounds and the engine cut

I have a 2002 Subaru Forester. My engine light came on a couple of days ago and I was planning on bringing my car in to have it checked out. This evening as I was driving I felt like the car would ...
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My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button 1

I share a similar plight with the guy before only difference is it's with an 04 Forester STi. I held the passenger front window switch up for a little too long next thing I know my driver side window ...
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Is my Forester's caliper bracket bolt hole stripped?

While replacing my calipers and their mounting brackets, I passed a tap through the bolt holes on the wheel hub assembly that secure the bracket, to clean up the threads. The tap's movement felt ...
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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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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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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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Subaru - seem to have broken a tooth in starter pinion or ring gear

Subaru Forester (manual transmission). Stupidly restarted car after a stall but before engine stopped turning. Now there is a noise like a broken part inside the engine. Must be piece of starter ...
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07 Subaru Forester XT Electric window working intermittently

A few days ago my Subaru Forester's driver's window (RHD) developed this habit of not opening when I push the switch, or sometimes I push the switch, then nothing happens for a couple of seconds, then ...
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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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Subaru Forester OBD Scan Codes “P0130” and “P0130 P”

My 2002 Forester Check Engine light is on. I connected an Autel MaxiScan MS300 OBD-II scan tool and got indication for two codes. Browsing through the codes, it reads P0130 and P0130 P. The first one ...
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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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2002 Subaru Forester S - Multiple Non-functional Electrical Components

Bought the car a few days ago, now I'm noticing something that I'm betting may have been done on purpose. My power locks do not work at all, have to manually lock each door. Not the worst thing but ...
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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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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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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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Subaru forester electric window motor - part identification

The front right ( UK drivers side) electric window on my 2004 Forester has never worked, and today I took the motor out to inspect - and it's toast, utterly rotten. Is it the same as the back one? I ...
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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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How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?

I bought a 'new' (2004) Subaru Forester last week. The other day, I took it in to have the wheel alignment checked, and once they had finished aligning it, they came back and said "the battery was ...
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Subaru Forester XT 2002 driver power window malfunctioning

My driver side power window does not go down automatically but will go down if you keep the switch depressed. On the other hand the up function only work by continuously pulling and releasing the ...
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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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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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Can I resynchronise my Subaru (Cobra) key fob

I accidentally placed a heavy object on my key fob at home. It must have been there for more than five minutes before I noticed the little light flashing on the fob. Since then I have not been able ...
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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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“Missing” motor

My Subaru Forester 2003 runs fine until I go up steep inclines when it starts to loose power and goes into "limp mode" (ie shut down). I can restart it okay but the same thing happens after a while ...
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How to diagnose a Cruise Control system (Subaru Forester 2002)

The Cruise Control on my 2002 Forester S stopped working recently. For some time I had problems engaging the CC altogether, requiring multiple clicks on the activation push-button. Then it stopped ...
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Remaining life expectancy of brake pads and rotors

Recently I serviced my 2002 Forester at the dealership shop. I was told that the brake pads have 2mm left on them, and they recommended replacing the pads and the rotors (disks). I normally tend to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How much coolant does a 98 Subaru Forester hold?

I'm looking to put an additive in my forester's cooling system, I'm not sure where to find out this information.
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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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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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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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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 ...