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Old 07-01-2013, 05:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody get the cold temp oil light (blue) on the forester 2014? it shows up just about everytime thus far (2 days old) but goes away after a couple of minutes. please help!
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Everybody from at least MY2009 gets the blue light.

The blue cold temp indicator is for the engine coolant, not the engine oil. It's normal for it to come on when you start a cold engine, and it turns off when the coolant reaches 50C (122F).

The same indicator will turn red (blink or solid) if the engine is too hot. See page 3-15 in your 2014 OM for additional information.

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Old 07-01-2013, 05:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Everybody from at least MY2009 gets the blue light.

The blue cold temp indicator is for the engine coolant, not the engine oil. It's normal for it to come on when you start a cold engine, and it turns off when the coolant reaches 50C (122F).

The same indicator will turn red (blink or solid) if the engine is too hot. See page 3-15 in your 2014 OM for additional information.

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Thanks! I was wondering where I could tell what my car temp was thanks!
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idiot light, they give us a tach even with an automatic but dumb it down when it comes to a water temp gauge ... jeez
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idiot light, they give us a tach even with an automatic but dumb it down when it comes to a water temp gauge ... jeez
The MFD can display the temp.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh, interesting, but who wants to have to go through a series of menus etc to get something that should just be present. I guess it's a money saver to exclude the meter.

I only have a 2011 with a radio. no MFD.
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The MFD can display the temp.
Is that the coolant temp or the engine oil temp?

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won't be much different ;-)
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Probably not, but, just to be clear...

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That's engine oil; I really need more than the 3 gauges there.
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Everybody from at least MY2009 gets the blue light.

The blue cold temp indicator is for the engine coolant, not the engine oil. It's normal for it to come on when you start a cold engine, and it turns off when the coolant reaches 50C (122F).

The same indicator will turn red (blink or solid) if the engine is too hot. See page 3-15 in your 2014 OM for additional information.

HTH,
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Is it necessary to sit and wait after turning it on until the coolant light goes out? Mornings here are starting to get colder now and I wasn't sure if it's a bad idea to start off before the coolant warms up.
2014 Forester with less than 300 miles on it.
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My view is that it's OK to drive with the blue temp indicator illuminated, but just take it easy until the indicator turns off.

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My view is that it's OK to drive with the blue temp indicator illuminated, but just take it easy until the indicator turns off.

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Correct. It serves as a reminder to the driver not to push the engine hard until the engine has had a chance to warm up.
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Thanks guys, the 4 minutes it takes to warm up now that its cold outside really brings down the fuel economy, at least according to the screen
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