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  1. Cooling Systems
    Hi all, Coolant issue: 30 minute ride then when at driveThur red light(temp) came on. Disappeared after driving. Few weeks later, drove 15 mins in am, left car for day, drove 15 mins back home in evening, light came on. Had it towed to the shop. Shop said: was low 3qts of anti. Drove it about...
  2. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    Dose any one know were i could buy a (Subaru Sport Mesh Grille) for an 2009-13 Forester ive been looking but i live in Aus and international shiping cost to much does any one know were to get one in AU with out paying $200+ just to get it here im dying to get one thanks for any help i can get...
  3. Transmission and Driveline
    I have sae 80w-90 with spec gl 5 gear oil from another project laying around that I’ll likely never use. Can I use this on my front and rear diff oil changes? I think manual says 75w-90 with spec gl 5. I would think the 80w-90 would be ok but I’ll go with what this forum says. I attached...
  4. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hoping to post here and get some ideas as to what is wrong with my forester. I love the car but we have been chasing a grimlin trying to find what is causing the problems… Sometimes has rough idle, also sometimes doesn’t want to start, when fully pinned the engine jolts and stutters under...
  5. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    So I bought a used 2009 Forester 2.0D with 270 000 km (168 000 miles) on it. The three hour trip from the seller and back home went fine. Also started fine the day after, and the day after that. After four days, suddenly the car won't start. Just a click when I press the start button. All lights...
  6. Transmission and Driveline
    I’m original owner on this four speed automatic with approximately 140,000 miles. No issues or leaks with front and rear diffs At this time. Diff fluid has never been changed so was thinking about changing it. Should I change it or just leave well enough alone? The Subaru maintenance schedule...
  7. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    Does anyone know if there's a place where I can find pre-assembled KYB shocks with standard-height King Springs? I'd like to run OEM struts & springs up front, and OEM shocks (which I understand to be KYB Excel-G) in the rear with stiffer springs (and I understand King springs to be the go-to...
  8. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    2009 Forester 2.5x that upon start up, the caution lights come on and stay on With no obvious signs of anything wrong during operation of the vehicle.where do I start troubleshooting? I do not have a diagnostic reader.
  9. Cooling Systems
    Hi My daughters 2009 Subaru Forester Model No SH9BK6L 2.5XS has run out of coolant. So we can't tell what colour the last coolant was. It is the weekend & we can't get to a service centre but stores like Super Cheap Auto are open. However we don't know what colour of non subaru branded coolant...
  10. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone. After month of research, bought my very first car - Subaru Forester 2009, 2.0 lt, Auto in~140K mileage (~220000 km). The seller said it has oil leak issue(~500 ml in 5000 km), sometimes I can feel it's smell inside, especially when I slowing down after driving in high speed for a...
  11. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    My 2009 manual with 160,000 miles has been acting funny recently. It has been consuming oil and coolant for a couple years but have never had any textbook signs its the HG. I just crawled under my car and noticed seeping. Should I get this looked at now or assume its a normal seep. I know a...
  12. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have an 09 forester x. I need to replace the exhaust from the header back. I have a friend with a 05 outback with the 2.5 NA. I wanted to know if it's possible to swap the exhaust systems. And if so how much of the outbacks exhaust I can use. I'd also like to hear what other options I have as...
  13. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hello! I've perused the forums looking for a solution and I've came up short. I also have very little working knowledge of repairs and advanced car repairs. My 09 Forester has around 130k on it and over the past few weeks I've had some issues with a P0420 code. I have a persistent code reader...
  14. Parts For Sale or Trade
    These are off of a 2009 XT Limited. Not sure if the fitment varies between years so please verify these will fit your vehicle! I'm located in the Sacramento California area for pickup but I can also ship at buyer's expense. Stock front grille. In great shape besides a little dirt. Asking $50...
  15. Transmission and Driveline
    I need to replace my shifter linkage seal but I'm not sure how to go about it. Can I just remove the bolt that connects the linkages and pull the rod out to replace the seal?
  16. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    HELP!!! 2009 Forester X. So, I’ve got the dreaded gas smell in the cabin, shuddering, struggling at idle and about 45mph. Fuel Pressure Regulator right? WHERE THE HECK IS IT??? All signs and symptoms point to this as the fix, but I can’t locate it physically, I can’t find it on any of the...
  17. Lighting and Electrical
    All: Hello! Two-time Forester owner with a hopefully not unique situation here for your simple resolution (but like the old saw goes: "Nothing simple's ever easy!"): For my birthday, I received a 'door tent' for the rear gate door to allow for 'fun outdoor camping trips' which allow sleeping...
  18. Interior and Electronics
    Hi guys, I just bought a Forester 2009 and owner forgot to tell me about alarm code. Whenever I enter the car alarm blows out and will deactivate just if I turn the switch on. I have replaced the battery thinking it was a battery issue but the key wont turn the alarm off however. Could you...
  19. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    So I neglected to follow the manufactures instructions for replacement of the timing belt every 105000 miles and of course my timing belts snaps destroying my valves, Long story short after undertaking the project and learning a whole lot about EJ25's I managed to get it all back running , only...
  20. Air Conditioning and Ventilation
    Towards the end of summer I noticed that the driver’s side a/c wasn’t cool but the passenger side was extremely cool later to weaken. Now that it is winter, every time I turn left I get a blast of hot air. I do not have duel heat or a/c for passenger/driver’s side controls. My mechanic is...
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