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  1. Suspension and Handling
    Hi all, I've recently purchased a 2008 MY09 XS Premium, with 95,000km (59,000 miles), and it all seemed pretty good when i purchased it (from a private seller, not dealer), but while i'm handy with tools, i'm not a mechanic by any means. I took it in to my local dealer a few days after i got...
  2. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    When turning right in a parking lot there is a loud bang in the front right wheel well. Does not happen when turning left. Does not happen while driving on the street. I turned the wheel all the way right and got out of the car. Turns out there was a heavy positive camber when turning right...
  3. Suspension and Handling
    Hey all, I bought my forester a few months ago and never had any problems but would hear a popping noise in the front if I went over a bump while going slower and turning. Always consistent and the pop happens whatever side I turn. Today I got some new wheels and tires installed and the previous...
  4. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Just had my 2006 inspected and they found extensive rust on the front passenger side subframe. Seemed mostly around the bolts, but it is clear through. The car only has 55,000 miles, so worth fixing. They got the part ($296 OEM), no problem, going to have the mechanic do it. He says will be...
  5. Suspension and Handling
    So I haven't done this yet but I'm looking at some serious changes to my suspension, lift, tires, and a lot of the components underneath. I'm planning on changing OEM struts and springs to the Eibach 1" lift springs on Bilstein B6 struts with 1" rear rallitek strut extenders with an ADF 2" lift...
  6. Wheels and Tires
    I got Crossclimate+s put on today and the boys at the tire shop (so many new hires) didn't want to change the symmetrical toe in the back since it had 0.00 thrust angle. The car didn't need alignment according to them (front alignment is included with the tires, I had paid for rear but will ask...
  7. Suspension and Handling
    Hey everyone, My sisters 2010 Forester was in an accident about a year or so ago when she was off to school, she had taken the car to a local repair shop by the recommendation of a teacher, they did a scumbag repair and used junkyard parts that were probably worse than what was on the car...
  8. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    So I just changed out my factory tires today on my 2017 Forester 2.5i Touring at roughly 25,000 miles and they were terribly worn (picture included) for the mileage. I've had them rotated twice in the 25,000 mile lifespan. The tire guys at Costco said I had an alignment issue, and when I called...
  9. Exterior and Body
    Sob story, looking for any advice! Got a 2016 Forester Touring with power lift gate, 22k miles, 4 years old, operated only in sunny Southern California (benign weather) as a family car. About a month ago the auto lift gate wouldn't close fully. Door would motor down, try a bit to close, fail...
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