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  1. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hello, I recently bought a used 2001 Forester from an owner who seemed to have been taking very responsible care of it for 20 years. Within the first year of my driving it, the engine started seizing up on the highway and ultimately stalled out twice — once from overheating because I hadn't kept...
  2. FA20DIT - 2.0L Direct-Injection/Turbo (2014-2018)
    Does anyone know if the front cap of the camshaft carrier can be removed without pulling the engine? I had to replace a VVT sprocket on my 2014 FXT a few months back. When removing the timing cover I apparently pried in the wrong spot and cracked the casting which forms part of the back of the...
  3. Transmission and Driveline
    I have a 2011 Forester and last year the engine was destroyed in Colorado due to the Notorious problem with these vehicles up burning oil. This was my own fault as I hadn’t checked it in a while. I was attending University in Wyoming at the time but, was moving home to Virginia so I had it towed...
  4. Motor Conversions
    So my 2005 FXT in its previous life blew up and a dealer put in a new engine. I know the 2005 and 2004 FXTs are special in that the block is identical to the sti block with only heads being different. My question is how do I know whether I have that block when the dealer did the swap? Because if...
  5. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hey Folks, This is my first created thread and I'm not a car person, so be gentle. I bought my Subaru Forester Touring in 2020 and since I've had it, its had a strange jerking motion that was noticeable when the car is decelerating. Usually it hits in certain areas, which I assume is the...
  6. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Okay long time reader here, first post. I've got my second forester I've had for a few months now, car sat for a few years before I picked it up. I was able to put about 2.5k on it before this problem started. About ten minutes into a drive the car is acting like it's not getting fuel when I...
  7. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hi I have recently aquired a 2000 Subaru Forester with around 240000 kilometers and when it cold starts it has a knocking noise from the engine when the engine warms up the noise quiets down and when at higher rpm it is quiet car has been sitting for a couple of years any recommendations or...
  8. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Any help greatly appreciated. I have a 2017 Forester - 2.5is. When I select reverse from park and apply the gas it makes what I can only describe as a pinking type sound- sound like a tinny type ‘pink’ and again when I select drive from the reverse position. it occurs randomly, a few times a...
  9. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    So about a year ago I bought a used Subaru 2011 forester from an elderly lady who kept it in a garage for its whole life and rarely drove it (she bought it brand new off the lot). Thought I got a score of a deal. Well turns out this motor burns oil and according to a family mechanic when the...
  10. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    Anyone able to help me identify/ find a replacement for this part that is circled in red, I can’t find what it is anywhere. This is on a 2004 forester 2.5L xt. For reference the green circle is on the alternator. As you can see by the picture I have an oil leak and I think that the red circled...
  11. Motor Conversions
    Long story short, I own an automatic 2009 Forester X with no motor... Still have the intake, harness, and other top stuff. I was wondering if there was a turbo'd Subaru engine that would make for an easy fit? I've done 2 EJ25 direct swaps on 98 legacy's so I feel like I'm somewhat capable, but...
  12. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have a 2001 forester limited with terrible fuel economy, I have decided to replace the front o2 sensor to try and remedy this. My car has an engine from a 2006 outback, i was just wondering if the o2 sensor should be purchased for the original car or the new engine? 2001 forester or 2006...
  13. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have an oil leak and I believe it’s coming from this part. I’m It’s at the top of my engine behind the alternator kinda.
  14. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    My 06 x has begun a series of issues that I'm at loss with now. It started idling rough while stopped in gear. Thought it was a vacuum issue, tested and vacuum is fine. Also putting in neutral would fix this issue. This escalated to chugging at 30-45 mph. Basically it would fall on its face and...
  15. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    This seems to be intermittent, but on a long 4 hour drive the last two weekends, the car seems to have a hesitancy when reaching around 3000rpm, as it reaches this rpm, it is almost like it is running out of fuel, till I let off the throttle and change gear. I am thinking I will swap the fuel...
  16. Motor Conversions
    Hello fellow wrench turners, this is a long one but I finally need help with something I haven’t come across online or in the past . My 2.5 busted a timing tensioner pulley on the highway . Toast It’s my wife’s daily so I decided to put a 2.0 while rebuilding the 2.5 the manifold and intake...
  17. Forester Shopping
    Hello Members, I just test drove 2021 Forester premium today and the very first thing that I observed was the loud noisy engine. First I thought the windows were not rolled up properly but that wasn't the case. I liked the car overall but the amount of noise that travels from engine to inside...
  18. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi all. Our 2021 Forester Touring went in for its first oil change today (~6,000 miles) at the dealer. They drove it out for my wife and she took off. About 20 minutes later, it shuts down while she is driving (thankfully on 30mph city streets at the time). I get there and hear the...
  19. Forester Shopping
    Hey all! I’m interested in buying a forester in my town with 140,000 miles. however there seems to be a ticking noise going on. Owner says it has been like that since they bought it, and there are no knock sensor lights or check engine lights on. I’m wondering if anyone can tell me what this...
  20. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Howdy Folks, I apologize in advance for the long and possibly naive post. To start I have an automatic 04 Forster 2.5x with about 170k miles right now. I bought it with 130k, and it allegedly has had a head gasket replacement but no papers to show for that. I use it as my daily and weekend...
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