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  1. Cooling Systems
    Hello, Please help. I have had my car look at by my local mechanic and a Subaru specialized one. It has gone terribly. Neither of them found a true cause of why my car was overheating or why the coolant levels are now depleting rapidly. They replaced the thermostat just to be safe, and it seems...
  2. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hey All, I need to start a 2014 Forester that hasn't started for 3-4 years - never had an issues prior - but time has well and truly escaped me embarrassed... So what is the best restart procedure to reduce any possible damage, e.g., should I remove the plugs and pour some oil into the pots...
  3. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hello. My 2009 Subaru lost power on highway and CEL came on. Luckily it did not completely die till I cleared the highway. Towed to my local mechanic and was told no compression in cylinder 1. Very depressing news. He's saying replace the engine. The car has about 108,000 miles. Only other...
  4. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Alright, bit of a long thread here so I'm gonna do the TLDR first and then if you feel inclined to help you can read the rest. TLDR; I'm a new driver, had some work done and one of the coolant lines was left loose during the repairs, coolant leaked and while I was out driving my car began to...
  5. EJ20 - 2.0L Turbocharged
    Hello guys my 2002 turbo forester has this kind of sound when engine is cold, after heating it up engine does not have this sound any more, I think its engine belt tensioner and want to hear your opinion, i have changed engine belt and all rollers about 4 month ago
  6. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hello, I have a 2010 Subaru Forester and have been having intermittent starting issues for 2 months. The car turns, clicks, and makes all of the noises you would expect to start but it does not start. To start off, this first occurred while on vacation. It would not start, the battery was...
  7. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hello folks. I have a question for you. My Forester is a 2004 2.5X with 162K miles on it. Would it be reasonably feasible to have a shop replace the old engine with a new, or newer low mileage engine without the project becoming a money pit or an endless headache?
  8. EE20 - 2.0L Diesel
    Hello, I'm the owner of a Subaru Outback 2.0 turbo diesel. When I bought the car had 93k km and now has almost 115k km. I didn't have any issue, it works good, from my point of view, all the changes I have done were at the Subaru dealer. My question is regarding the engine, which I know that...
  9. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Does anyone know the weight of a SOHC EJ25 drained of fluids and without the manifold and accessories? I'm having trouble chasing down an actual number. I have a vehicle in a tricky spot and might not be able to use an engine hoist.
  10. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    We have a 2010 XT Forester with 185k km. Body is in good condition and we generally favour keeping the car or similar as our second family vehicle. Recently had a succession of issues including two recent repair bills approaching $2k each - excuse my lack of mechanical knowledge - involving the...
  11. EJ20 - 2.0L Turbocharged
    Hi everyone! I recently bought my first Forester, and I'm absolutely loving it - But now that i have driven it for a couple of months, I'm starting wanting more power (As you do). So I was hoping to get some help from you guys, getting past 300hp. I've already bought a used Impreza 3' turboback...
  12. Motor Conversions
    I can’t seem to find the info I want anywhere else so I’m gonna start my own thread. I have a 03 forester XS 5sp. I want to do I full STI conversion and I understand that the motor and drivetrain will bolt in but what about the wiring? Do I need the ECU? Is there anything that I need that I’m...
  13. FB25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (2011- 2018)
    I've recently had issues with my coolant levels as well as regular overheating warnings. I filled my coolant and a week later it was low, but there have been no indications of leaks on my driveway. That same week my heater also stopped working and is only blowing cool air. I took it in to a...
  14. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi. I got my new Forester 2020 about a week ago, This week I found out that occasionally after I start the engine, about 10-12 seconds later, there is continuous sharp beep sound (beep sound seems from the lower steering wheel / above my knees), NO warning message on the combination meter...
  15. FA20DIT - 2.0L Direct-Injection/Turbo (2014-2018)
    I got my car just about one year ago at this point and it's sitting at around 65,000 miles but I've had this sound on start up for as long as I can remember. I tried looking up similar problems but can only find stuff related to the chain which I don't believe is the same issue. It only happens...
  16. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have just bought a 2004 forester 2.5 xs. Im just noticing a wobble when the car is at around 2k rpm, there is no noise and the car runs quietly. I did notice when the aircon goes on it seems to encourage the wobble and when I take my foot off the accelerator it will stop wobbling. the car is...
  17. Engine and Exhaust
    I have a 2012 Subaru Impreza Wrx and the engine died on me. I'm looking to replace it and wanted to know what other Subaru had the same engine that fits(years make model)? also, are DOHC and SOHC compatible?
  18. Forester Shopping
    I'm looking to buy my 4th Forester since 2003. I saw these two for sale but am wondering how long the engines are likely to last. 2016 2.5 litre, 144,000 km/ 90,000 miles; and 2014 2 litre, 100,000 km / 60,000 miles. Maintenance history looks good. I always bought new 2.5 litre Foresters...
  19. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    So my 2004 Subaru Forester just died on me while I was driving. I checked the temperature gauge and it wasn't hot and it didn't make a noise either. It just died. Almost like the battery was dead or the serpentine belt snapped. I replaced serpentine belt, replaced the battery with new terminals...
  20. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I noticed that my EJ20 non-turbo Forester (5 speed manual) has a continous deep rumbling sound at ca. 2900 RPM. It is independent from gear, speed, temperature, load, and it is not a noise, but the engine/exhaust itself in operation. You can say that, Its a Subaru, why i not enjoy the boxer...
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