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  1. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    Hi all. Helping a friend with her 2010 Forester X 2.5L. Engine was severely overfilled with oil during an oil change attempt this morning. (Like, "top of the filler neck" overfilled.) Bear with me here. Engine was started immediately afterward. Heavy, light-colored smoke from engine...
  2. Transmission and Driveline
    Hi all, this is my first post so I'll try to keep it concise! I'm really struggling to find what grade of transmission oil to buy before doing the service on my 2005 JDM Cross Sport. I've found a filter with part number: 38325AA032 which Google tells me is correct. It also says 75w90, Dex 3...
  3. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    I have an 05 XT with 101k on it. Its about time for an oil change and Im wondering what oil is everyone recommend and how often do yall change your oil.
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  4. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi All. I have read oil level issues on this site but unfortunately none of them addresses my concern and I was confused. After I bought this car, trying to regularly check the oil level (on a level ground, properly, multiple time, as a common sense, 10 minutes after parking). Most of the...
  5. 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...
  6. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    I have a 1999 EJ253 and as I've learned the hard way the temp gauge (which I believe is just oil temp?) isn't good for detecting when there's an actual head gasket threatening overheat until it's too late. I'd like to add some kind of aftermarket temperature sensor that would be better than this...
  7. EJ20 - 2.0L Turbocharged
    Hello guys i have a question about motor oil which one is better for my turbocharger forester ravenol10w60 or mannol10w60
  8. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
    Hi y’all. I am about to change the oil for the first time on my FXT. It has 187k miles and has always used conventional oil. I’ve found conflicting reports on the use of conventional vs synthetic oils. Some say synthetic oil runs better in a turbo engine. I’ve also read about instances where...
  9. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi! Got an axle replaced, seals done and no more transmission leaks, except now I found another leak! I sprayed the underside with Brakekleen and let it sit, idled for 15 minutes and nothing. Come back in the morning and check again and there it is, a leak. 2 pea shaped black spots. I traced...
  10. Transmission and Driveline
    Heyo! I've been battling this problem for about a month now - here's the story: When I bought it, it would smoke from the transaxle area, diff fluid was burning off the exhaust. I thought to myself okay, so I got it up on the lift at a friends place, changed the transmission and diff fluid...
  11. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Well... four days after having my short block replaced and everything running great my car decided to throw two codes on the way home from work P0021+P0011. I have been reading lots of forums about the many possibilities what it could be, so many different solutions. I also read the Subaru TSB...
  12. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
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  13. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I found that my wife's 2010 Forester had no oil in it. Bone dry. So I threw in 5q of oil in quickly bet she needed the car. Well as you probably know the 2010's only take about 4q! So now I see oil leaking out from the intake resonator and who knows where else. I need to drain the oil obviously...
  14. FA20DIT - 2.0L Direct-Injection/Turbo (2014-2018)
    I just installed an oil catch can on the pcv to intake manifold line. I was just wondering how often I should check the can roughly.
  15. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I was searching for the transmission oil pan drain plug gasket for my Forester XT - 15 and found this one: Part Number: 803916100 Gasket 16.3x22x1.0 Material: not sure Also, acording to some pictures on Internet, engine oil pan drain plug gasket is very similar to transmission plug gasket: Part...
  16. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have a 2017 2.5i Premium that I bought from a dealer about 3.5 months ago. Due to COVID, I haven't driven much. The oil change sticker on windshield (from dealer) tells me I have a few thousand more miles to go before I need an oil change. A couple of weeks ago, I took a 1,000-mile road trip...
  17. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    I'm wondering about the best aftermarket maintenance stuff for a 2014 XT: • Best Oil? • Best Spark Plugs? • Cleanable/reusable oil filter, Y or N - Best one? • Cleanable/reusable air filter - best one? Wondering about Marvel's Mystery Oil - either in the gasoline or the crankcase. I've used...
  18. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have a 1999 Subaru Forester S with an auto. I am looking to do my first oil change under my ownership, but I am curious as to what the torque spec is for the oil drain plug bolt, and if there is a washer or gasket that will need to be replaced when I take the bolt off. Thanks!
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  19. Australia / New Zealand
    Hi all, I have recently purchased a 2005 XT Auto with 158000kms. I realise this is a broad question and may spark debate but I'm interested to know what Engine Oil Brand/weight, oil filter and power steering fluid has the had the best results? Thanks in advance!
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