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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. EJ25 - 2.5L Turbocharged (2004-2013)
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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!
  12. 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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  14. FA20DIT - 2.0L Direct-Injection/Turbo (2014-2018)
    Hi everyone. A few months ago, I began to smell the burnt oil from the car, then I noticed that the oil level in the engine dropped to a minimum. According to my measurements, about 1 liter of oil was lost for 7000 km. Yesterday, I inspected the car from below and noticed oil around the exhaust...