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Last summer all of the lights on the dash came on the Subaru Forester. Everything worked well though. We took it to our mechanic and he said it might be the alternator. He put a new one in. It fixed it for a week and then all of them on again. He told us to take it to Subaru. We did. They said it was the alternator. We said we just got a new one. They said the codes say it is that. They put a new one in and kept the old just in case. It didn't fix the problem. The codes still said alternator. Then they said they would try some things. After 7 weeks, they called Subaru of America and they said to flush the exhaust system. They did but it killed the carburetor. They replaced that for free because they killed it. Car was fine until 3 weeks ago. They said it was the alternator because that is what the codes say. We paid $1000 to put a new one in, AGAIN. This week the dash lights are all on again.

Since Subaru has no idea how to fix the car, does anybody here have a clue what could be wrong? We just want to get it fixed and move on from Subaru forever. Any ideas?
 

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Since you joined this forum with a chip on your shoulder (really? foresterhater?) this may not be your best choice of posts.

But can you provide us with more details on what you have? What year - what model/trim - what equipment? As there are many variances over the SJ generation (2014 - 2018) there could be a myriad of issues. Could it still be related to the alternator? Sure. But it could be related to the wiring and other connections.

What lights are lit? Have you had the codes pulled AND you know those codes? You went to your mechanic (who may or may not know how to work on complex issues with a Subaru) - but at least you did go to the local Subaru dealer.

A few other points - you don't have a carburetor - Foresters have had electronic fuel injection since before the SJ generation. Most modern cars have vastly interconnected systems as so many of those systems need information from other systems to operate properly.

Did you buy this car new or used? How many owners beyond you? Do you know if the brake light switch recall was done? The brake light switch can and does impact many other systems as the signal sent from the switch will provide data to the ECU, the TCU, the ABS system, which also then feeds into the hill-holder system, the VDC, and more.
 

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said it might be the alternator. take it to Subaru. We did. They said it was the alternator. We said we just got a new one. They said the codes say it is that.
...they said to flush the exhaust system. They did but it killed the carburetor. They replaced that for free
We paid $1000 to put a new one in, AGAIN. This week the dash lights are all on again.
We just want to get it fixed and move on from Subaru forever. Any ideas?
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An OEM alternator is about $500. And maybe an hour of labor, if you work really slowly. So unless your dealer's shop rate is $500 an hour, I'm calling BS on this thread.
 
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