Subaru Forester Engine Problems

Subaru Forester 2003: When to change the water pump?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Jan 2009

SUBARU told us it is not necessary to replace the water pump every time the cam belt is changed. The company says current spare parts sales for cam belts are more than six times those of water pumps for the Forester. But they say some workshops recommend checking the water pump when replacing the cam belt because replacing the pump requires the cam belt to be removed. It is suspected some workshops replace the water pump unnecessarily because of small signs of seepage from the breather hole. Slight seepage is normal as this is designed to drain water pump seal seepage. Subaru Australia issued a bulletin to dealers in July 2006 to inform them of this.

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Subaru Forester 2004: Can it be converted to gas?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Dec 2008

YOU have the wrong information about converting your car to gas, as there are kits available. Phone the Australian LPG Warehouse for more info on 9770 2287. You can also use E10 blends. They have an octane rating the same as PULP.

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Subaru Forester 2008: Is there a LPG conversion kit?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Jun 2008

IT'S best to phone the suppliers to find a system for your car, and then ask for their recommended installer, someone with experience with the system on the same model as yours. The Australian LPG Warehouse has a kit available for the 2002-2007 Forester.

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Subaru Forester 2005: Shocking knocking under light acceleration

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jan 2006

WE APPROACHED Subaru for its thoughts. The company said it is difficult to accurately diagnose the engine noise without hearing it or knowing the specific conditions when it occurs. It is possibly caused by pinging or by pre-detonation of the fuel in the combustion chamber and this can be the result of the quality and/or octane rating of the fuel. If the dealer cannot determine the actual cause, it can ask for help from Subaru Australia's technical support department (ph: 1800 226 643) so more specific information can be obtained to assist the diagnosis.

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Subaru Forester 2003: Rotten-egg smell?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Dec 2004

THE rotten-egg smell is sulphur dioxide, usually a sign your catalytic converter has failed. If that's what you smell take it back to the dealer and pursue a resolution with him. A malfunctioning converter should be picked up by a diagnostic check by the mechanic, but may have been missed. If the smell is always present when you get out of the car, take the car back to the dealer and go for a drive with the service manager or mechanic to show him what you are concerned about.

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