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The video above shows how to check the belts on your 2003 Subaru Forester - if it gives more than a half inch when pressed, is cracked, frayed or appears shiny, you should change it (or have it changed) immediately. Worn belts in a Forester are one of those things that can cause a lot of problems if ignored, while typically being fairly cheap and easy to replace. Check out our parts page for coupons on new belts for your Forester!
The belts in your Forester connect your engine to many of the components you use every day such as your air conditioner, battery (via the alternator), power steering and cooling system. As such, you may experience a dead battery, difficulty steering, overheating, etc. that might be due to a worn belt, not a faulty component! If your Forester is one of those Subarus that shrieks horrendously when it runs, you likely have a worn belt, bad tensioner or both.
The burnt out tail light: classic reason for a cop to pull you over - change yours now2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L 4 Cyl.
Avoid tickets and accidents with both working headlights! New bulbs are much brighter too2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L 4 Cyl.
White light when you back up - yup, they burn out and you can replace them with bright LEDs2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L 4 Cyl.
Got a short fuse? Don't blow a fuse, change it!2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L 4 Cyl.
A/C blowing hot air?2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 2.5L 4 Cyl. Wagon (4 Door)
If your battery has green or white cruddy deposits, it is probably not getting enough juice from and will likely wear out sooner2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L 4 Cyl.