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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.
Replacing a dirty air filter can improve gas mileage by up to 4%. Isn't efficiency great?2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L 4 Cyl.
Harsh downshifts? Slipping gears? You might be low on transmission fluid2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L 4 Cyl.
The burnt out tail light: classic reason for a cop to pull you over - change yours now2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L 4 Cyl.
If your brake fluid is a little low, learn how to add some here. Ignoring a low level leads to big problems2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L 4 Cyl.
Don't be the guy with your third brake light burnt out2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L 4 Cyl.
Sure you can take it in for a $19 lube, but are you OK with a stripped oil pan and cheap parts in return?2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L 4 Cyl.