Subaru Forester owners have reported 6 problems related to engine clicking and tapping noises (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Subaru Forester based on all problems reported for the Forester.
Subaru has 86k miles on it. We were driving down highway at about 60mph and the car started making a horrible clacking noise. The car died. We started it again, all the lights went on and the car died. It had to be pushed off into a parking lot. Car has been towed to a Subaru dealer and they are telling me that it has "catastrophic engine failure due to the 'rod bearings failing, all metal throughout my oil, and the short block (engine?) needs to be rebuilt. " I really do not want this engine rebuilt nor do I want the car back. I need help! please contact me.
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The contact owns a 2011 Subaru Forester. While driving approximately 55 mph, a ticking noise emerged from the engine compartment and the oil warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle started to slow down and then stopped. The contact coasted the vehicle to the shoulder of the road to a complete stop. The contact exited the vehicle, raised the hood, and observed smoke around the dipstick. The contact checked the oil and found that the reservoir was empty. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but it was closed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer advised the contact of a technical service bulletin related to the oil consumption issue, but the vehicle had to be evaluated and then driven 1,200 miles in order for them to replace the engine block assembly. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.
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I have a 2010 Subaru Forester. The vehicle has an issue with (1) the steering pulls to the right, (2) the engine loses power intermittently and (3) the car shakes and shimmies when driving at highway speeds. All three of the issues have been with the car since I purchased it at 6 miles on the odometer. The steering issue is dangerous because it makes it hard to keep the car on the road. I have taken the car in 2 times for an alignment and the issue persists still at 2750 miles. The engine issue has been with the car since the beginning. While driving, the driver hears a click sound come from the engine compartment and the car will momentarily lose power. The issue happens as frequently as 6 times a minute and sometimes every other minute of driving. It happens when the air conditioner is turned on or off, but exacerbated when driving in 3rd gear and when the air conditioner compressor is engaged. The dealer has tried to say that this is a normal feature of the car. I have owned other Subaru Foresters and driven many other 2010 Subaru Forester's and this issue does not happen. I have taken the car into the dealership for the steering issue and the shaking issue. The dealer has balanced the tires three times now and re-aligned the tires twice. This has done nothing to correct the issue. The issue remains. Concerning the engine issue, I have taken the car in three times now and the dealer has check the car and stated that the issue ir normal. The issue is not normal when compared to other vehicles from the manufacturer of the same make and model.
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The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Forester. While driving between 35-40 mph, the vehicle accelerated when the brakes were applied. The contact shifted into park or neutral and the vehicle made a clunking sound. The engine went to idel. The contact waited a few minutes before restarting the vehicle and shifting into drive. The dealer has had the vehicle for the past two weeks and the contact refuses to retrieve the vehicle. The dealer performed diagnostic tests, but could not find a failure with the engine or any other component. She stated that she will not drive the vehicle because the failure has not been diagnosed. The failure mileage was 3,100. Updated 7/14/09
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Loud clunking noise coming from engine. My mechanic diagnosed as a cracked cylinder or piston. Took the car to local Subaru dealership to repiar - hoping that Subaru would cover part of the cost (no longer under warrantee. )
have been told by dealership after a rep. From Subaru looked at the car - that the engine will need to be replaced. When I asked what happened. I was told that the pistons in this car do not have a skirting. Therfore when they go up and down in the cylinder they have more room than normal and can move around more. (sounds like an engineering flaw to me. )
Subaru says that they are willing to cover 40% of the cost to repair. I feel that I bought a car that wasn't designed very well - and I should not have to pay for their mistakes. I have called Subaru's costumer service hotline and am waiting for them to reply. They also told me that because I was the 2nd owner of the car - I was probably not going to get any more help. Really makes you want to buy a used Subaru!.
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While driving at 70 mph, suddenly there was a clicking noise from the engine and then it stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealership. The dealership stated, there was internal engine damage. This occurred because water seeped into the engine because of a faulty gasket.
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|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Engine Burning Oil problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Engine Oil Leaking problems||
|Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Engine Knocking Noise problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||