20 Most Recent 1998 Subaru Forester Questions & Answers


You should read 14,7 volt on the battery when motor is running. If not, probably your battery can not accumulate enough power. Take it to a battery shop and ask them to check the battery with a resistance load. That will diagnose if battery is ok or not. How old is the battery?

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Oct 13, 2017


It may need a good charging rather than a jump. You can take the battery in to autozone and they will run a test and you can leave it with them to charge it.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 19, 2017


did you drop the pan to change the filter? if you drained the fluid and you can get the stick into the tube all the way. i would say the tube is not clogged. you should know how much you took out and the trany only holds so much. check the manual for the correct type and amount. if the fluid is over full that is a problem and will need to remove some. when i add fluid i put in a couple quarts and start the car and cycle the fluid only a couple seconds 15 to 30 not mins or hours the turn off add another till i think its close to what i took out. start car cycle some more repeat till you think your close within a quart to being full. at that point you can keep the car ruuning and check the fluid and keep checking the mark on the stick. if it wont go down the tube. you may have something blocking the tube and removing the pan again or tube to see whats blocking the tube is your only option.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 18, 2017


Getting all the air out is actually quite simple. Fit the thermostat. Make absolutely sure you know which way it goes in: ask the dealer if you are unclear. Put it in backwards and it does not work properly. Fill the radiator, and start the engine and let it idle. In about 5 minutes, the thermostat will open and the coolant level will go down. Stop the engine, fit the cap and top up the coolant. Now, squeeze the top hose, say, 10 times: you'll hear the coolant gurgle a bit. Remove the cap and top up the coolant. Start the engine and repeat. Eventually the gurgling will stop and all the air is out of the engine. Usually takes 2 or 3 iterations.

Do the final top up and take it for a run.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 08, 2017


ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS start your diagnosis by getting the trouble codes read. Period.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Aug 27, 2017


Any chance of a head gasket leak? Is the coolant level still full? These were known for head gasket issues. Coolant is a closed system and level will not drop unless there is a leak. Make sure there is no air in the system. Replace the radiator cap to make sure that it is operating properly.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jul 11, 2017


I had a 2000 with leaking fuel lines. There are a few molded rubber lines. Check the condition of the rubber and the hose clamps. If they are wet, you have a leak. When replacing use the good clamps that you can tighten with a nut driver

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jul 11, 2017


Try disconnecting the battery and ensure it is fully charged, recharge if necessary. Leave it disconnected overnight if possible.

Unlock and open the car, fit the ignition key and switch on and then reconnect the battery (leaving the door open).

This has worked for me. I hope it works for you.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 29, 2017


The hold light is probably for a fault in the HILL HOLDER SYSTEM

This system holds the Forester on a hill without using the brake pedal, as long as you keep the clutch depressed. It's very useful when towing.

I will check my workshop manual as soon as I have some free time and try to get a definitive answer for you.

Regards,
Andy, Derbyshire UK

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 20, 2016


Replace the ball joints and/or rod ends.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 19, 2016


Interesting problem. A bent fork is not impossible, but this would usually make the clutch not release fully. Try increasing the pedal free play, so that you can guarantee the slave cylinder is not holding the clutch slightly open. If not this, then it all has to come out again ...

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 19, 2016


Most likely the gas filler neck has rust holes. There are also several hoses on the neck that can deteriorate with age. Repair or replace.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 19, 2016


Undo the outer axle nut, then undo the strut (two bolts) and fold the upright outwards. You can then get the axle put of the hub, then out of the diff.

1998 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 19, 2016

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