Question about 2000 Subaru Forester

1 Answer

Leaking fluid 2000 Forester

Recently -40s here in the NWT and the other day noticed a fair amount of what appears to be tranny fluid on the ground where I park the vehicle. It only seems to be on the ground at home. I park at work all day and when I leave no evidence of leakage. Last time I had this problem it was a cracked head gasket. The mechanics up here are terrible and mostly I have had service down south as recent as last summer. My Forester has nearly 199,000 miles on it. I love this car. Any help?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.

  • Subaru Master
  • 42,084 Answers

Next time you notice the wet patch try and see if it is close to the a/c drain pipe under the car. If it is ambient temp that is hot and the humidity is up as well it may simple be that the a/c is removing extra water vapor from the air inside the car and this will leak out onto the ground as you drive and for a short time after you park. The difference from now to then will be the temp gauge reading while you are driving

Posted on Jan 19, 2013

  • selkie61
    selkie61 Jan 19, 2013

    It's in the -30's here so I don't think that's it? Freezing sub arctic temps. Also it seems to possibly be at startup since I ony see it at my home parking spot. Oh and that wouod be the first start up each morning. When I start itup at work after eight hours though there seems to be no leaking.


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 185 Answers

SOURCE: 2001 subaru legacy leaking coolant from head gasket......

Your mechanic is ok with saying that...however you should replace both head gaskets. This can get costly if you take it to have it done somewhere, but if you use a manual from your local library or buy one from your local auto parts store, its a much more cost effective way of fixing it. You are ok to drive it, be sure to check your fluid before you do. I would look into getting these changed within the next few weeks.

Thanks for using Fixya!



Posted on Jan 06, 2009

  • 119 Answers

SOURCE: I have 2001 suburu forrester..have had 2 problems

usually the valve cover gaskets are not the cause,the headgsket most of the time are either leaking coolant,oil or both! A Subaru dealer may possibly will be able to identify it properly considering this is a very common problem,usually the drivers side headgasket is the first the first to leak,if this is the case a call to subaru wouldn't hurt they may assist you in the repair, good luck!

Posted on Jul 11, 2009

  • 382 Answers

SOURCE: I just purchased a used 1998 Subaru Forester. It's

Have a parts store or mechanic, some do it for free, put the OBD scanner on and tell you what the computer is saying is wrong. Good luck and have a great day.

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

  • 22133 Answers

SOURCE: White smoke from under the hood

if you have a boyfriend that doesnt like dirty hands and cannot check the oil or change a household plug or set the washing machine then ditch him and find a more pratical one or you will be working for the rest of your life to pay all the tradesman ,i will no doubt get another warning from admin?? ,right problem with car now white smoke is usually a signal that you have a water leak and its dripping on the exhaust which could be a perished or split water hose or it could be oil but without seeing its very difficult to advise ,if its very low on oil you will hear a pronounced knock from the big ends or the cams these will suffer first but providing you had more two pints of oil in i doubt this but the low oil can cause the engine to run hot as the oil also acts as a coolant to a degree .now best advice i offer without lifting the bonnet myself is to have a look for anything obvious yourself like the coolant level and the oil level then let engine idle for a short while and keep looking for any leaks ,coolant will smell sweet and sickly and oil will smell like oil on a fire burning ,if you cannot see anything obvious then it may be ok and might have just run hot and some of the grime on the engine was smoking but if you see any leak then consult a local mechanic .

Posted on Jun 04, 2010

  • 3 Answers

SOURCE: The transmission on my 2002

Seems that the vehicle may have gone into 'limp mode' to protect itself from further damage. Do a scan on the vehicle, but it soulds as though the solenoid may need replacing

P.S. With all best intentions, garages DO have screw-ups. It is possible that the tech went to get another bottle of fluid, and well...

Posted on Sep 26, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Is it oil,or power steering fluid or what?how can i tell what is leaking out of my 1998 dodge intrepid

check your fluids oil. power steering tranny fluid brake fluid and see which one is low

Feb 19, 2013 | 1998 Dodge Intrepid

1 Answer

I have a 2000 gmc with a 4.8L. I noticed coolant leaking out of the resivoir bottle today onto the ground. I also have a small surge at low speed. All happened on the same day. Coolant seems to have oil in...

possible thermostat stuck...are you running 60/40 mix in cold temps? oil may be from tranny cooler lines..may have leaked thru to antifreeze..hopefully freezing temp didnt expand walls of radiator and crack it allowing oil in coolant. Cooling system flush recommended

Jan 20, 2011 | 2000 GMC Sierra

1 Answer

I have a 1993 ford explorer 2wd. It has about 275,000 miles on it. For some reason my transmission fluid is leaking into the engine oil. When I noticed that my transmission was slipping, I put a qrt. of...

If you have a vacuum modulator on the trans,it could have a bad diaphram and **** trans fluid into the engine.
Now I do not know what model or unit trans you have. No vacuum mod,then the dealer is correct.
You can look just above the trans oil pan, near the rear, for that part and easily change yourself. Get at auto parts store. It will be the thing with a 3/16 vacuum hose on it,going to a port or vacuum switch on intake manifold

Sep 19, 2010 | 1993 Ford Explorer Limited

1 Answer

A circle with a explanation point on the inside start blinking then the next day it start leaking transmission fluid real bad

you have a blown front seal in the tranny refill with fluid and drive a short distance and monitor the light and check under car for puddle if no puddle and no light then i would service the tranny (replace filter fluid and gasket cheap fix ) if still leaking and light still on you can have it repaired or replaced

Sep 18, 2010 | 2000 Mercury Sable

1 Answer

On my 2000 Ford Windstar it appears that the two transmission fluid lines that run from the transmission to the cooler and are exposed under the front bumper are leaking fluid moreso when the van is parked...

These can be repired by using fuel injector line and 2 hose clamps per end to assure no more leaks. The fuel injector line is resistant to high pressure and heat.

May 20, 2010 | 2000 Ford Windstar

2 Answers

I have a chrysler neon 2000, recently I noticed that the brake oil is leaking for the left side rear wheel. what could the problem be? thanks

If it is leaking from the top area of the plate, and you have drum brakes...then the wheel cylinder is leaking.


Oct 18, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Neon

2 Answers

Transmission hesitates when put into drive 2000 subaru Forester

You did not mention model or miles. Off hand sounds like fluid. Check level and condition of fluid. If many miles maybe needing to change filter and drain and replace fluid. Hope this helps, good luck and have a good day.

May 03, 2009 | 2001 Subaru Forester

1 Answer

Brake fluid leaking alot and now noticed fluid from rear tires

if your car has rear drum then the wheel cylinders could be leaking and in need of replacement. If it has rear disc brakes then it could be leaking fluid where the brake hose goes into the caliper or the brake hose my be worn or have a hole in it. Or it could be a a brake line. You should have it checked because you don't want air getting into the braking system.

Mar 01, 2009 | 1989 Toyota Corolla 2 Door

1 Answer

Break Fluid Leaking, empties every three days

You should be able to look around each tire and see where it is coming from, let me know if any of them have brake fluid on them, if so it is a brake cylinder leaking, if the leak is somewhere else than I may can help you with that, oh and when you do find the problem I can probably save you some money on the repairs.

Dec 19, 2008 | 2000 Ford Windstar

Not finding what you are looking for?
2000 Subaru Forester Logo

Related Topics:

96 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Subaru Experts


Level 3 Expert

75807 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22133 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8172 Answers

Are you a Subaru Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides