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Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance how-to tutorials for the 4th generation 2014 to 2018 Subaru Forester SUV.

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2014-2018 Subaru Forester Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Subaru Forester can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement battery part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your Subaru Forester (or upgrade them both to brighter LED units), check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left of this paragraph.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulb Change

3. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Overhead Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out dome light bulb in the overhead housing attached to the headliner of your Subaru Forester (or upgrade it to a brighter LED bulb), take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb

4. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor of your fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Forester SUV (or upgrade it to a brighter LED unit), check out my DIY steps for the procedure (including the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

5. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your Subaru Forester hasn't been working as well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells a bit musty, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Door Panel Removal

6. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your Subaru Forester, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Courtesy Step Light Bulb

7. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located at the bottom of the plastic interior door panels in your Subaru Forester (or upgrade them to brighter LED units), check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement light bulb part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
Rear Wiper Blade Change

8. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the back windshield window of your fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Forester SUV, you probably need to change the rear wiper blade.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the OEM blade size in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

9. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate cargo area door of your Subaru Forester (or you'd like to upgrade them both to brighter LED units), check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

10. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings on a Subaru Forester contain the brake, rear turn signal, reverse and side marker light bulbs.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.



 

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Cargo Area Light Bulb

11. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in your Subaru Forester, check out my DIY tutorial (including the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

12. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the front windshield window of your Subaru Forester during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the OEM blade sizes in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 2.5L Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

13. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 2.5L Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for the FB25 2.5 liter four cylinder motor in a fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Forester should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced at least every 2 to 3 years depending on your driving conditions.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure, with the compatible replacement filter part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

14. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Electrical Fuses & Relays Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical problem with your Subaru Forester is to check for a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay fuse box or the interior passenger compartment electrical panel.

Take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
12V Car Battery Change

15. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble starting the engine in your Subaru Forester on a cold morning and the OEM 12 volt car battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the OEM group size and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Spark Plugs Change

16. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 2.5L Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in a 4th generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Forester with the FB25 2.5 liter four cylinder boxer engine can last up to 100,000 miles, but they should be checked well before that mileage.

Click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left to view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers).

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

17. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight housings of a Subaru Forester contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal, DRL (daytime running lamp) and the front side marker light bulbs.

Check out my DIY directions for changing a burnt out headlight bulb (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 Engine Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide
FB25 Belt Change

18. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 Engine Serpentine Belt Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a chirping or squealing sound coming from the engine bay of your Subaru Forester, you probably need to change the serpentine accessory belt for the FB25 2.5 liter four cylinder boxer motor.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 2.5L Engine Oil Change Guide
FB25 Oil & Filter Change

19. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester FB25 2.5L Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your Forester running reliably for many years is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter on the FB25 2.5 liter four cylinder boxer engine.

To view my DIY steps for the procedure (with the compatible replacement filter part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Front Brake Pads Change

20. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squeaking, screeching or grinding noise coming from the front end of your fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Forester when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front brake pads.

Check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2014-2018 Subaru Forester Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rear Brake Pads Change

21. 2014-2018 Subaru Forester Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a Subaru Forester tend to last twice as long as the front pads or about 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure, with the compatible replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

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