2011-13 Subaru Forester Engines Slow to Start

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Vehicles affected by service bulletin:

  • 2011 Subaru Forester
  • 2012 Subaru Forester
  • 2013 Subaru Forester

The problem: Some cars require an extended amount of time cranking the engine to start up. This is due to a fault in the software that controls the engine performance system.

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Corrective action: Dealers will reprogram the engine control module with updated software to alleviate the problem.

Warranty info: This repair will be done under the new-car warranty (three years/36,000 miles) or, if applicable, the emissions warranty (eight years/80,000 miles).

What owners should do: Call your local dealer with your vehicle’s identification number to determine if it’s eligible for repairs under this service bulletin. You can call Subaru directly at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236. Reference TSB No. 11-153-15.

Need to find a dealer for service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find a local dealer.

Editor’s note: This is only one of dozens of service bulletins issued each month by automakers. Please check your automaker’s website to see if your vehicle has any service bulletins pending.

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