Subaru Forester Oil Capacity

While changing the oil in your Forester every 6,000 miles is a good rule of thumb to follow, you may run into situations where it’ll need service before it hits its recommended interval. When this happens, your car may emit any one of the following oil change warning signs:

  • Knocking and loud engine sounds
  • Lower fuel efficiency
    Active Oil Change or Check Engine dashboard light
  • Noticeable oil smell
  • Dark and dirty oil or sludge buildup

These warning signs are often the first indicators of severe damage under the hood, like oil leaks. To reduce the risk of engine damage and failure, schedule a professional oil change for your Subaru Forester as soon as it begins to experience any of these issues!

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Subaru Forester oil capacity and oil change

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
EJ 20J Forester 2.0 4 L. (4.2 qt.) 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
EJ 251 Forester 2.5 4 L. (4.2 qt.) 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Forester 1997-2002

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Wheel Ramps 
  3. Oil Drain Pan 
  4. Oil Funnel 
  5. 17 mm socket 
  6. Gloves 
  7. Oil Filter 
  8. Motor Oil
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2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
EJ 20J Forester 2.0 4 L. (4.2 qt.) 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
EJ 20 Forester 2.0 Turbo 4.5 L. (4.7 qt.) 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
EJ 25 Forester 2.5 4.2 L. (4.43 qt.) 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
EJ 25 Forester 2.5 Turbo 4.3 L. (4.54 qt.) 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Forester 2003-2008

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Oil Drain Pan 
  3. Wheel Ramps 
  4. Oil Funnel 
  5. 17 mm socket 
  6. Gloves 
  7. Oil Filter 
  8. Motor Oil
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2009 2010 2011 2012 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
EJ 20 Forester 2.0 4.2 L. (4.2 qt) / 0.2 L. 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
EJ 253 Forester 2.5 4.2 L. (4.2 qt) / 0.2 L. 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
EJ 255 Forester 2.5 Turbo 4.2 L. (4.2 qt) / 0.2 L. 0W-30
5W-30
5W-40
10W-30
10W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
FB25B Forester 2.5 5.2 L. (5.4 qt.) 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
Forester 2.0 D (2008 – 2013) 5.9 / 0.4 15,000 km / 12 months

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Forester 2008-2013

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Oil Drain Pan 
  3. Wheel Ramps 
  4. Oil Funnel 
  5. 17 mm socket 
  6. Gloves 
  7. Oil Filter 
  8. Motor Oil
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2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
FB20 Forester 2.0i 4.8 L. (5.0 qt.) / 0.2 L. 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
FB25 Forester 2.5i 4.8 L. (5.0 qt.) / 0.2 L. 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
FA20DIT Forester 2.0 XT 5.1 L. (5.4 qt.) / 0.2 L. 5W-30
5W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
Forester 2.0D (2013 – ) 5.9 L. / 0.4 L. 15 000 km/ 12 months

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Forester 2013-2018

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Oil Drain Pan 
  3. Wheel Ramps 
  4. Filter Socket Wrench 
  5. Oil Funnel 
  6. 17 mm socket 
  7. Gloves 
  8. Oil Filter 
  9. Motor Oil
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2018 2019 2020 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil capacity / Filter capacity Recommended oil type Oil change interval
FB20 Forester 2.0i 4.8 L. (5.0 qt.) / 0.2 L. 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
FB25 Forester 2.5i 4.8 L. (5.0 qt.) / 0.2 L. 0W-20
5W-20
5W-30
5W-40
5,000-10,000 km
(3,000-6,000 miles)
FB20D Forester 2.0D 5.9 L. / 0.4 L. 15 000 km/ 12 months

How to change the motor oil in Subaru Forester 2018-2020

Tools needed

  1. Fast Lift Service Jack 
  2. Oil Drain Pan 
  3. Wheel Ramps 
  4. Filter Socket Wrench 
  5. Oil Funnel 
  6. 17 mm socket 
  7. Gloves 
  8. Oil Filter  Motor Oil
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What Happens When You Neglect to Have Your Oil Changed?

You shouldn’t go over your model’s recommended oil change mileage. If you do, several things can go wrong with your car. With dirt and particles constantly being introduced into your oil, your filter will eventually clog and the particles will have nowhere to go. Your oil will become thicker and have a more sludge-like consistency. This will result in more-than-usual wear on your engine.

The oil is not only a lubricant for the constantly moving metal parts, but it also contains several other ingredients, such as detergents and rust-preventative chemicals. These chemicals can eventually wear out if you neglect to change your oil, which will result in unnecessary buildup of dirt and prohibit your oil from lubricating your engine parts properly.

Luckily, oil lasts for a decent amount of time, and if you miss your recommended oil change date/mileage, it won’t destroy your car. However, you should prepare to have this completed when the suggested date or mileage is approaching.

Written by Dan Hoffman

Dan Hoffman

Dan is a co-founder of Engineswork. He knows everything about internal combustion engines. Ask your questions in comments down below this article – he will be glad to help you anytime.

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