Subaru Forester Oil Capacity


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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!

How much oil does a Subaru Forester take?

The 2021 Subaru Forester with the 2.5L 4-cyl engine (engine code FB25D) takes 4.4 quarts (with filter) of 0W-20 synthetic oil. A new oil filter and a crush washer are required.

 

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil Capacity (with filter) Oil Type
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ251 4.2 quarts (4 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40, 10W-50, 20W-40, 20W-50
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ25D 4.8 quarts (4.5 litres) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40, 10W-50, 20W-40, 20W-50

 

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil Capacity (with filter) Oil Type
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ253 (2006+) 4.4 quarts (4.2 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ255 Turbo (2006+) 5 quarts (4.7 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ255 E Turbo 5 quarts (4.7 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
2.5L 4-cyl Engine B EJ253 4.8 quarts (4.5 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ251 4.8 quarts (4.5 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40

 

2009 2010 2011 2012 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil Capacity (with filter) Oil Type
2.5L 4-cyl Engine EJ255 Turbo 4.4 quarts (4.2 liters) 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
2.5L 4-cyl Engine FB25BA 5.5 quarts (5.2 liters) 0W-20
2.5L 4-cyl Engine FB25BC 5.5 quarts (5.2 liters) 0W-20

 

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil Capacity (with filter) Oil Type
2.0L 4-cyl Engine FA20F Turbo 5.4 quarts (5.1 liters) 5W-30
2.5L 4-cyl Engine FB25BA 5.1 quarts (4.8 liters) 0W-20
2.5L 4-cyl Engine FB25BC 5.1 quarts (4.8 liters) 0W-20

 

2019 2020 2021 Subaru Forester oil capacity

Engine Oil Capacity (with filter) Oil Type
2.5L 4-cyl Engine FB25D 4.4 quarts (4.2 liters) 0W-20

 

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 an 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.

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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