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AC Went out in my Forester Again #5390286 03/31/20 03:48 PM
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Well this is the second time the AC went out. Really disappointed. It seems that I'm seeing a lot of people online and in person who are having tons of problems with 14-18 Foresters and the AC going out. I have spoke to a few people at my office who have currently or have had a 14-18 Forester and it's the same thing , the AC was constantly breaking until the car was out of the 3/36K warranty. Then they either paid to replace parts constantly out of pocket or just dealt with having no AC.

Summer of 2018, the AC stopped working. Apparently the refrigerant leaked out of the condenser (known issue) and for some reason when there is low refrigerant, the car just leaves the compressor on all the time. Ruined the compressor too. So all of that was replaced.

Spring of 2019 first warm day, I turned on the AC and nothing. Last summer it rained all summer so I never had any need for AC. Brought it to my mechanic and he diagnosed it as either a gasket or o-ring on the high pressure line had failed. He didn't touch or open anything up because it had a warranty. I wanted a diagnosis by a real mechanic in case they give me problems on it.

Doing some research, it seems that the high pressure o-rings are quite common and it requires a new high pressure line.

So next is a valve (not sure what?) that will go bad, no doubt. And of course the evaporators are also known to go bad.

I really like this car, but my big German Shepherd does not like the lack of AC when it's hot out.


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390290 03/31/20 03:52 PM
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Did your mechanic show you exactly where the leak is? From what you're saying it's a connection at the compressor or the condenser-- both places that were worked on last year. Or something like that. It is 2020 now and you're talking about 2019?

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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390310 03/31/20 04:37 PM
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dang, i have a freind at work who was until recently driving a 2003-ish Forrester, well over 300k she doesn't know how far, as the odometer didn't work, nor did the heat, couldn't put more than 3/4 of a tank in it or the gas leaked, used/leaked oil, etc.

in fact the only thing that DID work reliably on it was the AC.....


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390313 03/31/20 04:43 PM
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I’ve read the same thread and am very relieved to say ours has been spared. We cranked the A/C for the first time over the weekend and it was very cold.

My biggest concern has always been the sub-par heat!


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390345 03/31/20 05:16 PM
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If it leaked out Replace the O-Rings on the discharge line both at the compressor and condenser. Also there is a temp sensor on top of the compressor that goes bad. I have been unable to find one except it comes with a new compressor.


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390359 03/31/20 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller88
I really like this car, but my big German Shepherd does not like the lack of AC when it's hot out.

Get a different dog.
coffee


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Lolvoguy] #5390363 03/31/20 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
Originally Posted by Miller88
I really like this car, but my big German Shepherd does not like the lack of AC when it's hot out.

Get a different dog.
coffee


If your wife doesn't like your car do you get a different wife?

Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390411 03/31/20 06:55 PM
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Keep the wife and dog and get a different car. Coffee2


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: atikovi] #5390414 03/31/20 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
Originally Posted by Miller88
I really like this car, but my big German Shepherd does not like the lack of AC when it's hot out.

Get a different dog.
coffee


If your wife doesn't like your car do you get a different wife?

Never got married.
Girlfriends are much easier to replace.
They even have apps to help you choose.
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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Lolvoguy] #5390417 03/31/20 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mk378
Did your mechanic show you exactly where the leak is? From what you're saying it's a connection at the compressor or the condenser-- both places that were worked on last year. Or something like that. It is 2020 now and you're talking about 2019?


AC failed a second time last year. But I didn't bring it to have it diagnosed until yesterday.

He did. It's leaking out where the high pressure line connects to the compresssor and goes to the condenser. The line would have had to come off back in 2018 when the compressor and condenser was replaced




Originally Posted by Lolvoguy
Originally Posted by Miller88
I really like this car, but my big German Shepherd does not like the lack of AC when it's hot out.

Get a different dog.
coffee


I'm a cat person so , unless a different dog is a feline :P


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390421 03/31/20 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller88
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Originally Posted by Miller88
I really like this car, but my big German Shepherd does not like the lack of AC when it's hot out.

Get a different dog.
coffee


I'm a cat person so , unless a different dog is a feline :P

That'll do!
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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: gathermewool] #5390426 03/31/20 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by gathermewool
I’ve read the same thread and am very relieved to say ours has been spared. We cranked the A/C for the first time over the weekend and it was very cold.

My biggest concern has always been the sub-par heat!


The feet heat is terrible and my feet are always cold. Face heat will have you sweating though.


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Re: AC Went out in my Forester Again [Re: Miller88] #5390469 03/31/20 08:38 PM
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Wonder why they have to replace the high pressure line. I saw the thread on the forester forums about a bunch of condensers being replaced and stuff, but didn't see anything about the lines. I skimmed through everything pretty quick and might've missed something though.

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The compressor in mine failed after running with no refrigerant or oil and had to be replaced. I'm guessing that's where the oring/ line was damaged.


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I had no issues with my 2016 Forester's A/C in the 45k miles i owned it, other than the HVAC system in general being on the weak side. I found that to be the case with the 3 Subarus I owned (2012+). My opinion anyway.

On the other hand, my brother's 2017 Forester needed a/c work very early on while under warranty. Not sure what the issue was though.


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