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Old 10-26-2018, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Subaru may recall quite a few cars for valve spring issues

https://www.torquenews.com/1084/suba...many-us-models

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When it rains it pours on Subaru Corporation. Reports out of Japan say the Japanese automaker is about to issue a huge recall that will affect several hundred thousand vehicles in Japan and the U.S. because of a faulty engine part. A report from The Asahi Shimbun says Subaru will be reporting the huge recall in Japan to the transport ministry by November 5.

According to sources in Japan, “a valve spring could break and hamper the workings of the engine.” The report says every vehicle Subaru manufactures, except for their Mini vehicles, (not sold in the U.S.) are affected which means hundreds of thousands of Subaru vehicles in the U.S. could be recalled.

This would include all models like Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, WRX STI, and BRZ sports coupe. It would also include the Toyota 86 jointly produced with Subaru and uses the same Boxer engine.

The report did not say which model years are affected by the faulty engine part. All Subaru vehicles are powered by a Boxer engine and many models may be using the same valve spring that is causing the potential engine issue. The sources say in Japan alone, the recall will likely apply to hundreds of thousands of vehicles. The costs for the planned recall over the engine part problem could exceed 25 billion yen ($223 million US) in Japan alone.
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:22 PM   #2
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well, itīs torquenews, itīs not a grain of salt, itīs a salt lake
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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well, itīs torquenews, itīs not a grain of salt, itīs a salt lake
hahahahahahaha


but if it's true its a big disaster. Subaru shares already dropped.
Would be a big shame
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:51 PM   #4
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Has anyone heard of valve spring failures on NASIOC? I haven't.
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:00 PM   #5
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Has anyone heard of valve spring failures on NASIOC? I haven't.
This. Nope. Ain't no way they're ripping my car apart unless it breaks.
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:31 PM   #6
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This. Nope. Ain't no way they're ripping my car apart unless it breaks.


My sentiments exactly. I am no fan of the idea of the dealer pulling the engine if it ain’t broken.
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Old 10-26-2018, 04:20 PM   #7
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Interesting... I doubt it would affect my car though. even if it did they may not want to work on it. 241K and climbing on a stock motor.
Granted i was toying with the idea of having it rebuilt from the crank out in the spring.
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Old 10-26-2018, 05:08 PM   #8
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I wouldn't panic just yet. Let's wait and see what cars are part of the recall. The FA20DIT versions in the Forester and WRX use different valve springs. I am not sure about the XT but there are plenty of WRX examples approaching or well over 100,000 miles with bolt-ons and stage 2 tunes pushing way more power than factory specs and I have yet to come across a single issue related to this. I am thinking they may extend warranty to 100,000 like they did with the pitch mount.
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:51 PM   #9
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Yeah agreed. I could careless until it breaks on my car too. I hate going to dealerships anyway.
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Old 10-26-2018, 10:07 PM   #10
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Doesn't it seem like this would be discussed on forums on a frequent or even a constant basis if it was such a massive issue that it spanned the entire product lineup? And unless this was something like metallurgy failure (which again would seem to be something discussed if systematic), it seems kind of odd that radically different engine platforms from different generations, both FI and NA, are all systematically affected? And if not a systematic metallurgy failure, does that mean the EJ257 has had this issue since 2003 and no one happened to notice?
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:33 AM   #11
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My FXT is at 65k miles now. I guess I'll hold off on changing the spark plugs...


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Old 10-27-2018, 10:45 AM   #12
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My FXT is at 65k miles now. I guess I'll hold off on changing the spark plugs...


I got free labor @ 60K for a dealer plug swap when I had the leak-down recall done! It helped soften the intense anger I had over the whole recall / ECU flash and Subaru’s pathetic ball-drop on handling that whole thing.
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Old 10-27-2018, 11:09 AM   #13
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That’s funny, when I had my new short block installed for oil consumption, they didn’t put new spark plugs in.
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Old 10-27-2018, 05:17 PM   #14
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Looks like only BRZ and 86 FA20 motors are the ones with this issue.
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:04 AM   #15
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Looks like only BRZ and 86 FA20 motors are the ones with this issue.
So the FB20 then?
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:21 PM   #16
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So the FB20 then?
BRZ uses the FA20,not the FB
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:16 PM   #17
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There are a lot of "coulds" in the article !
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Old 10-29-2018, 05:10 PM   #18
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That’s funny, when I had my new short block installed for oil consumption, they didn’t put new spark plugs in.
I had to ask them to put new plugs in; they wouldn't have done it otherwise.
They did my wife's 2011 Forester FB25 short block back in September of 2015.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:14 PM   #19
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How would a modified wrx be treated for this recall? would they deny it to or would it still be covered? My car hasnt been to the dealer since new and it is modified. Kind of nervous to have them rip the engine open and fix something that no one complained about.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:35 PM   #20
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Mods = SOL. You're on your own. Subaru isn't a fan of supporting modded Subies, no matter how minor they may be.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:39 PM   #21
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Are failed valve springs or bent valves an issue with the boosted twins community?
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:02 PM   #22
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Are failed valve springs or bent valves an issue with the boosted twins community?
I have seen one. Was very surprised to see the BRZ up without the engine in it. I asked what was wrong, I was told the valves. Was a little bit ago. Haven't noticed anymore.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:59 AM   #23
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:44 PM   #24
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JFC, how many times will my engine have to be taken apart in my Impreza?
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:09 PM   #25
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JFC, how many times will my engine have to be taken apart in my Impreza?
you should have bought one with an EJ instead
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