Re­call af­ter Subaru blue

An en­gine fault needs ur­gent fix­ing, writes NEILMcDONALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

AWORLD­WIDE re­call has been launched to re­pair a sig­nif­i­cant fault in Subaru’s tur­bocharged 2.5-litre en­gines. The re­call af­fects 1233 Foresters, Im­prezas, WRX, WRX STi, Lib­erty GT sedan and wag­ons lo­cally, ac­cord­ing to Subaru Aus­tralia spokesman David Row­ley. The cars were made be­tween Jan­uary 8 and April 5.

Row­ley says no in­ci­dents with the turbo en­gines have been re­ported in Aus­tralia.

How­ever, Fuji Heavy In­dus­tries, the man­u­fac­turer of Subaru ve­hi­cles, has tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended pro­duc­tion, and the sale of all 2.5-litre four-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gines built be­tween the no­ti­fied dates.

Cars af­fected are the Forester XT, chas­sis num­ber 002070 on­wards; Im­preza WRX and WRX STI, chas­sis num­ber 015006 on­wards; Lib­erty GT sedan, chas­sis num­ber 038385 on­wards; and Lib­erty GT wagon, chas­sis num­ber 068148 on­wards.

Row­ley says cars fit­ted with all other dis­place­ment en­gines and the 2.5-litre nor­mally as­pi­rated en­gine are not af­fected.

Nor is the is­sue re­lated to oil-us­age prob­lems with six-cylin­der en­gines, he says.

The prob­lem in the tur­bocharged 2.5-litre en­gines was re­ported af­ter some cars ex­per- ienced an en­gine knock­ing noise and the re­call is aimed at avoid­ing pos­si­ble dam­age to the en­gines of po­ten­tially af­fected ve­hi­cles.

Fuji has iden­ti­fied the prob­lem as ab­nor­mal wear on con­rod big-end bear­ings and is work­ing to iden­tify the cause and pro­duce a fix.

‘‘There­fore, in the in­ter­ests of pre­vent­ing any pos­si­bil­ity of en­gine dam­age, we are iso­lat­ing any po­ten­tially af­fected ve­hi­cles from sale un­til the cause and cor­rec­tion are iden­ti­fied,’’ a com­pany state­ment says.

Subaru Aus­tralia will up­date its re­tail net­work and rel­e­vant cus­tomers as soon as pos­si­ble, on re­ceipt of fur­ther ad­vice from Fuji.

Con­cerned cus­tomers can con­tact Subaru cus­tomer re­la­tions, ph: 1800 226 643.

Get back to us: Subaru is re­call­ing some mod­els, in­clud­ing the WRX STi made be­tween Jan 8-Apr 5.

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