Recall after Subaru blue
An engine fault needs urgent fixing, writes NEILMcDONALD
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.