Need Help?

1998 Subaru Forester Base 4dr Manual NA Pkg AWD

1998 Subaru Forester
Trim Info:
All Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 4WD Special Purpose
21 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy
Other Trims
Do you own this car?
Estimated Mileage
 Miles
Enter current mileage for most
accurate info about this vehicle


Track Your Service Records
Get Recall Alerts
Get Updated Value Estimates on Your Car.

back to question list

Ask the Community

Ask Our Auto Mechanics


July 29, 2012, 3:39 pm

Nancy M
 

Question: 2009 forester AC won't cool even after a charge


I ac failed in 2010 and now in 2012 my AC doesn't hardly at all even after a charge. I've read this is a big problem in these cars.


August 3, 2012, 4:35 pm

Ron W
Expert Mechanic

Sounds like the blend door is stuck.

It is located under the dash board and usually are difficult to get to. Yours is probably controlled by electronic actuator that is operated by the computer. The actuator is usually the part that fails. It's about a $50 part, but the labor can be fairly expensive depending on which one has failed and how much of the dash has to be disassembled to access it.


1/1 users found this helpful.

August 3, 2012, 5:19 pm

Nancy M
 

Thanks for getting back to me. It looks like the AC cools not as it should when its in the 80's but once it is in the 90's it runs hot unless you are a highway. But the minute you stop no air.
Would this still be actuator?


0/0 users found this helpful.

August 4, 2012, 7:05 am

Ron W
Expert Mechanic

Check your cooling fan operation. Or if you have a second fan for AC operation, make sure it turns on when the AC is on.Sounds more like an air flow issue across the condenser (in front of the radiator). Also make sure there aren't a million bugs stuck in the condenser as that can restrict flow as well. You could spay water through it from the engine side (with a cold engine and not running)

The actuator usually either works or doesn't. Or fails when it electrically warms up. Vehicle speed shouldn't effect it's operation.


0/0 users found this helpful.

August 4, 2012, 2:24 pm

Nancy M
 

Thanks for your advice. I took the car to a shop and they told me I had too many things on the floor behind the passage seat. The air wasn't venting and circulating right. After that the AC was blowing at 60 degrees. Go figure. I'm glad that the AC is working because I had to have it replaced 2 years ago. Thanks for your help.


0/0 users found this helpful.

Ask our panel of certified auto mechanics a question. We pay for their advice so you don't have to



My Auto Score

See the free AutoCheck score

Meet The Experts
Kim Perrin
Kim Perrin is our resident mechanic here at DriverSide. Kim worked as…
Tyler Orr
Tyler Orr is an expert in German and Japanese cars and has been a mechanic …
Elizabeth Kriesten
Elizabeth Kriesten worked as an automotive technician for several years at Dodge…
Tips on Servicing

Car Brakes: How Do You Know When to Change Them?

By Zach Bowman For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle's braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until ...

Read more…