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Subaru Forester 2014 SJ 2.0L FA20 Engine. Oil Temperature Light Is On

Abbotts Auto Care: Unraveling the Mystery of the Oil Temperature Light in Your Subaru Forester

Greetings to all you road warriors and Subaru lovers! Today, we're diving into a puzzling issue that recently landed on our doorstep – an oil temperature light that's been causing distress in a Subaru Forester 2014 SJ, powered by the 2.0L FA20 engine. But fear not, because Abbotts Auto Care is here to not only shed light on this problem but to emphasize the vital role of regular servicing in keeping your ride smooth and your engine happy.

When the Oil Temperature Light Steals the Spotlight

Picture this: you're cruising down the open road in your trusty Subaru Forester when suddenly, the oil temperature light on your dashboard starts glowing like a neon sign. It's a moment of panic for any driver, and it's exactly what happened to a recent customer who sought assistance at Abbotts Auto Care.

A Dipstick, a Service Book, and a Tale of Neglect

Our team of expert mechanics got to work right away. We removed the oil dipstick, expecting to find the answer there. However, to our surprise, there was nothing showing on the dipstick. It's as if the engine was running on empty.

Delving into the service history in the provided service book, we discovered a concerning pattern. Multiple services had been missed, and since the last service, the vehicle had clocked a whopping 30,000 kilometers.

The Search for Clues Under the Hood

With our Sherlock hats on, we lifted the vehicle on the hoist and combed through the engine bay. We were on the hunt for oil leaks, the usual suspects for low oil levels. However, our search turned up empty – no oil leaks were to be found anywhere.

But here's where it got interesting. A peek inside the exhaust pipe revealed an oily residue. That was our "smoking gun." It indicated that the engine was consuming oil, and with a service history this neglected, it had likely developed a nasty case of oil sludge.

The Verdict: A Worn-Out Engine

After careful inspection, our conclusion was clear: the engine had seen better days. It was worn out, and a replacement was the only way to get this Subaru Forester back in tip-top shape.

The Moral of the Story

Our blog isn't just about diagnosing a car problem; it's a lesson in the importance of regular servicing. Neglecting scheduled services can lead to oil sludge, engine wear, and costly repairs. In this case, our Subaru owner's engine paid the price for the neglect.

So, remember, regular servicing isn't just a chore. It's an investment in the longevity of your vehicle and your peace of mind. Abbotts Auto Care is your partner in keeping your Subaru Forester – and any vehicle – running smoothly. We're here to help you avoid unexpected repairs and keep your engine purring like a contented kitten.