I have a 2013 Subaru Forrester with less than 20K miles. The service folks just identified some major engine damage because of lack of an oil change and "stale oil." The oil light on the dash never went off. Does anyone know what the oil PSI should be to get the oil light to go off? Thanks!

Asked by Mar 28, 2018 at 12:05 PM about the 2013 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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I don't think this is entirely true. Yes, lack of proper maintenance can lead to damage to the engine and other parts of the vehicle. Try to reset the oil light yourself. Subaru initiated a program to extend warranty due to excessive engine oil consumption which includes 2011- 2014 models with the 205 L engine. Contact them for information. If you change the oil recently, inquire with Subaru before you allow the service folks to charge you for any "mayor damage to the engine".

Thanks GuruYBTC8 for the assist. The thing is, the light never went off... and I have no clue how to reset it. Do you know what the PSI for the oil pressure should be? And it was a Subaru tech who did the oil change and identified the major engine work that needs to be done.. ugh

5,190

If you have the car manual the instructions are there. In any case, you can shut it off by resetting the computer using the Saturday mechanic method. Remove the positive terminal in the battery, wait about 15 minutes and replace it; the oil light should be off. Do this with the ignition switch OFF! You may need to reset your radio and clock after doing this.

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Sounds suspect to me, too. Reset the oil light as above, and be sure that you've 5-5.5qts fresh oil in it. The most modern iteration will have a "low" oil light that triggers when only 1 liter down. This is NOT pressure-activated. But if you've consumed ALL the oil in 20k miles without checking (which is reasonable for the super-skinny 0w20 synth specced), then indeed there could be some bottom-end resultant rapping from lube starvation. But if the motor's quiet, running well on full oil, then you've dodged a bullet. Use 5w30 synth to reduce consumption too. Yes, you can reset some lights with a power cut, but sometimes several hours is required as ECM capacitors can hold charge longer than a few minutes.

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