I successfully replaced the factory radio/cassette unit in my 1998 Forester S using a Philips screwdriver and a 1" putty knife.
The radio buttons didn't always work and the display didn't display characters. The overhead clock also stopped displaying correctly but I didn't bother replacing it since a working radio would have a clock.
Don't bother with using a DIN radio removal tool (the U shaped wires that supposedly release DIN radios from their sleeve). The Forester radio is screwed to its sleeve with 2 screws on each side.
1-open the armrest and you'll see 2 round plastic caps. Insert the putty knife under the caps to pop them off to reveal the Phillips screws and remove the screws.
2-insert the putty knife into the cracks around the armrest trim to pry and release the trim
3-insert the putty knife into the cracks around the trim around the gearshift lever to pry and release its trim
4-insert the ignition key and turn it to the position that allows you to move the gearshift lever out of park. Rotate and move the trim away from the radio area. Return the gearshift back to park and remove the key.
5-insert the putty knife in the crack between the radio trim and the dashboard. Gently pry the trim off the dashboard. Go all around the radio and the storage box under it.
6-You should be able to pull the trim away from the radio. You'll have to wiggle the trim due to the ashtray and the cigarette lighter.
7-remove the 4 screws that mount the radio to the dash frame
8-pull the radio and the storage box and their frame out slightly and disconnect the antenna, wiring connector and ground.
The Subaru Forester has a radio that must be removed with an Allan Wrench. The face plate is removed with the Allan Wrench and the mounting screws can then be accessed.;
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Radiator removal for a Subaru is no different from any other car.
Subaru Forester was created in 1997.
it is above the radio below the temp controls
Subaru Forester has a timing belt.
There is a plastic piece of trim that frames the radio and the climate control panel. If you grasp this piece and pull gently, it will pop off. Underneath, you will see that the radio is held in by 4 Phillips head screws.
The 2004 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2011 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2014 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2006 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2010 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2002 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2013 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2009 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2008 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2001 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2005 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
The 2003 Subaru Forester has 16 valves.
One can find a forum specifically for the Subaru Forester by going to the Subaru Forester org website. This forum has a wide variety of extensive information pertaining to the Subaru Forester.
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