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Old 7th June 2014, 19:31   #136
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Time for an update to keep the thread alive

Last week, after first checking to make sure engine oil filter was available, got the Foz its scheduled/regular service at Trident CASS. Close to 90K km on the odo now. The following jobs were done:
  • Engine oil change.
  • Brake servicing.
  • Full interior clean.
Left instructions to use fully synthetic engine oil and perform full brake fluid flush/replacement and bleeding. From the bill, looks like they used 5W30 grade. Probably of the semi-synth variety. (At Rs. 1344 for 4 lts, I don't think it's fully synthetic).

Per the SA, they found an oil leak in the rear brake drum "cylinder" and only topped up the brake fluid. I diligently check fluid (brake/clutch/engine/coolant/front transmission) levels regularly, so am not so sure about this. Brake fluid certainly did not require topping up and now they've over filled the reservoir.

Would have preferred to have done all these outside except I was at their mercy for lack of the oil filter.

Total bill: Rs.7852.

Now, onto another long-delayed update about valve cover gaskets and spark plug seal replacement done earlier in January.

LHS side valve cover after removing plug wires:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1755small.jpg

Oil seen on plug wire socket:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1751small.jpg

Valve train exposed:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1744small.jpg

Dirty valve cover:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1745small.jpg

Valve covers after thorough cleaning with brake cleaner, LHS and RHS:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1780small.jpg

Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1747small.jpg

Oil filler neck, reattached to LHS cover, after replacing the worn O-ring:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1779small.jpg

All four spark plug seals and both valve cover gaskets were replaced with OEM parts + an application of Loctite silicone sealing around cover channels for good measure.

Next pic clearly shows why the plug seals had failed:
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1736small.jpg

Old, compressed seal on the left; new one on the right.

Also, one of the old seals had deformed (top view):
Forester Owners: Servicing?-img_1737small.jpg

Though the leak was observed only on the LHS plug seals, replaced all at once. Kudos to Mr. Das at Trident for a fantastic job. After this job, fuel economy improved by about 10%.
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Time for an update to keep the thread alive

Last week, after first checking to make sure engine oil filter was available, got the Foz its scheduled/regular service at Trident CASS. Close to 90K km on the odo now. The following jobs were done:
  • Engine oil change.
  • Brake servicing.
  • Full interior clean.
Left instructions to use fully synthetic engine oil and perform full brake fluid flush/replacement and bleeding. From the bill, looks like they used 5W30 grade. Probably of the semi-synth variety. (At Rs. 1344 for 4 lts, I don't think it's fully synthetic).

Per the SA, they found an oil leak in the rear brake drum "cylinder" and only topped up the brake fluid. I diligently check fluid (brake/clutch/engine/coolant/front transmission) levels regularly, so am not so sure about this. Brake fluid certainly did not require topping up and now they've over filled the reservoir.

Would have preferred to have done all these outside except I was at their mercy for lack of the oil filter.

Total bill: Rs.7852.

I got my oil changed with synthetic recently too but at Shell Bunk... since I had
the oil filter with me... Yes, the synthetic costs nearly whopping 900 rupees per litre.

I did some research and found most of the oils sold in the market are semi synthetic now a days and they are good for solid 10K atleast for our conditions.
Changing it any before is waste of oil and money I think. Of course full synthetics should go even further.

Thanks a lot for the detailed report on the oil leak fixing at the spark plugs!
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Not sure if it is a wise idea to start a thread on Forester modifications...

But I find the look of the forester where the front bumper and Grill are from JDM Sti models... way too attractive...

Is it worth pursuing this modification?

I love this simple clean look of the STi bumper and Grill.
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Not sure if it is a wise idea to start a thread on Forester modifications...

But I find the look of the forester where the front bumper and Grill are from JDM Sti models... way too attractive...

Is it worth pursuing this modification?

I love this simple clean look of the STi bumper and Grill.
Certainly looks attractive. It is a matter of how much it may cost to import the kit.
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Certainly looks attractive. It is a matter of how much it may cost to import the kit.
Looks like way too expensive to get it from Japan (www.japanparts.com)
Just the Grill seems to be in the order of 30k without shipping and painting
I think I will give it a pass.

I would rather spend my money to keep my forester on the road
Given that now is the time it needs my attention.
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Looks like way too expensive to get it from Japan (www.japanparts.com)
Just the Grill seems to be in the order of 30k without shipping and painting
I think I will give it a pass.

I would rather spend my money to keep my forester on the road
Given that now is the time it needs my attention.
Also you seem to loose the fog lamps with this bumper.
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Also you seem to loose the fog lamps with this bumper.
AFAIK they go behind the STI Covers, yes they are an additional cost if you want them.
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IIRC, STi bumpers have different mounting tabs. Also, I have bought parts from japanparts.com and they are great guys to deal with. But shipping charges for big parts can get really expensive.
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Just in case you wanted to try the Castrol Pistop in HSR
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post3456533 (Castrol Pitstop)
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I wanted to what is the best route to order the wiper blades.
Does Bosch has matching wipers and if so where does one find them in Bangalore.
I was also thinking of ordering though Amazon/eBay.
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I wanted to what is the best route to order the wiper blades.
Does Bosch has matching wipers and if so where does one find them in Bangalore.
I was also thinking of ordering though Amazon/eBay.
I had previously ordered Bosch Aero wipers from autobulbs.co.uk but that was when they had free shipping.

But I strongly recommend getting them here itself as it is much cheaper and instantaneous to get in JC road/Lalbagh road, Opposite to Urvashi theatre there is a Bosch retailer.

You just need to know the size of the wipers ( I think front is 22" and 19")
and get a Bosch wiper with tropical rubber, you can replace them yourself.
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But I strongly recommend getting them here itself as it is much cheaper and instantaneous to get in JC road/Lalbagh road, Opposite to Urvashi theatre there is a Bosch retailer.

You just need to know the size of the wipers ( I think front is 22" and 19")
and get a Bosch wiper with tropical rubber, you can replace them yourself.
Very useful info. Are the mounting mechanism universal?
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Very useful info. Are the mounting mechanism universal?
Yes it is and very simple to replace.
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Yes it is and very simple to replace.
Yes It is simple. I had ordered the rea wiper and replaced it myself.
BTW, I have finally went ahead and got the rear shocks replaced.
Costed me 70+k! But I did not have any other alternative as the ride had become really bad.
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Yes It is simple. I had ordered the rea wiper and replaced it myself.
BTW, I have finally went ahead and got the rear shocks replaced.
Costed me 70+k! But I did not have any other alternative as the ride had become really bad.
1L was what was quoted when I had checked long time ago with CASS@Garuda
and that was for set of four I think, May be that price is slightly off the mark with what it
actually costs. What shocks are these? Could you please share the details if you don't mind? And do you think the front shocks are still holding good?
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