2012 Subaru Forester Oil Change Service

2012 Subaru Forester Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 2012 Subaru Forester? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

When to Change 2012 Subaru Forester Engine Oil

Not sure how or where to get your Subaru Forester’s oil changed? Look no further than Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. We know all about motor oil, too. After all, "Oil is the blood of the engine. It's the #1 thing you can do for your car," says our maintenance technician, Brianna.

Subaru recommends having your 2012 Subaru Forester’s motor oil changed at regular intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. No matter the mileage, your Forester may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, smell oil inside the car, or notice an unusual amount of exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by Subaru if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty terrain, enjoy off-roading, or drive at low speeds for long distances. More frequent oil changes generally won't harm your Subaru Forester. In fact, every oil change is an opportunity to diagnose and treat any other issues, such as bad brakes or a failing battery.

What Type of Oil Does My Subaru Forester Need?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 2012 Subaru Forester motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Subaru has recommendations as to whether conventional or synthetic oil is the ideal engine oil for your 2012 Forester. Motor oil reduces friction between engine components, regulate engine temperature, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. In an oil change service, an auto technician will change your Forester’s oil, replace and recycle the old oil and filter, inspect all of your other filters, refill vital car fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. You can drive with confidence knowing that we look out for you and your Forester by taking into account your driving preferences, climate,

Types of Motor Oil for Subarus

What motor oils are available at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We carry the best because your Forester deserves the best. Talk with a teammate and consult your owner's manual before picking a motor oil. At Firestone Complete Auto Care, you can choose from the following oils: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. With so many motor oil brands in the market, why do we carry these brands? They are champions. For instance, when tested on taxi fleets from coast to coast, Quaker State was shown to provide double the protection when compared to the industry standard. [1] Pennzoil is another option. Pennzoil Synthetics feature the capabilities to advance with vehicle technology to offer complete protection for not only the engines of today, but also the engines of tomorrow. Then there's Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oil. It's made for gasoline and diesel engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is uniquely strengthened to deliver heightened performance in extreme temperatures, increased wear protection, and better oxidation resistance. For help picking the correct motor oil for your 2012 Subaru Forester, refer to Subaru's recommendations first.

Where to Get an Oil Change for Subaru Forester

The next time your Subaru Forester needs an oil change, you know where to turn. Your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care has the ideal oil for your Forester’s engine. We'll take care of you quickly, with the right engine oil at a competitive price. To find out how much a 2012 Forester oil change costs, call ahead. Let the experts take care of your Forester’s engine by making an oil change appointment today. Many stores are open late and on weekends for your convenience.

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 2012 Subaru Forester

  • Should I check my Subaru Forester motor oil level? Engine oil lubricates moving parts in your engine. If you're low or out of oil, these components can grind against each other, overheat, and eventually lead to Subaru Forester engine failure. That’s why you’re better off checking your oil levels and investing in routine lube services.
  • Can I change my Subaru Forester oil at home? Changing your own oil isn't as convenient as you might think. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Getting a professional oil change reduces the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also help your car perform down the road.
  • Why is my Subaru Forester exhaust smoke grayish or blue? There could be an oil leak and your engine is burning oil. It may be time for a pro to take a look. A leak can be caused by a variety of issues including faulty valve seals, fried piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Get Your Subaru Forester Oil Changed

Help your 2012 Subaru Forester run newer, longer with routine oil changes. Schedule your oil change appointment today.