Does A Subaru Forester Have A Timing Belt Or Timing Chain?

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Subaru Forester Belt Or Chain

From model years 2014 to 2021 all Subaru Foresters have timing chains. From model years 2011 to 2013 the naturally aspirated Foresters have timing chains while the turbo Foresters have timing belts. Prior to 2013 all Foresters have timing belts.

All Forester engines are interference.

For example, the 2021 Subaru Forester 2.5L 4 Cyl. 182 hp (FB25 DI H4) option has a timing chain while the 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) option has a timing belt.

Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Model Years Engine Option Timing Belt Or Chain Interference Or Non-Interference
2014 - 2021 all timing chain interference
2011 - 2013 naturally aspirated timing chain interference
2011 - 2013 turbo-charged timing belt interference
1998 - 2011 all timing belt interference
Subaru Forester e Boxer outdoors on a dirt road.
Subaru Forester e Boxer outdoors on a dirt road.

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Timing Belt Basics

A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.
A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.

The primary purpose of the timing belt or timing chain is to maintain the timing (syncronization) between the crankshaft and the camshaft(s).

A timing belt is made of a rubber compound while a timing chain is made of chain similiar to a bicycle chain.

A timing belt wears out over time and must be replaced at the manufacturer's specified interval. Timing belt failure can result in serious engine damage.

Although a timing chain will wear over time it is usually good for the lifetime of the engine but it should be routinely inspected.

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Note: Replacement intervals are broad recommendations and can be affected by age, weather conditions, running conditions etc. Check with the owner's manual/ manufacturer/ dealership.

2021 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2021 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2021 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 182 hp (FB25 DI H4)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2020 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2020 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 182 hp (FB25 DI H4)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2019 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2019 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 182 hp (FB25 DI H4)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2018 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2018 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 250 hp (FA20F H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2018 Subaru Forester
2018 Subaru Forester

2017 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2017 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 250 hp (FA20F H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2017 Subaru Forester
2017 Subaru Forester

2016 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2016 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 250 hp (FA20F H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2016 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT
2016 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT

2015 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2015 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 250 hp (FA20F H4) timing chain interference lifetime

2014 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2014 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2014 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 250 hp (FA20F H4) timing chain interference lifetime

2013 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

The naturally aspirated 2013 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain while the turbocharged have a timing belt. They both have an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2013 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2012 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

The naturally aspirated 2012 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain while the turbocharged have a timing belt. They both have an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2012 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2011 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

The naturally aspirated 2011 Subaru Forester models have a timing chain while the turbocharged have a timing belt. They both have an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2011 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (FB25 H4) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2010 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2010 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2010 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2009 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2009 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2009 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2008 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2008 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2008 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2007 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2007 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2007 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2006 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2006 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2006 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2005 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2005 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2005 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2004 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2004 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2004 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2003 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2003 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2003 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 170 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles
2.5L 4 Cyl. 224 hp (EJ25 H4) timing belt interference 105k miles

2002 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2002 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2002 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 165 hp (EJ25D H4)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval 105k miles

2001 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2001 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2001 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 165 hp (EJ25D H4)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval 105k miles

2000 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2000 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2000 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 165 hp (EJ25D H4)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval 105k miles

1999 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1999 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1999 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 165 hp (EJ25D H4)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval 105k miles

1998 Subaru Forester - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1998 Subaru Forester models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1998 Subaru Forester Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 165 hp (EJ25D H4)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval 105k miles

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