subaru forester 2010 owner manual

Before you operate your Subaru Forester 2010, carefully read this manual. To protect yourself and extend the service life of your vehicle, follow the instructions in this manual. Failure to observe these instructions may result in serious injury and damage to your vehicle. This manual is composed of fourteen chapters. Each chapter begins with a brief table of contents, so you can usually tell at a glance if that chapter contains the information you want.

Seat, Seatbelts and Airbags
Front seats
Manual seat
Power seat (driver’s seat – if equipped)
Head restraint adjustment
Active head restraint
Seat heater (if equipped)
Rear seats
Head restraint adjustment
Reclining the seatback (if equipped)
Folding down the rear seatback
Seatbelt safety tips
Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (A/ELR
Seatbelt warning light and chime
Fastening the seatbelt
Seatbelt maintenance
Front seatbelt pretensioners
System monitors
System servicing
Precautions against vehicle modification
Child restraint systems
Where to place a child restraint system
Choosing a child restraint system
Installing child restraint systems with A/ELR seatbelt
Installing a booster seat
Installation of child restraint systems by use of
lower and tether anchorages (LATCH)
Top tether anchorages *SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag)
Vehicles with SRS airbags and lap/shoulder restraints for driver, front passenger, and windowside rear passengers
SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system
SRS side airbag and SRS curtain airbag
SRS airbag system monitors
SRS airbag system servicing
Precautions against vehicle modification
Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags

Keys and Doors
Key number plate
Security ID plate
Security indicator light
Key replacement
Door locks
Locking and unlocking from the outside
Locking and unlocking from the inside
Battery drainage prevention function
Power door locking switches
Key lockin prevention function
Remote keyless entry system
Locking the doors
Unlocking the doors
Unlocking the rear gate
Illuminated entry
Vehicle finder function
Sounding a panic alarm
Selecting audible signal operation
Replacing the battery
Replacing lost transmitters
Alarm system
System operation
Activating and deactivating the alarm system
If you have accidentally triggered the alarm system
Arming the system
Disarming the system
Valet mode
Passive arming
Tripped sensor identification
Shock sensors (dealer option)
Child safety locks
Power windows
Rear gate
Moonroof (if equipped)
To open the moonroof
To close the moonroof
Antientrapment function
Sun shade

Instruments and controls
Ignition switch
Key reminder chime
Ignition switch light
Hazard warning flasher
Meters and gauges
Combination meter illumination
Canceling the function for meter/gauge needle movement upon turning on the ignition switch
Odometer/Trip meter
Fuel gauge
Warning and indicator lights
Seatbelt warning light and chime
SRS airbag system warning light
Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators
CHECK ENGINE warning light/Malfunction indicator lamp
Coolant temperature low indicator light/Coolant temperature high warning light
Charge warning light
Oil pressure warning light
AT OIL TEMP warning light (AT models)
Low tire pressure warning light (USspec models)
ABS warning light
Brake system warning light
Low fuel warning light
Hill start assist warning light (MT models)
Door open warning light
AllWheel Drive warning light (AT models)
Automatic headlight beam leveler warning light (models with HID headlights)
Vehicle Dynamics Control operation indicator light
Vehicle Dynamics Control warning light/Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light
Security indicator light
SPORT mode indicator light (AT models)
Selector lever and gear position indicator (AT models)
Turn signal indicator lights
High beam indicator light
Cruise control indicator light
Cruise control set indicator light
Front fog light indicator light (if equipped)
Headlight indicator light
Information display
Outside temperature indicator
Current fuel consumption (if equipped)
Average fuel consumption
To turn off fuel consumption indicator display
Light control switch

Climate control
Air flow selection
Center and side ventilators
Manual climate control system (if equipped)
Control panel
Heater operation
Air conditioner operation
Automatic climate control system (if equipped)
Control panel
To use as fullautomatic climate control system
To use as semiautomatic climate control system
Fan speed control dial
Temperature control dial
Air flow control dial
Air inlet selection button
Air conditioner button
Temperature sensors
Operating tips for heater and air conditioner
Cleaning ventilation grille
Efficient cooling after parking in direct sunlight
Lubrication oil circulation in the refrigerant circuit
Checking air conditioning system before summer season
Cooling and dehumidifying in high humidity and low temperature weather conditions
Air conditioner compressor shutoff when engine is heavily loaded
Refrigerant for your climate control system
Air filtration system
Replacing an air filter

Antenna system
Roof antenna
FM reception
XMTM satellite radio reception (if equipped)
Installation of accessories
Audio set
Type A audio set (if equipped)
Type B audio set (if equipped)
Power and sound controls
Power switch and volume control
Sound control
Adjustable level of each mode
FM/AM radio operation
FM/AM selection
Displaying radio PS (Program Service Name) and
RT (Radio Text)
Station preset
Satellite radio operation (if equipped)
XMTM satellite radio
Sirius satellite radio
Satellite radio reception
Displaying satellite radio ID of tuner
Band selection
Channel and category selection
Channel preset
Display selection
CD player operation
How to insert a CD (type A)
How to insert a CD(s) (type B)
How to play back a CD
To select a track from its beginning
Fastforwarding and fastreversing
Random playback
Display selection
Folder selection
How to eject a CD from the player (type A)
How to eject CDs from the player (type B)
When the following messages are displayed
AUX unit operation
Audio control buttons (if equipped)
MODE button
Precautions to observe when handling a compact disc

Interior equipment
Interior lights
Dome light
Cargo area light
Map light
Sun visors
Vanity mirror
Storage compartment
Glove box
Center console
Overhead console
Rear seat center table (if equipped)
Coin tray
Cup holders
Front passenger cup holder
Rear passenger cup holder (if equipped)
Bottle holders
Accessory power outlets
Use with a cigarette lighter (dealer option)
Ashtray (if equipped)
Floor mat
Shopping bag hook
Coat hook
Cargo area cover (dealer option)
Using the cover
To remove the cover
To install the cover housing
Cargo tiedown hooks
Underfloor storage compartment (if equipped)

Starting and operating
Fuel requirements
Fuel filler lid and cap
State emission testing (US only)
Preparing to drive
Starting the engine
Manual transmission model
Automatic transmission model
Stopping the engine
Remote engine start system (dealer option)
Starting your vehicle
Remote start safety features
Entering the vehicle while it is running via remote start
Entering the vehicle following remote engine start shutdown
Preheating or precooling the interior of the vehicle
Service mode
Remote transmitter programming and programmable feature option
System maintenance
Manual transmission
Shifting speeds
Driving tips
Automatic transmission
Selector lever
Selector lever reverse inhibiting function
Selection of manual mode
Maximum speeds
Driving tips
SPORT mode
Shift lock release
Power steering
Braking tips
Brake system
Disc brake pad wear warning indicators
ABS (Antilock Brake System)
ABS system selfcheck
ABS warning light
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system
Steps to take if EBD system malfunctions
Vehicle Dynamics Control system
Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitor
Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) (USspec models)
Parking your vehicle
Parking brake
Parking tips
Hill start assist system (MT vehicles)
Hill start assist warning light
Cruise control
To set cruise control
To temporarily cancel the cruise control
To turn off the cruise control
To change the cruising speed

Driving tips
New vehicle breakin driving – the first, miles (, km)
Fuel economy hints
Engine exhaust gas (carbon monoxide)
Catalytic converter
Periodic inspections
Driving in foreign countries
Driving tips for AWD models
Onpavement and offroad driving
Winter driving
Operation during cold weather
Driving on snowy and icy roads
Corrosion protection
Snow tires
Tire chains
Rocking the vehicle
Loading your vehicle
Vehicle capacity weight
GVWR and GAWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Gross Axle Weight Rating)
Roof rail (if equipped)
Roof molding and crossbar (if equipped)
Trailer hitch (dealer option)
Connecting a trailer
When you do not tow a trailer
Trailer towing
Warranties and maintenance
Maximum load limits
Trailer hitches
Connecting a trailer
Trailer towing tips

In case of emergency
If you park your vehicle in case of anemergency
Temporary spare tire (if equipped)
Precautions for AWD models with automatic transmission
Maintenance tools
Tool bag
Under the cargo area
Flat tires
Changing a flat tire
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) (USspec models)
Jump starting
How to jump start
Engine overheating
If steam is coming from the engine compartment
If no steam is coming from the engine compartment
Towing and tiedown hooks
Using a flatbed truck
Towing with all wheels on the ground
Rear gate – if the rear gate cannot be opened
Moonroof – if the moonroof cannot be closed

Appearance care
Exterior care
Waxing and polishing
Cleaning aluminum wheels
Corrosion protection
Most common causes of corrosion
To help prevent corrosion
Cleaning the interior
Seat fabric
Leather seat materials
Synthetic leather upholstery
Climate control panel, audio panel, instrument panel, console panel, and switches
Navigation monitor (if equipped)

Maintenance and service
Maintenance schedule
Maintenance precautions
Before checking or servicing in the engine compartment
When you do checking or servicing in the engine compartment while the engine is running
Engine hood
Engine compartment overview
Nonturbo models
Turbo models
Engine oil
Checking the oil level
Changing the oil and oil filter
Recommended grade and viscosity
Recommended grade and viscosity under severe driving conditions
Synthetic oil
Cooling system
Cooling fan, hose and connections
Engine coolant
Air cleaner element
Replacing the air cleaner element
Spark plugs
Recommended spark plugs
Drive belts
Manual transmission oil
Checking the oil level
Recommended grade and viscosity
Automatic transmission fluid
Checking the fluid level
Recommended fluid
Front differential gear oil (AT models)
Checking the oil level
Recommended grade and viscosity
Rear differential gear oil
Checking the gear oil level
Recommended grade and viscosity
Power steering fluid
Checking the fluid level
Recommended fluid
Brake fluid
Checking the fluid level
Recommended brake fluid
Clutch fluid (MT models)
Checking the fluid level
Recommended clutch fluid
Brake booster
Brake pedal
Checking the brake pedal free play
Checking the brake pedal reserve distance
Clutch pedal (MT models)
Checking the clutch function
Checking the clutch pedal free play
Hill start assist system (MT models)
Replacement of brake pad and lining
Breakingin of new brake pads and linings
Parking brake stroke
Tires and wheels
Types of tires
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) (USspec models)
Tire inspection
Tire pressures and wear
Wheel balance
Wear indicators
Tire rotation direction mark
Tire rotation
Tire replacement
Wheel replacement
Wheel covers (if equipped)
Aluminum wheels
Windshield washer fluid
Replacement of wiper blades
Windshield wiper blade assembly
Windshield wiper blade rubber
Rear window wiper blade assembly
Rear window wiper blade rubber
Main fuse
Installation of accessories
Replacing bulbs
Headlights (models with HID headlights)
Headlights (models without HID headlights)
Position light
Front turn signal light
Rear combination lights
License plate light
Dome light, map light, cargo area light and
door step light
Other bulbs

Electrical system
Wheel alignment
Fuses and circuits
Fuse panel located in the passenger compartment
Fuse panel located in the engine compartment
Bulb chart
Vehicle identification

Consumer information and Reporting safety defects
Tire information
Tire labeling
Recommended tire inflation pressure
Glossary of tire terminology
Tire care – maintenance and safety p ractices
Vehicle load limit – how to determine
Determining compatibility of tire and vehicle load capacities
Adverse safety consequences of overloading on handling and stopping and on tires
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
Uniform tire quality grading standards
Traction AA, A, B, C
Temperature A, B, C
Reporting safety defects (USA)

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