Spring 2008 Forward to a Friend





Power-Steering Fluid  •  April Is National Car Care Month  •  Towing with Tribeca
Manual Removal of Improperly Inserted Discs  •  Anti-lock Braking System Driving Tips


Image of woman driving


POWER-STEERING FLUID

Question: I’m the original owner of a 2000 Outback. Power-steering fluid is a bit low, and I want to top it off. The Owner’s Manual says to use Dexron® IIE or III Automatic Transmission Fluid. Is this right?

Answer: Your Owner’s Manual is correct. The two products – steering fluid and automatic transmission fluid – are the same. Subaru recommends Genuine Subaru Factory Fill ATF and P/S Fluid, which meets Subaru original specifications.

BACK TO TOP



APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH

Twice a year (April and October), National Car Care Month reminds you of the importance of regularly scheduled maintenance. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape contributes to efficient operation, improved safety, and enhanced comfort. Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) endorses National Car Care Month and encourages owners to visit their Subaru dealers. Watch for coupons and special offers.

Why go to a Subaru dealership for service? There you’ll find factory-trained and certified technicians who know Subaru vehicles. They have full support from SOA, including the latest service bulletins, access to the Subaru National Technical Support Line, the wireless Subaru Diagnostic System, and proprietary/special tools and equipment. In addition, these technicians use Genuine Subaru Parts, which are manufactured specifically for your Subaru vehicle.

BACK TO TOP



TOWING WITH TRIBECA

Towing capacity for Tribeca can be expanded from the standard 2,000 pounds to 3,500 pounds by fitting it with a Subaru accessory towing kit. It includes a hitch, parts required for installation and easy use, and an auxiliary transmission oil cooler. Have a trained Subaru professional install accessory parts.

The kit includes a special “Y” frame hitch created by Subaru engineers, wiring harnesses, plugs, ball mount, ball connection bar, connection pin, and hitch end cap. The Subaru accessory hitch is the only one designed to perform to original vehicle specifications in a rear impact.

The transmission oil cooler helps reduce oil temperature to assist in preventing transmission damage under extreme towing conditions.

BACK TO TOP



MANUAL REMOVAL OF IMPROPERLY INSERTED DISCS(2008 and newer Impreza and 2009 and newer Forester models)

Improper insertion of navigation discs in these Subaru vehicles during initialization may cause the eject function not to operate. Similar ejection problems can occur with DVD/CD discs as well. If so, the eject process must be done manually.

Note: The following instructions are NOT in your Owner’s Manual.

To manually eject the Map Disc:

  1. Press the TILT button to expose the DVD and Map Disc insert slots
  2. Once the front screen is fully open, press and hold in the upper right-hand corner of the touch screen until the disc is ejected (about five seconds)

To manually eject DVD/CD discs:

  1. Press and hold the TILT button to expose the DVD and Map Disc insert slots; keep holding the TILT button until the screen is fully open and the disc begins to eject
BACK TO TOP



ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM DRIVING TIPS

Do:

  • Keep your foot on the brake – with firm and continuous pressure
  • Allow enough distance for stopping
  • Practice driving with ABS
  • Consult the vehicle owner’s manual for instructions

Don’t:

  • Drive an ABS-equipped vehicle more aggressively than vehicles without ABS
  • Pump the brakes
  • Forget to steer
  • Be alarmed by mechanical noises and/or slight pedal pulsations while braking
BACK TO TOP