Summer 2002 Forward to a Friend

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we suggest that you take a few minutes to review the many safety features explained in your owner’s manual. There’s information ranging from seatbelt safety to installing child restraint devices.

We know many of our owners purchased their Subaru vehicle to enjoy the confidence and control of the Subaru All-Wheel Driving system. Subaru vehicles are rugged and reliable, but here are a few tips about AWD that can help you and your Subaru start and maintain a long-term, meaningful relationship.

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AVOID AWD OVER-CONFIDENCE. Full-Time AWD gives you superior traction in just about any driving situation. However, remember to use common sense. Black ice can be a problem even with AWD. During inclement weather, always reduce your speed and maintain an ample distance from other vehicles.

TOWING. As a rule of thumb, do not tow an All-Wheel Drive vehicle with any wheels on the ground. Instead, tow the vehicle on a trailer or flatbed truck with all four wheels off the ground and the transmission in Park. If you have a manual transmission model, you can tow it with all four wheels on the ground in neutral, or with all four wheels off the ground on a trailer or flatbed truck with the transmission in gear and the parking brake applied. Never attempt towing with only two wheels on the ground or two wheels on a dolly.

STATE EMISSION TESTING. Your All-Wheel Drive Subaru must never be tested on a two-wheel dynamometer. States using a two-wheel dynamometer will exempt Full-Time AWD vehicles, including your Subaru, from that portion of the test or offer an alternative. Four-wheel dynamometer testing is approved for Subaru Full-Time AWD models. Your dealer can be a good source of information regarding emission testing for your state.


WATCH THOSE BOOTS! The Constant Velocity Joint and Double Offset Joint boots on the axle shafts are important to protect your All-Wheel Driving system. Dirt, moisture and road debris can get into broken, torn or split boots and can damage the axle shafts, Constant Velocity Joints and Double Offset Joints. Make sure your dealer checks the boots every time you bring your vehicle in for service.

In general, common sense applies. Before you start driving, familiarize yourself with all controls and correctly set your rear- and side-view mirrors. While driving, minimize distractions – including talking on cell phones. Finally, please check your road map before getting into traffic, so you and your Subaru arrive safely at every destination.