Vehicle Maintenance

Protecting Your Investment

Remember how excited you were when you first drove your new Subaru? Remember how proud you were to show it off to friends? That excitement and pride were well warranted, as, next to a home, a vehicle is the biggest investment most people make - and maintenance is the key to protecting that investment. While adhering to the Scheduled Maintenance Guide is an essential part of the proper maintenance of your Subaru, there are other ways to help keep your Subaru looking and running like new. From simple do-it-yourself maintenance to the Six Star Service offered by the certified Subaru factory-trained technicians at your local Subaru Dealer, it has never been easier to prolong the life of your Subaru.

Take care and enjoy the ride

For most people, a vehicle is a significant investment–it's often second only to purchasing a home. So it makes sense that you would want to do everything in your power to preserve that investment. Luckily, there's a very easy way to care for your Subaru: Simply follow the steps prescribed by your Subaru Maintenance Guide.

When you bring your vehicle to a certified Subaru service centre for regular maintenance by Subaru factory-trained technicians, you benefit in many ways. You keep your vehicle operating at peak efficiency, thereby achieving reduced emissions, improved performance and optimum fuel economy. You can prevent larger and more expensive repairs down the road. You preserve your warranty coverage. You boost your vehicle's resale value and can also extend its life considerably. The lesson here: Take good care of your Subaru and it will take good care of you, providing many years of confident and carefree motoring. More than 95% of the Subaru vehicles sold in Canada over the last 10 years are still on the road today†–by simply following the guidelines set out in the Subaru Maintenance Guide, you could add your Subaru to this collection.

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Tech Tips: What does it all mean?


SRS airbag system warning light

Indicates that airbags and/or seat belt pre-tensionners are not functioning properly and should be checked immediately.


Check engine warning light/malfunction indicator lamp

Indicates a problem with the emission control system. If the light comes on solid, you can drive for a period of time (this could also be due to a loose or missing fuel cap, please refer to your owner's manual). If the light flashes, stop the vehicle as soon as you can safely do so and have the vehicle towed to the closest Subaru Dealership.


Change warning light

The charging system is not working properly; stop the vehicle as soon as you can safely do so. Have your vehicle checked/repaired immediately.


Oil pressure warning lamp

Indicates low oil level or low oil pressure; stop your vehicle as soon as you can safely do so and immediately stop the engine. Have your vehicle towed to the closest Subaru dealership.


ABS warning light

The ABS system is not functioning properly; have the ABS system repaired as soon as possible. Regular braking is still available.


Automatic transmission oil temperature warning light

If the light comes on while driving, it may indicate that the automatic transmission fluid is too hot; avoid steep grades or stop-and-go traffic. If the light flashes at start-up, it may indicate a problem in the control system; service as soon as possible.


Brake system warning light

1) The parking brake is engaged. 2) The brake system may not be working properly. 3) The brake fluid level is low. If the parking brake is in the off position and the brake fluid level is correct have the brake system inspected immediately.


Seatbelt icon image

Indicates that the driver or front passenger is not wearing their seatbelt. For safety's sake, all occupants should always wear their seatbelts.


Passenger side airbag icon

New for 2005 Legacy & Outback models are smart airbags. A weight sensing system in the passenger seat will turn the airbag "Off" or "On" according to the weight on the seat. If the icon shows the airbag with an X across it, there is not sufficient weight in the seat to activate the system. If the icon shows the airbag without an X across it, the airbag will deploy in the event of a frontal crash of adequate severity.


Refer to your owner's manual for more information.

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