Subaru Forester: Warning and indicator / ABS warning light

Subaru Forester. ABS warning light


  • If any of the following conditions occur, we recommend that you have the ABS repaired at the first available opportunity by your SUBARU dealer.
    • The warning light does not illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position.
    • The warning light illuminates when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position, but it does not turn off even after the vehicle is started.
    • The warning light illuminates during driving.
  • When the warning light is on (and the brake system warning light is off), the ABS function shuts down. However, the conventional brake system continues to operate normally.

The ABS warning light, Vehicle Dynamics Control warning light, and brake system warning light illuminate simultaneously if the EBD system malfunctions. For further details of the EBD system malfunction warning, refer to “Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system warning”.


If the warning light behavior is as described in the following conditions, the ABS may be considered normal.

  • The warning light illuminates when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position and turns off approximately 2 seconds after the engine has started.
  • The warning light illuminates right after the engine is started but turns off immediately, remaining off.
  • The warning light remains illuminated after the engine has been started, but it turns off while driving.
  • The warning light illuminates during driving, but it turns off immediately and remains off.

When driving with an insufficient battery voltage, such as when the engine is jump started, the ABS warning light may illuminate. This is due to the low battery voltage and does not indicate a malfunction. When the battery becomes fully charged, the light will turn off.

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    Brake system warning light (red)

    This light illuminates with the parking brake applied while the ignition switch is in the “ON” position. It turns off when the parking brake is fully released...

    Other information:

    Subaru Forester 2019-2023 Owners Manual: Except U.S.-spec. models (type B)


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    Outside temperature indicator

    The outside temperature is displayed on the multi-function display (color LCD).


    The outside temperature indicator shows the temperature around the sensor. However, the temperature may not be indicated correctly or the update may be delayed in the following conditions. While parking or driving at low speeds When the outside temperature changes suddenly (example: when going in and out of an underground parking area or when passing through a tunnel) When starting the engine after being parked for a certain period of time The temperature unit cannot be changed.

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