Subaru Forester: Trailer towing tips / Driving on grades

  • Before going down a steep hill, slow down and shift to a lower gear (if necessary, use 1st gear) in order to utilize the engine braking effect and prevent overheating of your vehicle’s brakes. Do not make sudden downshifts.
  • When driving uphill in hot weather, the air conditioner may turn off automatically to protect the engine from overheating.
  • When driving uphill in hot weather, pay attention to the following indicators because the engine and transmission are relatively prone to overheating.

Subaru Forester. Driving on grades: Coolant temperature high warning light

Subaru Forester. Driving on grades : AT OIL TEMP warning light

If the coolant temperature high warning light and/or the AT OIL TEMP warning light illuminates, immediately turn off the air conditioner and stop the vehicle in the nearest safe location. For further instructions and additional information, refer to the following sections.

  • “If you park your vehicle in case of an emergency”
  • “Engine overheating”
  • “Coolant temperature low indicator light/Coolant temperature high warning light”
  • “AT OIL TEMP warning light”
  • Avoid using the accelerator pedal to stay stationary on an uphill slope instead of using the parking brake or foot brake. That may cause the transmission fluid to overheat.

    Driving with a trailer

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    Parking on a grade

    Always block the wheels under both vehicle and trailer when parking. Apply the parking brake firmly. You should not park on a hill or slope. If parking on a hill or slope cannot be avoided, you should take the following steps: Apply the brakes and hold the pedal down...

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    Subaru Forester 2019-2022 Owners Manual: Precautions and tips


    CAUTION Use of any lights for a long period of time while the engine is not running can cause the battery to discharge. Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the lights are turned off. If the vehicle is left unattended for a long time with the lights illuminated, the battery may be discharged...

    Subaru Forester 2019-2022 Owners Manual: Engine low oil level warning light


    This light illuminates when the engine oil level decreases to the lower limit. If the warning light illuminates, check the engine oil level on a level surface. When the engine oil level is not within the normal range, refill with engine oil. Refer to “Engine oil”...

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    Average vehicle speed

    Subaru Forester. Average vehicle speed

    When units in miles is selected When units in km is selected

    This display shows the average vehicle speed since the trip meter was last reset. Pressing the TRIP RESET switch toggles the display between the average vehicle speed corresponding to the A trip meter display and the average vehicle speed corresponding to the B trip meter display. When either of the trip meter displays is reset, the corresponding average vehicle speed value is also reset.

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