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 2019-2021 Owners Manual: Stowage of the cargo area cover


    The cargo area cover can be stowed in under the cargo floor. Pull the strap to open the center part of the cargo floor lid, and then remove the lid. Remove the left and right parts of the cargo floor lid. Stow the cover housing in the cargo area end...

    Subaru Forester 2019-2021 Owners Manual: Vehicle load limit – how to determine


    The load capacity of your vehicle is determined by weight, not by available cargo space. The load limit of your vehicle is shown on the vehicle placard attached to the driver’s side door pillar. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs” on your vehicle’s placard...

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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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