Subaru Forester: Maintenance and service / Maintenance precautions

When maintenance and service are required, it is recommended that all work be done by an authorized SUBARU dealer.

If you perform maintenance and service by yourself, you should familiarize yourself with the information provided in this section on general maintenance and service for your SUBARU.

Incorrect or incomplete service could cause improper or unsafe vehicle operation. Any problems caused by improper maintenance and service performed by you are not eligible for warranty coverage.


  • Always select a safe area when performing maintenance on your vehicle.
  • Always be very careful to avoid injury when working on the vehicle. Remember that some of the materials in the vehicle may be hazardous if improperly used or handled, for example, battery acid.
  • Your vehicle should only be serviced by persons fully competent to do so. Serious personal injury may result to persons not experienced in servicing vehicles.
  • Always use the proper tools and make certain that they are well maintained.
  • Never get under the vehicle supported only by a jack. Always use safety stands to support the vehicle.
  • Never keep the engine running in a poorly ventilated area, such as a garage or other closed areas.
  • Do not smoke or allow open flames around the fuel or battery. This will cause a fire.
  • Because the fuel system is under pressure, replacement of the fuel filter should be performed only by your SUBARU dealer.
  • Wear adequate eye protection to guard against getting oil or fluids in your eyes. If something does get in your eyes, thoroughly wash them out with clean water.
  • Do not tamper with the wiring of the SRS airbag system or seatbelt pretensioner system, or attempt to take its connectors apart, as this may activate the system or render it inoperative. NEVER use a circuit tester for this wiring. If your SRS airbag or seatbelt pretensioner needs service, consult your nearest SUBARU dealer.
  • Check the inside of the engine compartment to see if there are any cloths and tools left. If they are left inside, they may be a cause of malfunction and fire.


SUBARU does not endorse the use of non-SUBARU approved flushing systems and strongly advises against performing these services on a SUBARU vehicle. Non-SUBARU approved flushing systems use chemicals and/or solvents which have not been tested or approved by SUBARU. SUBARU warranties do not cover any part of the vehicle which is damaged by adding or applying chemicals and/or solvents other than those approved or recommended by SUBARU.

Maintenance schedule


Before checking or servicing in the engine compartment

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Subaru Forester 2019-2024 Owners Manual: Front turn signal light

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Clock/date screen

Subaru Forester. Clock/date screen

The time and date are displayed. You can adjust the time and date. For details, refer to “Clock”.

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