Subaru Forester: Rear gate / Operation

NOTE

  • The rear gate will remain unlocked even after closing it. Always lock the rear gate when leaving the vehicle.
  • If you cannot open/close the rear gate by performing the operation described here, a short electronic chirp will sound three times (beep, beep, beep).

By the power rear gate button (other than the buttons on the rear gate)

Subaru Forester. Operation

Power rear gate button on the instrument panel

Subaru Forester. Operation

Power rear gate button on the access key fob

Subaru Forester. Operation

Power rear gate button on the transmitter

To open the rear gate:

Press and hold the power rear gate button when the rear gate is closed. The rear gate will open automatically. Then an electronic chirp and the hazard warning flashers will operate as follows:

  • When operating the power rear gate button on the instrument panel/transmitter: sounds and flashes twice.
  • When operating the power rear gate button on the access key fob: sounds and flashes four times.

NOTE

  • While the rear gate is locked, you cannot open the rear gate by operating the power rear gate button on the instrument panel. In such a case, unlock the rear gate before operating the power rear gate button.
  • The factory setting (default setting) of the operation for the Subaru Forester. Operation button on the access key fob or the transmitter is pressing and holding. This setting can be changed to non-operation or pressing twice at SUBARU dealers. For more details, contact a SUBARU dealer.

To pause the opening rear gate:

Briefly press the power rear gate button while the rear gate is being opened. Then an electronic chirp will sound twice and the hazard warning flashers will flash twice.

If you press the power rear gate button again, the rear gate will close.

You can open the rear gate by pressing the power rear gate button briefly while the rear gate is being closed.

NOTE

Subaru Forester. Operation

The rear gate cannot be paused when it is in the approximately 2 in (5 cm) range from the fully closed position. The system will ignore any button operation and the rear gate will continue to open.

To close the rear gate:

Press and hold the power rear gate button. Then an electronic chirp will sound twice and the hazard warning flashers will flash twice. If you briefly press the power rear gate button again, the rear gate will open.

NOTE

The factory setting (default setting) of the operation for the Subaru Forester. Operation button on the access key fob or the transmitter is pressing and holding. This setting can be changed to non-operation or pressing twice at SUBARU dealers. For more details, contact a SUBARU dealer.

By the buttons on the rear gate

NOTE

After performing the following procedures, an electronic chirp will sound twice and the hazard warning flashers will flash twice.

Subaru Forester. Operation

Rear gate opener button

Subaru Forester. Operation

Power rear gate button on the inside edge of the rear gate

  1. Power rear gate button
  2. Power rear gate lock button (if equipped)

To open the rear gate:

  1. For models with “keyless access with push-button start system”, carry the access key fob. For models without “keyless access with push-button start system”, unlock the rear gate.
  2.  Briefly press the rear gate opener button when the rear gate is closed.

The rear gate will open automatically.

To pause the opening rear gate:

Briefly press either of the following buttons while the rear gate is being opened.

  • Rear gate opener button
  • Power rear gate button on the inside edge of the rear gate

If you press the power rear gate button again, the rear gate will close. You can open the rear gate by pressing the power rear gate button briefly while the rear gate is being closed.

NOTE

Subaru Forester. Operation

The rear gate cannot be paused when it is in the approximately 2 in (5 cm) range from the fully closed position. The system will ignore any button operation and the rear gate will continue to open.

To close the rear gate:

Briefly press either of the following buttons.

  • Rear gate opener button
  • Power rear gate button on the inside edge of the rear gate

If you press the power rear gate button again, the rear gate will open.

To Lock the doors using the power rear gate lock button:

Carry the access key fob, and press the power rear gate lock button. All doors, the rear gate and the fuel filler lid are locked, and the rear gate will be closed. Also, the hazard warning flashers will flash once, and an electronic chirp will sound once.

NOTE

  • By pushing the power rear gate lock button for more than 2 seconds, all doors are locked, however, the auto door closing function of the rear gate will be canceled.
  • If any of the doors is not fully closed, the outside warning chime sounds five times to alert you that the doors are not properly closed.

By manual operation

To open the rear gate:

Lift up the rear gate, when the rear gate at midway position. The rear gate will open automatically.

To close the rear gate:

Pull down the rear gate when the rear gate is opened. The rear gate will close automatically.

NOTE

  • If the rear gate is moved slowly, it may not operate automatically open or close.
  • When leaving the vehicle, make sure that all doors and the rear gate are completely locked.

Power rear gate (if equipped)

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Manual operation

NOTE Using the power rear gate operation is recommended. Manual operation will require physical effort. The power rear gate can be closed manually. Refer to “Manual rear gate”...

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