Subaru Forester: Fuel filler lid and cap / Refueling

Only one person should be involved in refueling. Do not allow others to approach the area of the vehicle near the fuel filler pipe while refueling is in progress.

Be sure to observe any other precautions that are posted at the service station.

  1. To unlock the fuel filler lid, perform one of the operations below.
    • Press the unlock/disarm button on the key fob.
    • Press the unlock side of the power door locking switch.
    • Turn the ignition switch to “ACC” or “LOCK”/“OFF”.
  2. Push the rear side of the fuel filler lid.
  3. The fuel filler lid opens automatically. Open it further by hand.


    Before opening the fuel filler cap, first touch the vehicle body or a metal portion of the fuel pump or similar object to discharge any static electricity that may be present on your body. If your body is carrying an electrostatic charge, there is a possibility that an electric spark could ignite the fuel, which could burn you. To avoid acquiring a new static electric charge, do not get back into the vehicle while refueling is in progress.

    Subaru Forester. Refueling

    1. Open
    2. Close
  4. Remove the fuel filler cap by turning it slowly counterclockwise.


    • Gasoline vapor is highly flammable. Before refueling, always turn the ignition switch to the “LOCK”/“OFF” position first and then close all vehicle doors and windows. Make sure that there are no lighted cigarettes, open flames or electrical sparks in the adjacent area. Only handle fuel outdoors. Quickly wipe up any spilled fuel.
    • When opening the cap, grasp it firmly and turn it slowly to the left. Do not remove the cap quickly. Fuel may be under pressure and spray out of the fuel filler neck, especially in hot weather. If you hear a hissing sound while you are removing the cap, wait for the sound to stop and then slowly open the cap to prevent fuel from spraying out and creating a fire hazard.

    Subaru Forester. Refueling

  5. Set the fuel filler cap on the cap holder inside the fuel filler lid.


    • When refueling, insert the fuel nozzle securely into the fuel filler pipe. If the nozzle is lifted or not fully inserted, its automatic stopping mechanism may not function, causing fuel to overflow the tank and creating a fire hazard.
    • Stop refueling when the automatic stop mechanism on the fuel nozzle activates. If you continue to add fuel, temperature changes or other conditions may cause fuel to overflow from the tank and create a fire hazard.
  6. Stop filling the tank after the fuel filler pump automatically stops. Do not add any more fuel.
  7. Put the cap back on and turn it clockwise until you hear a clicking noise. Be certain not to catch the tether under the cap while tightening.


    Make sure that the cap is tightened until it clicks to prevent fuel spillage in the event of an accident.

  8. Close the fuel filler lid completely.


If you spill any fuel on the painted surface, rinse it off immediately. Otherwise, the painted surface could be damaged.


  • You will see the Subaru Forester. Refueling sign in the fuel gauge. This indicates that the fuel filler door (lid) is located on the right side of the vehicle.
  • If the fuel filler cap is not tightened until it clicks or if the tether is caught under the cap, the CHECK ENGINE warning light/malfunction indicator light may illuminate. Refer to “CHECK ENGINE warning light/Malfunction indicator light”.
  • To lock the fuel filler lid, perform one of the operations below. However if these operations are performed when the fuel filler lid is open, the fuel filler lid will not lock when it is subsequently closed.
    • Press the lock/arm button on the key fob.
    • Press the lock side of the power door locking switch.
  • When the doors are locked or unlocked using the automatic door lock system, the fuel filler lid will be locked or unlocked at the same time.


  • Never add any cleaning agents to the fuel tank. The addition of a cleaning agent may cause damage to the fuel system.
  • After refueling, turn the cap to the right until it clicks to ensure that it is fully tightened. If the cap is not securely tightened, fuel may leak out while the vehicle is being driven or fuel spillage could occur in the event of an accident, creating a fire hazard.
  • Do not let fuel spill on the exterior surfaces of the vehicle. Because fuel may damage the paint, be sure to wipe off any spilled fuel quickly. Paint damage caused by spilled fuel is not covered under the SUBARU Limited Warranty.
  • Always use a genuine SUBARU fuel filler cap. If you use the wrong cap, it may not fit or have proper venting and your fuel tank and emission control system may be damaged. It could also lead to fuel spillage and a fire.
  • Immediately put fuel in the tank whenever the low fuel warning light illuminates. Engine misfires as a result of an empty tank could cause damage to the engine. Continuing to operate your vehicle at an extremely low fuel level may result in a reduction of engine performance.

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