Subaru Forester: Shift lock function / Shift lock release using the shift lock release button

Perform the following procedure to release the shift lock.

  1. Apply the parking brake and stop the engine.

    Subaru Forester. Shift lock release using the shift lock release button

  2. Wrap the tip of a flat-head screwdriver with vinyl tape or a cloth and use it to remove the shift lock cover. The shift lock release button is located under the shift lock cover.

    Subaru Forester. Shift lock release using the shift lock release button

  3. While depressing the brake pedal, insert a screwdriver into the hole, press the shift lock release button using a screwdriver, and then move the select lever.

If the select lever does not move after performing the above procedure, the shift lock system may be malfunctioning. Contact a SUBARU dealer for an inspection as soon as possible.

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    The outside temperature is displayed on the multi-function display (color LCD).

    NOTE

    The outside temperature indicator shows the temperature around the sensor. However, the temperature may not be indicated correctly or the update may be delayed in the following conditions. While parking or driving at low speeds When the outside temperature changes suddenly (example: when going in and out of an underground parking area or when passing through a tunnel) When starting the engine after being parked for a certain period of time The temperature unit cannot be changed.

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