Subaru Forester: Connecting a trailer / Trailer brakes

WARNING

  • Adequate size trailer brakes are required when the trailer and its cargo exceed 1,000 lbs (453 kg) total weight.
  • Do not directly connect your trailer’s hydraulic brake system to the hydraulic brake system in your vehicle. Direct connection would cause the vehicle’s brake performance to deteriorate and could lead to an accident.

If your trailer’s total weight (trailer weight plus its cargo weight) exceeds 1,000 lbs (453 kg), the trailer is required to be equipped with its own brake system. Electric brakes or surge brakes are recommended, and must be installed properly. Check that your trailer’s brakes conform with Federal, state/province and/or other applicable regulations. Your SUBARU’s brake system is not designed to be tapped into the trailer’s hydraulic brake system. Please ask your SUBARU dealer and professional trailer supplier for more information about the trailer’s brake system.

    Connecting a trailer

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    Trailer safety chains

    WARNING Always use safety chains between your vehicle and the trailer. Towing trailer without safety chains could create a traffic safety hazard if the trailer separates from the hitch due to coupling damage or hitch ball damage...

    Other information:

    Subaru Forester 2019-2022 Owners Manual: Tongue load


    Tongue load Ensure that the trailer tongue load is from 8 to 11% of the total trailer weight and does not exceed the maximum value of 150 lbs (68 kg). Jack Bathroom scale The tongue load can be weighed with a bathroom scale as shown in the illustration above...

    Subaru Forester 2019-2022 Owners Manual: Catalytic converter


    The catalytic converter is installed in the exhaust system. It serves as a catalyst to reduce HC, CO and NOx in exhaust gases, thus providing cleaner exhaust. To avoid damage to the catalytic converter: Use only unleaded fuel. Even a small amount of leaded fuel will damage the catalytic converter...

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    Outside temperature indicator

    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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