2009 Subaru Outback Owner's Manual

2009 Subaru Outback owners manual
Year:
2009
Make:
Subaru
Model:
Outback
Rating:
(6)

Online manual

Size:
22.31 MB

Table of Contents

Manual seat
29
Power seat
30
Memory function (driver’s seat - if equipped)
31
Head restraint adjustment
33
Active head restraint
33
Lumbar support
34
Seat heater
34
Rear seats
35
Folding down the rear seatback
35
Head restraint adjustment
36
Armrest
38
Loading long objects (Sedan)
38
Seatbelts
39
Seatbelt safety tips
39
Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)
41
Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (A/ELR)
41
Seatbelt warning light and chime
41
Fastening the seatbelt
43
Seatbelt maintenance
49
Front seatbelt pretensioners
50
System monitors
51
System servicing
52
Precautions against vehicle modification
53
Child restraint systems
53
Where to place a child restraint system
55
Choosing a child restraint system
56
Installing child restraint systems with A/ELR seatbelt
56
Installing a booster seat
60
Installation of child restraint systems by use of lower and tether anchorages (LATCH)
61
Top tether anchorages
64
*SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag)
66
Vehicle with SRS airbags and lap/shoulder restraints for driver, front passenger, and window-side rear passengers
66
SUBARU advanced frontal airbag system
71
SRS side airbag and SRS curtain airbag
82
SRS airbag system monitors
89
SRS airbag system servicing
91
Precautions against vehicle modification
92
2. Keys and doors
93
Keys
94
Key number
94
Immobilizer
95
Security ID plate
95
Security indicator light
96
Key replacement
96
Door locks
97
Locking and unlocking from the outside
97
Locking and unlocking from the inside
98
Battery drainage prevention function
98
Power door locking switches
99
Key lock-in prevention function
99
Remote keyless entry system
100
Locking the doors
101
Unlocking the doors
102
Unlocking the trunk lid/rear gate
102
Vehicle finder function
102
Sounding a panic alarm
103
Selecting audible signal operation
103
Replacing the battery
103
Replacing lost transmitters
105
Alarm system
108
System alarm operation
108
Activating and deactivating the alarm system
108
If you have accidentally triggered the alarm system
109
Arming the system
109
Disarming the system
111
Valet mode
111
Passive arming
111
Tripped sensor identification
112
Shock sensors (dealer option)
112
Child safety locks
113
Windows
113
Power windows
113
Trunk lid (Sedan)
116
To open and close the trunk lid from outside
116
To open the trunk lid from inside
116
To lock and unlock the trunk lid release lever
117
Internal trunk lid release handle
117
Rear gate (Station wagon)
119
Moonroof
120
Tilting/sliding moonroof (Sedan)
121
Moonroof (Station wagon)
122
3. Instruments and controls
124
Ignition switch
126
LOCK
126
Acc
127
ON
127
START
127
Key reminder chime
128
Ignition switch light
128
Hazard warning flasher
128
Meters and gauges (vehicle with SI-DRIVE)
128
Combination meter illumination
128
Speedometer
129
Tachometer
129
Fuel gauge
129
Temperature gauge
130
ECO gauge
131
Multi-information display (vehicle with SI-DRIVE)
132
Display
132
Operation switch
132
Odometer and trip meter
133
Current and average fuel consumption
134
Outside temperature and journey time
135
Driving range on remaining fuel
137
Clock (vehicle with genuine SUBARU navigation system)
138
SI-DRIVE display
138
Meter settings
138
Warning messages and driver’s information
143
Meters and gauges (vehicle without SI-DRIVE)
147
Combination meter illumination
147
Canceling the function for meter/gauge needle movement upon turning on the ignition switch
147
Speedometer
147
Odometer
148
Double trip meter
148
Tachometer
149
Fuel gauge
149
Temperature gauge
150
Warning and indicator lights
151
Seatbelt warning light and chime
152
SRS airbag system warning light
153
Front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators
154
CHECK ENGINE warning light/Malfunction indicator lamp
154
Charge warning light
155
Oil pressure warning light
155
AT OIL TEMP warning light (AT models)
156
Low tire pressure warning light (U.S.-spec. models)
156
ABS warning light
157
Brake system warning light
158
Low fuel warning light
159
Door open warning light
159
All-Wheel Drive warning light (AT models)
159
Vehicle Dynamics Control operation indicator light
160
Vehicle Dynamics Control warning light (if equipped)/Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF indicator light
160
Security indicator light
161
SPORT mode indicator light (4-speed AT models)
161
Shift-up indicator light (MT models with SI-DRIVE)
161
Selector lever position indicator (AT models)
162
Gear position indicator (AT models)
162
Selector lever and gear position indicator (AT models)
163
Turn signal indicator lights
163
High beam indicator light
163
Cruise control indicator light
163
Cruise control set indicator light
163
Headlight indicator light
163
Front fog light indicator light
163
Clock (vehicle without genuine SUBARU navigation system)
164
Information display (2.5 L non-turbo model without genuine SUBARU navigation system)
164
Outside temperature indicator
165
Current fuel consumption
166
Average fuel consumption
166
Driving range on remaining fuel
167
Journey time
168
Light control switch
169
Headlights
169
High/low beam change (dimmer)
169
Headlight flasher
170
Daytime running light system
170
Turn signal lever
170
Illumination brightness control
171
Parking light switch
171
Front fog light switch
172
Wiper and washer
172
Windshield wiper and washer switches
174
Rear window wiper and washer switch (Station wagon)
176
Windshield wiper deicer
176
Rear window defogger button
177
Mirrors
179
Inside mirror
179
Auto-dimming mirror/compass
179
Outside mirrors
180
Tilt/telescopic steering wheel
182
Horn
182
4. Climate control
183
Ventilator
184
Air flow selection
184
Center and side ventilators
185
Manual climate control system
185
Control panel
185
Heater operation
187
Air conditioner operation
189
Automatic climate control system
189
Control panel
190
Temperature sensors
193
Operating tips for heater and air conditioner
194
Cleaning ventilator grille
194
Efficient cooling after parking in direct sunlight
194
Lubrication oil circulation in the refrigerant circuit
194
Checking air conditioning system before summer season
194
Cooling and dehumidifying in high humidity and low temperature weather condition
194
Air conditioner compressor shut-off when engine is heavily loaded
194
Refrigerant for your climate control system
194
Air filtration system
195
5. Audio
196
Antenna system
197
Printed antenna
197
FM reception
197
XMTM satellite radio reception
197
Installation of accessories
199
Audio set
200
Type A audio set
200
Type B audio set
201
Power and sound controls
202
Power switch and volume control
202
Tone and balance control
202
FM/AM radio operation
205
FM/AM selection
205
Tuning
205
Station preset
206
Satellite radio operation
207
XMTM satellite radio
207
Sirius satellite radio
207
Satellite radio reception
207
Displaying satellite radio ID of tuner
207
Band selection
207
Channel and category selection
208
Channel preset
209
Display selection
209
CD player operation
210
How to insert a CD (type A)
210
How to insert a CD(s) (type B)
210
How to play back a CD
212
To select a track from its beginning
212
Fast-forwarding and fast-reversing
213
Repeating
214
Random playback
215
Scan
216
Display selection
217
Folder selection
217
How to eject a CD from the player (type A)
218
How to eject CDs from the player (type B)
218
When the following messages are displayed
219
AUX unit operation
220
AUX jack
220
AUX inputs selection button
220
Audio control buttons
221
MODE button
221
Precautions to observe when handling a compact disc
222
6. Interior equipment
224
Interior light
225
Dome light
225
Cargo area light (Station wagon)
225
Map light
226
Sun visors
227
Sun visor extension plate
227
Vanity mirror with light
228
Storage compartment
228
Glove box
228
Center console box
229
Center panel compartment
230
Overhead console
230
Pocket
231
Cup holder
231
Front passenger’s cup holder
231
Rear passenger’s cup holder
232
Accessory power outlets
232
Use with a cigarette lighter (Canada only - if equipped)
233
Ashtray (Canada only - if equipped)
234
Coat hook
235
Rear passenger area
235
Shopping bag hook
236
For Sedan models
236
For Station wagon models
236
Floor mat
236
Cargo area cover
237
Using the cover
237
To remove the cover housing
237
To remove the rear gate board
238
Stowage of the cargo area cover and rear gate board
238
To install the cover housing
239
To install the rear gate board
239
Stowage boxes (Station wagon)
240
Convenient tie-down hooks
240
Under-floor storage compartment
241
HomeLink® Wireless Control System
242
Garage door opener programming in the U.S.A.
243
Programming rolling-code-protected garage door openers in the U.S.A.
244
Programming for entrance gates and garage door openers in Canada
245
Programming other devices
245
Operating the HomeLink® Wireless Control System
245
Reprogramming a single HomeLink® button
245
Erasing HomeLink® button memory
246
In case a problem occurs
246
7. Starting and operating
247
Fuel
249
Fuel requirements
249
Fuel filler lid and cap
251
State emission testing (U.S. only)
253
Preparing to drive
254
Starting the engine
255
Manual transmission vehicle
255
Automatic transmission vehicle
256
Stopping the engine
257
Remote engine start system (dealer option)
257
Starting your vehicle
258
Remote start safety features
258
Entering the vehicle while it is running via remote start
258
Entering the vehicle following remote engine start shutdown
258
Pre-heating or pre-cooling the interior of the vehicle
259
Service mode
259
Remote transmitter programming and programmable feature option
259
System maintenance
260
Manual transmission – 5 speeds
261
Shifting speeds
261
Driving tips
262
Manual transmission – 6 speeds (2.5GT spec.B)
263
Selecting reverse gear
263
Shifting speeds
263
Driving tips
264
Automatic transmission – 4-speed
264
Selector lever
265
Selector lever reverse inhibiting function
266
Selection of manual mode
267
Maximum speeds
268
Driving tips
269
SPORT mode
269
Shift lock release
270
Automatic transmission – 5-speed
270
Selector lever
271
Selector lever reverse inhibiting function
272
Selection of manual mode
273
Maximum speeds
275
Driving tips
275
Shift lock release
276
SI-DRIVE (turbo and 3.0 L models)
277
Intelligent (I) mode
277
Sport (S) mode
278
SI-DRIVE selector
278
Rear viscous limited slip differential (LSD)
279
Power steering
280
Braking
280
Braking tips
280
Brake system
280
Disc brake pad wear warning indicators
281
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
281
ABS system self-check
281
ABS warning light
282
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system
283
Steps to take if EBD system fails
283
Vehicle Dynamics Control system
284
Vehicle Dynamics Control system monitor
286
Vehicle Dynamics Control OFF switch
288
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
289
Parking your vehicle
290
Parking brake
291
Parking tips
291
Cruise control
292
To set cruise control
292
To temporarily cancel the cruise control
293
To turn off the cruise control
294
To change the cruising speed
294
Cruise control indicator light
295
Cruise control set indicator light
296
8. Driving tips
297
New vehicle break-in driving – the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km)
298
Fuel economy hints
298
Engine exhaust gas (carbon monoxide)
299
Catalytic converter
299
Periodic inspections
300
Driving in foreign countries
301
Driving tips for AWD vehicles
301
Off road driving
302
All AWD models except OUTBACK
302
OUTBACK
302
Winter driving
304
Operation during cold weather
304
Driving on snowy and icy roads
305
Corrosion protection
306
Snow tires
307
Tire chains
309
Rocking the vehicle
309
Loading your vehicle
309
Vehicle capacity weight
310
GVWR and GAWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Gross Axle Weight Rating)
311
Roof rail and crossbar
311
Trailer hitch
315
Connecting a trailer
316
When you do not tow a trailer
317
Trailer towing
317
Warranties and maintenance
317
Maximum load limits
318
Trailer hitches
321
Connecting a trailer
322
Trailer towing tips
323
9. In case of emergency
326
If you park your vehicle in an emergency
327
Temporary spare tire
327
Precautions for AWD vehicles with automatic transmission
328
Flat tires
329
Changing a flat tire
329
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
334
Jump starting
335
How to jump start
336
Engine overheating
338
If steam is coming from the engine compartment
338
If no steam is coming from the engine compartment
338
Towing
338
Towing and tie-down hooks
339
Using a flat-bed truck
341
Towing with all wheels on the ground
342
Rear gate (Station wagon) – if the rear gate cannot be unlocked
343
Maintenance tools
343
Jack
343
Jack handle
344
Other maintenance tools
344
10. Appearance care
345
Exterior care
346
Washing
346
Waxing and polishing
347
Cleaning aluminum wheels
347
Corrosion protection
348
Most common causes of corrosion
348
To help prevent corrosion
348
Cleaning the interior
349
Seat fabric
349
Leather seat materials
349
Synthetic leather upholstery
349
Climate control panel, audio panel, instrument panel, console panel, switches, combination meter, and other plastic surface
349
Navigation monitor
350
11. Maintenance and service
351
Maintenance schedule
353
Maintenance precautions
353
Before checking or servicing in the engine compartment
354
When you do checking or servicing in the engine compartment while the engine is running
354
Engine hood
354
Engine compartment overview
356
2.5 L non-turbo models
356
2.5 L turbo models
357
3.0 L models
358
Engine oil
359
Checking the oil level
359
Changing the oil and oil filter
360
Recommended grade and viscosity
362
Recommended grade and viscosity under severe driving conditions
363
Cooling system
364
Cooling fan, hose and connections
364
Engine coolant
364
Air cleaner element
367
Replacing the air cleaner element
368
Spark plugs
370
Recommended spark plugs
370
Drive belts
370
2.5 L models
370
3.0 L models
371
Manual transmission oil
371
Checking the oil level
371
Recommended grade and viscosity
372
Automatic transmission fluid
372
Checking the fluid level
372
Recommended fluid
373
Front differential gear oil (AT models)
374
Checking the oil level
374
Recommended grade and viscosity
375
Rear differential gear oil
375
Checking the gear oil level
375
Recommended grade and viscosity
377
Power steering fluid
377
Checking the fluid level
377
Recommended fluid
378
Brake fluid
378
Checking the fluid level
378
Recommended brake fluid
379
Clutch fluid (MT models)
379
Checking the fluid level
379
Recommended clutch fluid
380
Brake booster
380
Brake pedal
381
Checking the brake pedal free play
381
Checking the brake pedal reserve distance
381
Clutch pedal (MT models)
381
Checking the clutch function
381
Checking the clutch pedal free play
382
Replacement of brake pad and lining
382
Breaking-in of new brake pads and linings
382
Parking brake stroke
383
Tires and wheels
383
Types of tires
383
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
384
Tire inspection
385
Tire pressures and wear
386
Wheel balance
388
Wear indicators
388
Tire rotation direction mark
388
Tire rotation
389
Tire replacement
389
Wheel replacement
390
Aluminum wheels
390
Windshield washer fluid
391
Replacement of wiper blades
392
Windshield wiper blade assembly
392
Windshield wiper blade rubber
393
Rear window wiper blade assembly
394
Rear window wiper blade rubber
395
Battery
396
Fuses
397
Main fuse
399
Installation of accessories
399
Replacing bulbs
400
Headlight
401
Front turn signal/Parking and front side marker light
403
Front fog light
403
Rear combination lights
403
Back-up light (Station wagon)
406
License plate light
406
Dome light
407
Map light
407
Vanity mirror light
408
Door step light
408
Cargo area light (Station wagon)
409
Trunk light (Sedan)
409
High mount stop light (Sedan)
409
12. Specifications
410
Specifications
411
Dimensions
411
Engine
412
Electrical system
412
Capacities
413
Tires
414
Wheel alignment
414
Fuses and circuits
415
Fuse panel located in the passenger compartment
415
Fuse panel located in the engine compartment
417
Bulb chart
418
Vehicle identification
420
13. Consumer information and Reporting safety defects
421
For U.S.A.
422
Tire information
422
Tire labeling
422
Recommended tire inflation pressure
425
Glossary of tire terminology
426
Tire care – maintenance and safety practices
427
Vehicle load limit – how to determine
428
Determining compatibility of tire and vehicle load capacities
431
Adverse safety consequences of overloading on handling and stopping and on tires
431
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
431
Uniform tire quality grading standards
432
Treadwear
432
Traction AA, A, B, C
432
Temperature A, B, C
433
Reporting safety defects (USA)
433
14. Index
435

FAQ about the 2009 Subaru Outback Manual

What contains the 2009 Outback manual?

The Subaru Outback owner's manual is a comprehensive guide provided by Subaru to assist owners in understanding and operating their specific model of the Subaru Outback. It contains important information about the vehicle's features, functions, and maintenance requirements. A general overview of what you might find in a Subaru Outback 2009 owner's manual:

  • Basic operations, like starting and stopping the engine and driver settings
  • Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Maintenance, for basic maintenance tasks that Subaru Outback owners can do
  • Environmental Information about environmentally-friendly driving practices
  • Customer Assistance, with contact information for customer support
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues

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