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New Subaru Break-in Period and Driving Information

New Subaru Break-in Driving ( for the first 1,000 miles)


The performance and long life of your vehicle are dependent on how you handle and care for your vehicle while it is new. Follow these instructions during the first 1,000 miles (1,600km):


Do not race the engine. And do not allow engine speed to exceed 4,000 rpm except in an emergency.


Do not drive at one constant engine or vehicle speed for a long time, either fast or slow.


Avoid starting suddenly and rapid acceleration, except in an emergency.


Avoid hard braking, except in an emergency.


The same break-in procedures should be applied to an overhauled engine, newly mounted engine or when brake pads or brake linings are replaced with new ones.


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Getting the Most Fuel Economy Out of Your New Subaru:


The following suggestions will help to save fuel:


1. Select the proper gear position for the speed and road conditions.


2. Avoid sudden accelerations or deceleration. Always accelerate gently until you reach the desired speed. Then try to maintain that speed for as long as possible.


3. Do not pump the accelerator and avoid racing the engine.


4. Avoid unnecessary engine idling.


5. Keep the engine properly tuned.


6. Keep the tires inflated to the correct pressure shown on the tire placard, which is located under the door latch on the driver's side.  Low pressure will increase tire wear and fuel consumption.


7. Use the air conditioner only when necessary.


8. keep the front and rear wheels in proper alignment.


9. Avoid carrying unnecessary luggage or cargo.






Driving Tips for All Wheel Drive Subaru Models

1. Always maintain a safe driving speed according to the road and weather conditions in order to avoid having an accident on a sharp turn, during sudden braking or under other similar conditions.


2. Always use the utmost care in driving--overconfidence because you are driving an AWD Subaru vehicle could lead to a serious accident.


3. When replacing a tire, you must use a tire that is the same size, circumference, construction, brand (tread pattern), speed symbol, and load index as the original tires listed on the tire placard. Using tires of other sizes, circumferences, or constructions may result in severe mechanical damage to the drive train of your vehicle and may affect ride, handling, braking, speedometer/odometer calibration, and clearance between the body and tires. It also may be dangerous and lead to loss of vehicle control. 


4. You must install four tires that are the same size, circumference, construction, manufacturer, brand (tread pattern), degree of wear, speed symbol and load index.  Mixing tires of other sizes, circumferences, or construction may result in severe mechanical damage to the drive train of your vehicle and may affect ride, handling, braking, and speedometer/odometer calibration. It also may be dangerous and lead to loss of vehicle control.


Caution:

If you use a temporary spare tire to replace a flat tire, be sure to use the original temporary spare tire stored in the vehicle. Using other sizes may result in severe mechanical damage to the drive train of your vehicle.


All Wheel Drive distributes the engine power to all four wheels. AWD models provide better traction when driving on slippery, wet or snow-covered roads and when moving out of mud, dirt, and sand.  By shifting power between the front and rear wheels, SUBARU AWD can also provide added traction during acceleration and added engine braking force during deceleration.


Therefore, your SUBARU AWD vehicle may handle differently than an ordinary two-wheel drive vehicle and it contains some features unique to AWD. For safety purposes as well as to avoid damaging the AWD system, you should keep the following tips in mind:


1. An AWD model is better able to climb steeper roads under snowy or slippery conditions than a two wheel drive vehicle.  There is little difference in handling, however, during extremely sharp turns or sudden braking. Therefore, when driving down a slope or turning corners, be sure to reduce your speed and maintain ample distance from other vehicles.


2. Always check the cold tire pressure before starting to drive.  The recommended tire pressure is provided on the tire placard, which is located under the door latch on the driver's side.


3. There are some precautions that you must observe when towing your vehicle. For detailed information, refer to the section "Towing" in your vehicle's Owner's Manual.



To learn more on how Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive Works, click here. 



The following excerpt is from the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Owner's Manual. Since the manual is shared with the Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STi, and BRZ, there are warnings and cautions about taking these models off-road. Please read all instructions and warnings and use common sense when operating any vehicle.

 Off Road Driving

WARNING!

Always maintain a safe driving speed according to the road and weather conditions in order to avoid having an accident on a sharp turn, during sudden braking, or under other similar conditions.


Always use the utmost care in driving--overconfidence because you are driving an All Wheel Drive Vehicle could easily lead to a serious accident.


Subaru Models Except XV Crosstrek:

Your AWD vehicle is neither a conventional off road vehicle, nor an all terrain vehicle. It is a passenger car designed primarily for on-road use. The AWD feature gives it some limited off-road capabilities in situations in which the driving surface is relatively level, obstruction-free, and otherwise similar to on-road driving conditions. Operating it under other than those conditions could subject the vehicle to excessive stress which might result in damage NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REPAIR UNDER WARRANTY.


If you do take your Subaru off road, you should review the common sense precautions in the next section (applicable to the XV Crosstrek Models) for general guidance. But please keep in mind that your vehicle's off road capabilities are more limited than those of the XV Crosstrek Models.


NEVER attempt to drive through pools and puddles, or roads flooded with water. Water entering the engine air intake or the exhaust pipe or water splashing onto electrical parts may damage your vehicle and may cause it to stall.


This is the fun part: Driving Your Subaru XV Crosstrek Off-Road:



 

Because of the AWD feature and higher ground clearance, your SUBARU can be driven on ordinary roads or off-road.  But please keep in mind that an AWD SUBARU is a passenger car and is neither a conventional off-road vehicle nor an all-terrain vehicle. If you do take your Subaru offroad, certain common sense precautions such as those in the following list should be taken:


1. Make certain that you and all of your passengers are wearing seatbelts.


2. Carry some emergency equipment, such as a towing rope or chain, a shovel, wheel blocks, first aid kit and cell phone, or CB Radio.


3. Drive carefully. Do not take unnecessary risks by driving in dangerous areas or over rough terrain.


4. Slow down and employ extra caution at all times. When driving off road, you will not have the benefit of marked traffic lanes, banked curves, traffic signs and the like.


5. Do not drive across steep slopes. Instead drive either straight up or straight down the slopes. A vehicle can much more easily tip over sideways than it can end over end. Avoid driving straight up or down slopes that are too steep.


6. Avoid sharp turning maneuvers, especially at higher speeds.


7. Do not grip the inside or spokes of the steering wheel. A bad bump could jerk the wheel and injure your hands. Instead, drive with your fingers and thumbs on the outside of the rim.

 



8. If driving through water, such as when crossing shallow streams, first check the depth of the water and the bottom of the stream bed for firmness and ensure that the bed of the stream is flat. Drive slowly and cross the stream without stopping. The water should be shallow enough that it does not reach the vehicle's under-carriage. Water entering the engine air intake or exhaust pipe or water splashing onto electrical parts may damage the vehicle and may cause it to stall.  Never attempt to drive through rushing water; regardless of its depth, it can wash away the ground from under your tires, resulting in possible loss of traction and even vehicle rollover.


9. Always check your brakes for effectiveness immediately after driving in sand, mud, or water. Do this by driving slowly and stepping on the brake pedal. Repeat that process several times to dry out the brake discs and brake pads.


10. Do not drive or park over or near flammable materials such as dry grass or fallen leaves, as they may burn easily. The exhaust system is very hot while the engine is running and right after engine stops. This could create a fire hazard.


11. After driving through tall grass, mud, rocks, sand, rivers, etc. Check that there is no grass, bush, paper, rags, stones, sand, etc. adhering to or trapped on the underbody. Clear off any such matter from the underbody. If the vehicle is used with these materials trapped or adhering to the underbody, a mechanical breakdown or fire could occur.


12. Secure all cargo carried inside the vehicle and make certain that it is not piled higher than the setbacks. During sudden stops or jolts, unsecured cargo could be thrown around in the vehicle and cause injury. Do not pile heavy loads on the roof. Those loads raise the vehicle's center of gravity and make it more prone to tip over.


13. If you must rock the vehicle to free it from sand or mud, depress the accelerator pedal slightly and move the shift lever/select lever back and forth between "1"/  "D" and "R" repeatedly. Do not race the engine. For best possible traction, avoid spinning the wheels when trying to free the vehicle.


14. Never equip your vehicle with tires larger than those specified in your OWNER'S MANUAL.


15. Wash the vehicle's underbody after off-road driving.  Suspension components are particularly prone to dirt buildup, so they need to be washed thoroughly.


16. Frequent driving of an AWD vehicle under hard-driving conditions such as rough roads or off roads will necessitate more frequent replacement of engine oil, brake fluid, and transmission oil than that specified in the maintenance schedule as described in the "Warranty and Maintenance Booklet" accompanying your SUBARU OWNER'S MANUAL.


Remember that damage done to your SUBARU while operating it off-road and not using common sense precautions such as those listed above is NOT ELIGIBLE FOR WARRANTY COVERAGE. For more on Subaru Warranties , see our Warranty Information Page. 





Information on this page is taken directly from the 2013 XV Crosstrek Owner's Manual . You can find all Subaru Owner's Manuals available as PDF files from Subaru of America's website: www.Subaru.com  under For Owners>Resources> Subaru Owner Resource Center.  

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