Subaru Outback manuals

Subaru Outback: Brake booster

If the brake booster does not operate as described in the following procedure, have it checked by your SUBARU dealer.

1. With the engine off, depress the brake pedal several times, applying the same pedal force each time. The distance the pedal travels should not vary.

2. With the brake pedal depressed, start the engine. The pedal should move slightly down to the floor.

3. With the brake pedal depressed, stop the engine and keep the pedal depressed for 30 seconds. The pedal height should not change.

4. Start the engine again and run for approximately 1 minute then turn it off. Depress the brake pedal several times to check the brake booster. The brake booster operates properly if the pedal stroke decreases with each depression.


When you depress the brake pedal strongly or suddenly, the following phenomena occur. However, even though these occur, they do not indicate any malfunctions, and the brake assist system is operating properly.

● You might feel that the brake pedal is applied by lighter force and generates a greater braking force.

● You might hear the sound of ABS operating from the engine compartment. Brake assist is not a system that brings more braking ability to the vehicle beyond its breaking capability.


 Brake pedal

Check the brake pedal free play and reserve distance according to the maintenance schedule in the “Warranty and Maintenance Booklet”.

 Checking the brake pedal free play

1) 0.08 – 0.18 in (2 – 5 mm) Stop the engine and firmly depress the brake pedal several times. Lightly pull the brake pedal up with one finger to check the free play with a force of less than

 Checking the brake pedal reserve distance

1) More than 2.56 in (65 mm) Depress the pedal with a force of approximately 66 lbf (294 N, 30 kgf) and measure the distance between the upper surface of the pedal pad and the floor. When the me


 DTC 71, 72, 75, 76, 7A, 7B, 7D, 7E, 91, 92, 95, 96, 9A, 9B, 9D, 9E, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, AA, AB, AC, AD, BB

AV:DTC 71 DRIVER'S AIRBAG FAILURE NOTE: Be sure to properly identify the Airbag system type prior to performing any diagnostics. 1. TYPE A DTC DETECTING CONDITION: Airbag main harness circuit is open, shorted or shorted to ground. Airbag module harness (Driver's side) circuit is open, shorted or

 Parking tips

When parking your vehicle, always perform the following items. ● Apply the parking brake. ● For MT models, put the shift lever in the “1” (1st) for upgrade or “R” (Reverse) for a downgrade. ● For AT and CVT models, put the select lever in the “P” (Park) position. N

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