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Understanding the ABS Warning Light in Your Subaru Outback (BR)

Subaru Outback (BR) 2010-2015 Owners Manual / Instruments and controls / Warning and indicator lights / Understanding the ABS Warning Light in Your Subaru Outback (BR)

The ABS warning light illuminates when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON”


ABS warning light serves as an essential indicator of the Anti-Lock Braking System's operational status in your Subaru Outback (BR). When you turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position, the ABS warning light illuminates briefly for approximately 2 seconds, demonstrating that the ABS system is functioning as intended. This initial illumination and subsequent turning off of the warning light signify that the ABS system has completed its self-check and is ready for use.

However, there are specific scenarios where the ABS warning light's behavior may indicate a need for attention and repair. If the ABS warning light fails to illuminate at all when you turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position or remains illuminated even after your vehicle has exceeded approximately 12 km/h (8 mph), it's advisable to have the ABS system inspected and repaired promptly by an authorized SUBARU dealer.

Similarly, if the ABS warning light illuminates while you're driving or starts flashing, it could be a sign of an ABS system malfunction. In such cases, while the ABS function may be temporarily disabled, your conventional brake system will continue to operate normally, ensuring your safety on the road.

It's worth noting that there are instances where the ABS warning light's behavior is considered normal and doesn't indicate any underlying issues with the ABS system. For example, if the ABS warning light illuminates immediately after starting the engine but then turns off quickly and remains off, or if it comes on while driving but then promptly turns off and remains off, these are typically normal occurrences and don't require immediate action.

Additionally, during certain situations such as jump-starting your vehicle when the battery voltage is low, the ABS warning light may illuminate due to the reduced battery voltage. This is not a malfunction but rather a response to the temporary low voltage. Once the battery is fully charged, the ABS warning light should turn off automatically, indicating the restoration of normal operating conditions.

In summary, while the ABS warning light in your Subaru Outback (BR) serves as a crucial indicator of the ABS system's functionality, understanding its different behaviors and knowing when to seek professional attention can help ensure the continued safety and reliability of your vehicle's braking system.

hen driving with an insufficient battery voltage such as when the engine is jump started, the ABS warning light may illuminate. This is due to the low battery voltage and does not indicate a malfunction. When the battery becomes fully charged, the light will turn off.


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