Subaru Outback Warning Light Guide

When you drive a Subaru Outback, you want to make sure it's giving you the best performance possible and all the safety you expect from a Subaru. But every car needs maintenance. So how do you know when there's a problem with your car?

Winner Subaru put together this 2018 Subaru Outback dashboard symbols guide to help drivers in Middletown, Odessa, and Dover know when to schedule service.

Yellow Lights

  • Low Tire Pressure: When you see a light that looks like an exclamation mark underlined and inside some parentheses, that's a cue to check your tire pressure. Your Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) detects any time your tires have low air pressure.
  • ABS Warning: When your anti-lock braking system has a malfunction, you'll see a light that just says the letters ABS. You can still stop using your regular brakes, but this isn't something you should ignore. Get your ABS serviced quickly so you'll have all your braking systems working.
  • All-Wheel Drive Warning: Every Subaru Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive. When there's a malfunction with your all-wheel drive system, you'll see a light that says AWD on your dashboard. This means you won't get the same handling and traction on slippery or bumpy roads.
  • Coolant Temperature: If your engine ever starts overheating or your coolant levels are low, you'll see a yellow light that looks like an old-fashioned thermometer floating on some waves. Pull over, stop the car, and let the engine cool down. Then slowly drive to a service center and have more coolant put in.
  • Engine Low Oil: A light that reminds you to get a very common routine maintenance job is your low engine oil light. It looks like an old-fashioned oil can, or a flat tea pot, with a single drop coming out of it. This means your car is low on oil and it's time for an oil change. Get this scheduled immediately since driving with low or old oil can damage your engine.

Red Lights

  • Seatbelt Warning: Whenever the driver or front passenger doesn't have their seatbelt fastened, you'll hear a beeping sound and see a red light that looks like a person sitting down with their seatbelt strapped across them. This will go away once you put your seatbelt on.
  • SRS Airbag: If you see a light that looks like the side view of someone sitting down, and it looks like there's a balloon in front of their face, that's your airbag warning. It means that there's a problem with your SRS airbag system and they may not deploy in the event of an accident. Get this looked at right away to make sure you have all your safety features working properly.
  • Brake System Warning: A red light the looks like an exclamation mark inside a circle is a very serious warning. It means that there's a failure in your brake system. Stop the car right away and call for a tow truck. It is not safe to continue driving with faulty brakes.
  • Charge Warning: This light looks like your car battery. Whenever it comes on it means that there's a problem with your electrical system. Either your battery is low, there's an issue with your connections, or the alternator needs to be replaced. Drive slowly to a service center. Stopping is a mistake because if your battery is dead, you may not be able to turn the car back on.
  • Power Steering Warning: If you ever see a red light that looks like your steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it, that means there's a problem with your electronic power steering system. Either your car is low on power steering fluid, or there's a malfunction with the system. You should pull over and call for a tow truck since it's not safe to drive if you can't steer properly.

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To learn more about your 2018 Subaru Outback dashboard symbols, visit Winner Subaru. Our service center is happy to help drivers in Middletown, Odessa, and Dover with our expert staff of technicians. Schedule service online if you see any of these alerts on your car.

 

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