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Subaru Legacy Owners Manual: Driving tips for AWD vehicles

Subaru Legacy Owners Manual / Driving tips / Driving tips for AWD vehicles

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.
  •  When replacing or installing tire (s), all four tires must be the same for the following items.

(a) Size
(b) Circumference
(c) Speed symbol
(d) Load index
(e) Construction
(f) Manufacturer
(g) Brand (tread pattern)
(h) Degrees of wear

For items (a) to (d), you must obey the specification that is printed on the tire placard. The tire placard is located on the driver's door pillar.

If all four tires are not the same in items (a) to (h), it may lead to serious mechanical damage to the drive train of your car and affect the following factors.

  •  Ride
  •  Handling
  •  Braking
  •  Speedometer/Odometer calibration
  •  Clearance between the body and the tires

It also may be dangerous and lead to loss of vehicle control, and it can lead to an accident.

 

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.

Driving tips for AWD vehicles

All-Wheel Drive distributes the engine power to all four wheels. AWD vehicles 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:

  •  An AWD vehicle 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 an ample distance from other vehicles.

  •  Always check the cold tire pressure before starting to drive. The recommended tire pressure is provided on the tire placard, which is located on the door pillar on the driver's side.
  •  There are some precautions that you must observe when towing your vehicle.

    For detailed information, refer to "Towing" .

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