2012 October TechTIPS Newsletter

2012 October TechTIPS Newsletter – TIPS1012

NHTSA H1010AJ000


What’s in this edition:

(00) New STIS Releases from 09/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
(03) Color Change To Manual Transmission Oil Level Dipstick
(05) Tribeca Spare Color Change
(07) EyeSight Camera Adjustment
(09) New Fuel With Up To 15% Ethanol
(09) 2012 Impreza 4-Door Muffler Appearance Change
(12) Removal of Protective (Plastic) Film On Side Sill Cover For 2013 BRZ
(15) Acessories and EyeSight
(15) 2013 Smart Engine Start


Subaru Paint Codes – 2014 Subaru

NUMBER: 13-96-13R
DATE: 05/20/13
REVISED: 07/09/13


APPLICABILITY: 2014MY Subaru Vehicles
SUBJECT: 2014 MY Paint Coding Information



Note: This is the most accurate information available at the time of printing.

Various paint manufacturers designate their own stock numbers and coding information although many of the major suppliers are now using the SOA paint codes to help eliminate possible confusion. Their color formulations are updated on a continual basis.  Some vendors may have different color names than those provided to them by SOA.  Be sure to double-check the codes and formulas beforehand to help insure an accurate color match.  Should discrepancies arise, please refer your Body Shop contact inquiries to the specific paint vendor or their jobber / supplier for the most updated formula information.


Clock Time Will Not Adjust or Displays Dashes – 2015 Subaru Legacy & Outback with Fujitsu Ten (F10)

NUMBER: 15-174-14
DATE: 08/07/14


APPLICABILITY: 2015MY Legacy and Outback Models with Fujitsu Ten (F10) Navigation / Audio System
SUBJECT: Clock Time Will Not Adjust or Displays Dashes



This Service Information outlines a procedure to address a customer concern of either the clock display time adjustment buttons do not work or 3 “dashes” appear when they are pressed.  The concern may also be that the displayed time cannot be adjusted when using the “+” or “-“ buttons.  These concerns can be addressed with a customizable setting function of the Navigation / Audio system.

+ / - buttons


“Gen 2” & “Gen 2.1” Operating Tips – 2015-2017 Subaru with Fujitsu TEN (F10)

NUMBER: 15-177-14R
DATE: 10/16/14
REVISED: 05/18/16


APPLICABILITY: All 2015-17MY Vehicles with Fujitsu TEN (F10) 7in. Multimedia Navigation (AVN) & Display Audio Units
SUBJECT: “Gen 2” & “Gen 2.1” Operating Tips



This bulletin provides information to help diagnose and address different conditions relating to customer concerns which may arise when operating the new-generation “Gen 2” and “Gen 2.1” F10 Navigation and Display Audio systems. We will continue to add more helpful tips to this TSB as they become available.


Reprogramming File Availability for Oil Level Detection – 2014-2015 Subaru Forester 2.5L

NUMBER: 11-148-14R
DATE: 10/28/14
REVISED: 03/25/15

 APPLICABILITY: 2014-15MY Forester 2.5L NA Models
SUBJECT: Reprogramming File Availability for Oil Level Detection



This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files and a revised oil level switch to optimize the ECM logic for engine oil level detection in the event of false or premature low engine oil level warning lamp illumination.  Should a customer present a concern with a low engine oil warning lamp illumination and the diagnosis indicate the oil level is full or nearly full (oil level between the full and add marks/holes on the dipstick) and the customer has not added any engine oil, the ECM must be updated with this new logic and the oil level switch replaced.  The new oil level switch part number supplied in this bulletin must be used.  If the customer has added oil, determine how much was added.  Based upon the information provided, estimate where the oil level was when the lamp illuminated in order to determine if additional action is required beyond what is described in this bulletin (e.g an oil consumption test).  The ECM must still be updated with this new logic and the oil level switch replaced.