With the traffic of this site going up a bit, I've noticed quite a few questions being posted which have been answered numerous times. I understand that I have been willing to overlook this many times and answer, but recently this is getting a bit much and I would like for users of the site to do their part.
Before posting in a thread and/or creating a thread, please start with these first three steps, assuming you have sufficient free time*
* If you are an individual with very little free time, jump straight to step 4.
1) Reference your owner's manual
PLEASE check your owner's manual before asking your question. If you don't have a hard copy, you can find a soft-copy of your Subaru's owner's manual here:
For Owners | Subaru of America (OWNER'S MANUAL online location)* For North American market, check your local country's Subaru website to contact and/or find a soft copy of your Subaru's owner's manual
2) SEARCH the forums and the world wide web
Regardless if it's on our forum or our sister forum (yes, we're now both owned by the same company), searching the in-forum search engine or the more-useful Google custom search recently implemented will likely yield results that show that the same question has been asked once or even numerous times. For those who want to search Google directly on our site, use the following URL: https://www.google.com/#q=site:clubcrosstrek.com&*
From there, you can type in your search terms in for a good Google search.
Also, don't forget considering looking at Subaru's sites for more info:
Subaru of America website - Subaru Cars, Sedans, SUVs, Crossovers, Wagons | Subaru of America
Subaru of America media website - Subaru U.S. Media Center
The media website is particularly useful as it actually lists changes that occur per model year, so even just browsing the media site can prove to be useful.
3) Check the sticky threads
Also, don't discount sticky threads like these, check them out to see if your question has been answered before. Each forum section may have sticky threads at the top of each page of threads. If searching didn't yield results, glancing/skimming through the sticky threads may have you find your answer.
4) Ask your question
*If you're an individual with very little free-time to spend potentially as much as 1-2 hours researching what seems like a small topic, it is possibly acceptable to jump to this step.
If the above three options have been exhausted and you still couldn't find the answer to your question, then you may go ahead and start a new thread and ask your question. Please include:
- Location (narrow it down to at least the country), and/or country specification of vehicle
- Model year
- Trim level and engine
- ...and of course, the thing you're questioning about, and include specific conditions if you're describing symptoms.