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2016 Subaru Legacy Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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04/02/18 NHTSA ID: 10131635
TSB ID: Special Service

The following special tool is required for servicing the 2015-2017my legacy and outback electronic power steering (eps) rack assembly. this tool will be shipped directly to all subaru retailers during september. please reference tsb 04-1
04/02/18 NHTSA ID: 10131632
TSB ID: 02-170-17

This bulletin announces part information for new active valve control system (avcs) oil control solenoid valves (ocv) which contain a redesigned internal oil seal. the new seal will eliminate potential oil seepage into the wire harness co
04/02/18 NHTSA ID: 10131629
TSB ID: 04-17-17R

This bulletin provides a service procedure to address isolated customer concerns of a rattling sound identified as coming from the electronic power steering (eps) rack assembly. the repair involves installation of a new tension spring for
04/02/18 NHTSA ID: 10131664
TSB ID: 04-17-17R

This bulletin provides a service procedure to address isolated customer concerns of a rattling sound identified as coming from the electronic power steering (eps) rack assembly. the repair involves installation of a new tension spring for
10/26/17 NHTSA ID: 10120974
TSB ID: WTD-65R

Repair procedure - this service procedure provides an inspection method for identification of affected vehicles and if determined necessary, additional steps for replacing the steering column assembly.
10/26/17 NHTSA ID: 10120973
TSB ID: WTD-65

Product campaign bulletin - inspection and repair procedure for stop sale / recall campaign wtd-65: steering column
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09/13/17 NHTSA ID: 10117547
TSB ID: 12-226-17

This bulletin provides part number and design change information regarding the fuel door (saucer) assembly which may not open properly due to ice accumulation in sub-freezing conditions.
09/13/17 NHTSA ID: 10117529
TSB ID: 02-168-17

This service information bulletin announces a material change to the engine accessory drive / v-belt made to address customer concerns of a slipping belt (squeal or chirping) sound.
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111070
TSB ID: 09-66-16

This bulletin announces a change in the production procedure for the rear muffler assembly. spot-weld locations securing the outer shell portion have been changed to improve overall rigidity. a gap may develop at the spot welded seam as a
02/27/17 NHTSA ID: 10093067
TSB ID: 02-162-15

This service information bulletin announces a design change to the oil pressure switch assembly. nickel plating has been applied to the internal switch contacts to enhance their durability and reduce the possibility of poor contact which c
12/27/16 NHTSA ID: 10087242
TSB ID: 16-99-16

This bulletin announces availability of reprogramming files to optimize transmission control module (tcm) operation and address the following customer concerns: ¿ engine rpm ¿flare¿ (sharp rpm increase when cvt ¿downshifts¿) when using cr
11/08/16 NHTSA ID: 10084125
TSB ID: 09-63-16

This service information bulletin serves as a reminder to always follow the proper procedures when diagnosis of a dtc b1500 leads to replacement of a faulty main and / or sub fuel level sensor.
09/28/16 NHTSA ID: 10081068
TSB ID: 07-89-15R

If you receive a customer concern of a no crank / no start condition during very cold temperatures, the ig1, ig2, acc1, acc2 and/or the egi main relays may be the root cause and require replacement. it is generally reported that the car st
04/02/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10131693
TSB ID: 1610417

Cvt models only. this bulletin provides a diagnostic procedure along with transmission control module (tcm) reprogramming files to address isolated customer concerns of a ?bump? feeling from the cvt. the bump feeling has been reported to
08/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10111066
TSB ID: 16-103-16

Only models equipped with tr690 cvt only. this bulletin has been developed in response to a small number of customer concerns regarding fluid seepage found coming from the cvt assembly. investigation has identified a likely source o
08/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10111084
TSB ID: 16-104-17R

This bulletin provides a diagnostic procedure along with transmission control module (tcm) reprogramming files to address isolated customer concerns of a "bump" feeling from the cvt. the bump feeling has been reported to occur after the c
08/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10111086
TSB ID: 16-103-16R

This bulletin has been developed in response to a small number of customer concerns regarding fluid seepage found coming from the cvt assembly. investigation has identified a likely source of the seepage to be the sealant used on the cvt'
08/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10111091
TSB ID: 16-102-16

Tsb: all models equipped with cvt transmissions. this service information bulletin provides a new flow chart and additional diagnostic tools to assist technicians with troubleshooting dtc p0841- secondary oil pressure sensor performance.
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03/06/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10093861
TSB ID: 16-97-15

This bulletin provides a procedure for diagnosing a customer concern of a delayed and / or harsh engagement of the cvt (model tr580) when shifting into reverse or drive from neutral. all 2013-16my, 4-cylinder, n/a models with cvt
02/27/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10093129
TSB ID: 03-67-12R

Subaru of america, inc. has extended the availability of remanufactured cvt transmissions to include crosstrek, forester and impreza applications. please check applications and availability through normal parts channels prior to making vehi
02/27/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10093113
TSB ID: WQU-56R

Subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year legacy and outback vehicles. during the manufacturing process of the propeller shaft that connects to the vehicle¿s transmission, the seal cap and seal located i
05/13/16 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10065090
TSB ID: 03-69-12R

Summary to be provided on a future date.
04/16/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10133528
TSB ID: 16-112-18R

This bulletin announces a design change to the cvt select lever (shifter) mechanism in response to isolated customer concerns of not being able to remove the key from the ignition switch when the vehicle is in park. the cause is contaminati
04/02/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10131689
TSB ID: 11-174-17R

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ecm and address the following customer concerns: ? check engine light coming on (with dtc p05a0 stored in memory). ? potential battery discharge (dead batter
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03/13/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10130285
TSB ID: F10-Gen2-NAV-15-

Technical support guide for navigation and audio f10 gen2 systems.
03/13/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10130280
TSB ID: 15-215-18

Models with fujitsuten (f10) gen 2.0 / 2.1 navigation or display audio head units only. this bulletin provides a repair procedure to address specific, confirmed customer concerns of: ? audio output interruption every 2-3 seconds when lis
03/13/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10130278
TSB ID: 15-205-16R

This bulletin announces new reprogramming file availability and the software installation procedure to address additional operational concerns received from the field and listed below involving ?gen 2? f10 navigation and display audio uni
03/13/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10130287
TSB ID: UPDATE - Removal

The corrected update files are now available for download from subarunet. tsb 15-20516r has been revised with new file names where applicable and re-posted to stis.
03/13/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10130273
TSB ID: 07-131-18

This bulletin provides a measurement and adjustment procedure for the stop lamp switch. an improperly adjusted (or faulty) stop lamp switch can cause any of the dtcs listed above to set and result in the related system?s (e. g. vdc and/or
12/15/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10125883
TSB ID: 11-176-17

This bulletin announces availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ecm for control of battery charging functions. depending on vehicle use conditions, the battery state of charge value may differ slightly from the actual value. t
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10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10120981
TSB ID: 15-198-16R

Revised tsb: this bulletin announces reprogramming file availability and the software installation procedure to address a group of operational concerns received from the field listed below involving ?gen 2? f10 navigation and display audio
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10121005
TSB ID: 15-205-16

This bulletin announces new reprogramming file availability and the software installation procedure to address additional operational concerns received from the field and listed below involving ?gen 2? f10 navigation and display audio units
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10121002
TSB ID: 15-198-16R

Important note: due to the extensive revisions made to the information originally contained in this bulletin, a new bulletin, 15-205-16 has been issued. please refer to this new bulletin for the latest information regarding this condition.
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10121001
TSB ID: 15-207-16

This bulletin announces a design change to the usb connector inside the usb-aux unit to address customer concerns of the usb cable becoming stuck and / or difficult to remove.
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10120967
TSB ID: 15-194-16

This bulletin announces availability of an enhanced audio system power amplifier which contains software to address customer concerns of voice guidance instructions (words) being cut short or cut off. for example: instead of the instruction
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10120968
TSB ID: 16-99-16

This bulletin announces availability of reprogramming files to optimize transmission control module (tcm) operation and address the following customer concerns: ? engine rpm ?flare? (sharp rpm increase when cvt ?downshifts?) when using cru
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09/13/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10117535
TSB ID: 11-174-17R

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ecm and address the following customer concerns: * check engine light coming on (with dtc p05a0 stored in memory). * potential battery discharge (dead batter
09/13/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10117543
TSB ID: 11-174-17R

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ecm and address the following customer concerns: * check engine light coming on (with dtc p05a0 stored in memory). * potential battery discharge (dead batter
09/13/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10117542
TSB ID: 07-114-16R

This bulletin announces availability of a new power seat memory control module designed to address customer concerns of the seat memory feature not operating properly. when pressing the buttons to recall one of the last seat positions mem
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111092
TSB ID: 15-196-16R

Tsb: only those models equipped with starlink telematics. data communication module (dcm) procedures for provisioning failure, inspection / repair. very important: this procedure applies to vehicles with vins shared with your retailer as
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111103
TSB ID: 15-198-16R

This bulletin announces reprogramming file availability and the software installation procedure to address a group of operational concerns received from the field listed below involving "gen 2" f10 navigation and display audio units with 7"
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111085
TSB ID: 15-196-16R

Only 2016-2017my: those models equipped with starlink telematics. provisioning is the process by which the dcm receives the subscription request and activates the related dcm features requested as outlined in the specific subscription con
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08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111083
TSB ID: 15-205-16R

This bulletin announces new reprogramming file availability and the software installation procedure to address additional operational concerns received from the field and listed below involving "gen 2" f10 navigation and display audio uni
03/08/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10094367
TSB ID: 15-177-14R

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¿ f10 audio / navigation system. we will continue to add more helpful
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093624
TSB ID: 15-177-14R

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¿ f10 audio / navigation system. we will continue to add more helpful
02/16/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092003
TSB ID: 07-93-15

This service information bulletin provides the procedure to follow when receiving a customer concern regarding operation of their power window auto-up and/or auto-down feature. testing of returned power window switch assemblies has revealed
01/27/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10089803
TSB ID: 15-177-14R

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¿ f10 audio / navigation system. we will continue to add more helpful
12/27/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10087241
TSB ID: 15-194-16

This bulletin announces availability of an enhanced audio system power amplifier which contains software to address customer concerns of voice guidance instructions (words) being cut short or cut off. for example: instead of the instructio
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12/21/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10086841
TSB ID: 15-177-14R

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¿ f10 audio / navigation system. we will continue to add more helpful
11/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10084297
TSB ID: F10TSG

Technical support guide - gen 2.0 & 2.1 micro sd navigation (avn) display audio (da)
11/08/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10084142
TSB ID: 07-106-16

This bulletin announces a change to the battery sensor to prevent unnecessary occurrence of dtc p1c00 being set / stored in the ecm memory.
06/22/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10074609
TSB ID: 07-89-15R

Summary to be provided on a future date.
04/16/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10133529
TSB ID: 18-192-18

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide a description of current changes to service manuals available via the subaru technical information system (stis) web site. the tables contained within this bulletin are to be used as guides for bec
04/02/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10131647
TSB ID: 01-168-09R

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide replacement key and immobilizer information along with an overview of the subaru lock information web-site.
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04/02/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10131630
TSB ID: 12-230-17

This service information bulletin provides precautions to use when installing the trunk garnish panel located between the combination lamps. if the garnish is not installed properly, the small rubber protector(s) at the bottom edges of th
12/15/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10125884
TSB ID: 12-226-17R

This bulletin provides part number and design change information regarding the fuel door (saucer) assembly which may not open properly due to ice accumulation in sub-freezing conditions.
10/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10120986
TSB ID: 07-114-16

This bulletin announces availability of a new power seat memory control module designed to address customer concerns of the seat memory feature not operating properly. when pressing the buttons to recall one of the last seat positions memor
09/13/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10117555
TSB ID: 15-190-15R

This bulletin contains illustrations of exchange components and their manufacturer as well as a description of the proper exchange procedure. the exchange program policy can also be found in sections 8.4.9 and 11.2.10 of your claims polic
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111089
TSB ID: 12-219-17

This bulletin provides new part information and an identification procedure to address a small number of vehicles identified with a sticking secondary hood latch mechanism. the hood latch mechanism is exposed to foreign materials during nor
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111081
TSB ID: 12-218-17

This bulletin provides supplemental information and an inspection point to use when diagnosing a wind rushing sound concern that persists on vehicles: * past the production change provided in tsb 12-176-14r, dated 10/28/2015 or * which h
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08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111093
TSB ID: 12-203-16

This bulletin provides a procedure to address customer concerns of a squeaking sound originating from where the front seat belt buckle assembly attaches to the seat frame. a design change was made to the wave washer used at the attachment p
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111101
TSB ID: 12-206-16

All models listed with seat lifter feature. this bulletin provides a procedure to address a customer reported cosmetic condition of surface rust appearing on the inner seat cushion frame of the front seat assemblies.
03/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10094364
TSB ID: 09-61-15R

This bulletin announces a design change to the fuel filler door (saucer) assembly to address customer concerns of it being difficult to open and / or close. the striker portion¿s shape has been changed as shown in the crosssection illustrat
03/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10094221
TSB ID: 09-61-15R

This bulletin announces a design change to the fuel filler door (saucer) assembly to address customer concerns of it being difficult to open and / or close. the striker portion¿s shape has been changed as shown in the cross-section illustr
03/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10094350
TSB ID: 18-184-15

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide a description of current changes to service manuals available via the subaru technical information system (stis) web site. the tables contained within this bulletin are to be used as guides for bec
03/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10094342
TSB ID: 12-195-15

Should you receive a customer concern of vibration or looseness in either of the door mirrors, a design change has been made to the 3 mirror head mounting holes in the mounting base. in addition, a new retaining bolt and tightening torque s
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03/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10094261
TSB ID: WQV57U

Update - subaru recall campaign: wqv57 propeller shaft attaching bolt torque ¿ owner notification letters will be mailed today ¿ affected vin lists will be distributed to the regional offices ¿ emails will be sent to owners with a valid
03/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10094232
TSB ID: WQV-57

Subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2016 model year subaru legacy and outback vehicles to inspect and possibly tighten or replace the bolts that attach the propeller shaft to the rear differential.
03/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093902
TSB ID: WEA

In an effort to clarify information contained in the windshield warranty extension tsb #12‐192‐15 dated 10/12/2015, please review the following:  repairs covered under this warranty extension are not subject to the $50
03/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093908
TSB ID: WQV-57

Subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2016 model year subaru legacy and outback vehicles to inspect and possibly tighten or replace the bolts that attach the propeller shaft to the rear differential.
03/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093841
TSB ID: 18-183-15

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide a description of current changes to service manuals available via the subaru technical information system (stis) web site. the tables contained within this bulletin are to be used as guides for bec
03/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093903
TSB ID: 12-192-15R

Subaru of america, inc. (soa) quality assurance has identified an increase in the number of cracked windshields on some 2015 and 2016my legacy and outback models. further investigation has determined the root cause for many of these failure
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03/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093911
TSB ID: 09-61-15

This bulletin announces a design change to the fuel filler door (saucer) assembly to address customer concerns of it being difficult to open and / or close. the striker portion¿s shape has been changed as shown in the cross-section illustra
03/03/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093650
TSB ID: WE

Subaru of america, inc. will be issuing a warranty extension to address cracks or breakage in the deicer area of the windshield on 2015 and early production 2016 legacy and outback models equipped with the all weather package that included
03/03/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093649
TSB ID: 12-192-15

Subaru of america, inc. (soa) quality assurance has identified an increase in the number of cracked windshields on some 2015 and 2016my legacy and outback models. further investigation has determined the root cause for many of these failure
03/03/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093641
TSB ID: 12-176-14R

This bulletin provides a service procedure to address customer concerns of a wind rushing-type sound which seems to come from the front door glass sash area. customers may report a concern with one or both front doors. it is only necessary
02/27/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093105
TSB ID: 02-162-15R

This service information bulletin announces a design change to the oil pressure switch assembly. nickel plating has been applied to the internal switch contacts to enhance their durability and reduce the possibility of poor contact which c
02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092494
TSB ID: WQU-56A2

Update: subaru recall campaign: wqu-56 propeller shaft-bulletin please be advised that the product campaign bulletin for wqu-56 has been posted on stis. the bulletin includes detailed information regarding the parts shipments and the repa
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02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092497
TSB ID: WQU-56R

Subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year legacy and outback vehicles.
02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092489
TSB ID: WQU?-56A

Subject: new subaru recall campaign: wqu]56 propeller shaft. subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year legacy and outback vehicles.
02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092498
TSB ID: WQU-56U

Recall campaign: wqu-56 propeller shaft ¿ parts supply update. propeller shaft shipment quantities to cover all affected vehicles retailed prior to august 4th stop sale will be completed this week. your soa zone office has been provided the
02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092546
TSB ID: WQU-56U3

Update ] subaru recall campaign: wqu]56 propeller shaft owner notification owner notification letters will be mailed today, and emails to owners will follow early next week. subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2
02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092525
TSB ID: WQU-56R

Subaru of america, inc. (subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year legacy and outback vehicles.
02/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092541
TSB ID: WQU-56U2

All shipments for the wqu56 recall are complete. some retailers have placed orders in the system for these parts. we will be removing the hold against the propeller shafts on monday, august 31, 2015. if you have placed an order for a prope
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09/28/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10081080
TSB ID: 15-192-16

This bulletin provides a service procedure to address customer concerns of loose or gapping accessory front wheel arch molding(s) (e201sal000 molding kit). there are 2 retaining clips on each molding which have been improved to enhance rete
09/28/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10081075
TSB ID: 12-185-15R

This bulletin provides a repair procedure to address a wind rushing and / or fluttering-type sound originating from the ¿b¿ pillar area of the vehicle. the sound is usually reported to be more prevalent when crosswinds are present and / or
06/22/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10074649
TSB ID: 12-185-15R

Summary to be provided on a future date.
05/23/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10067867
TSB ID: 12-164-14

Film residue removal from underside of front seat cushion covers
05/23/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10067006
TSB ID: 12-137-12R

Summary to be provided on a future date.
05/13/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10065124
TSB ID: 12-135-12R

Summary to be provided on a future date.

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Subaru Legacy TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.