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2016 Subaru WRX Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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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: 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: 10131699
TSB ID: 096516R

Revised. this bulletin announces a design change of the fuel injector used on 2.0l dit models to prevent water intrusion. a new silicone rubber cover has been developed and incorporated into production for this purpose.
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
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: 10111071
TSB ID: 09-65-16

This bulletin announces a design change of the fuel injector used on 2.0l dit models to prevent water intrusion. a new silicone rubber cover has been developed and incorporated into production for this purpose.
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08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111069
TSB ID: 02-164-16

This service information bulletin announces a design change to the internal contact portion of the oil pressure switch to increase durability
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111067
TSB ID: 09-64-16

This service information bulletin announces a change to the shape of the rubber cap used on the flange nuts securing the sub-level sending unit to the fuel tank. in addition, two of the caps are now used in production instead of only one. t
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111074
TSB ID: 02-166-17

This bulletin outlines design changes made to the upper oil pan assembly on fa and fb engines used on the models listed above. there have been isolated cases where the sealer used between the upper oil pan and the crankcase has become dis
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
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.
04/16/18 Engine NHTSA ID: 10133521
TSB ID: 07-75-13R

On forester turbo and applicable wrx models, after re-connecting the battery, if the ignition switch is turned back ?on? within one minute after the first time the ignition is turned ?off?, it becomes possible for the cel to illuminate
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: 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'
03/03/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10093662
TSB ID: 12-190-15R

This bulletin provides a procedure to address customer concerns of a creaking sound heard when operating the clutch pedal. the cause of the sound has been identified as a very slight amount of movement between the 2 layers of metal (circled
11/08/16 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10084141
TSB ID: 16-98-16

This bulletin announces availability of reprogramming files for optimization of the transmission control module (tcm). the new logic addresses customer concerns of inconsistent shifting characteristics and / or a ¿slipping¿ -type sensation
04/16/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10133520
TSB ID: 07-134-18

This service information bulletin provides a new troubleshooting chart to use when diagnosing a dtc b1760 related to the occupant detection system (ods). following these diagnostic steps will help avoid unnecessary ods sensor / seat cu
04/16/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10133517
TSB ID: 06-61-18

This bulletin announces availability of new vdc control module & hydraulic units (vdccm&h/u) to address isolated customer concerns of the green hill holder light blinking and cancel warning alarm sounding during cranking / starting the
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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
04/02/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10131692
TSB ID: 1117117

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ecm and address isolated customer concerns of a spark knock (engine ping) -type sound.
04/02/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10131703
TSB ID: 169816

This bulletin announces availability of reprogramming files for optimization of the transmission control module (tcm). the new logic addresses customer concerns of inconsistent shifting characteristics and / or a ?slipping? -type sensatio
04/02/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10131636
TSB ID: 07-75-13R

This bulletin provides information regarding dtc p0606 related specifically to the determination of this code on forester turbo and applicable wrx models. the engine management system is equipped with a back-up memory. when disconnecting t
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
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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: 10130270
TSB ID: 07-128-18R

This service information 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
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: 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.
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10121004
TSB ID: 15-182-15R

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: 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
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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: 10120975
TSB ID: 10-84-16R

This bulletin announces the availability of a new air conditioning compressor / clutch assembly to address customer concerns of the system not operating. electrical windings located inside the clutch assembly have been changed to eliminate
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10121000
TSB ID: 15-206-16

Usb device not recognized on fujitsu-ten (f10) 7? display navigation and display audio units. this bulletin announces availability of a new auxiliary usb unit to address customer concerns where the 7? display audio or audio navigation he
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
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
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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
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111094
TSB ID: 07-111-16

This bulletin announces a design change to the headlamp assembly to improve sealing and prevent moisture intrusion. this condition may result from a slight misalignment of the attaching points during the headlamp assembly process. an improv
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
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111072
TSB ID: 11-170-16

2.0l dit models only. this bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files to optimize the ecm. these files will address a customer concern of the check engine light illuminating as a result of dtc p2270 being stored in t
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"
03/06/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093863
TSB ID: 07-100-15

This bulletin announces the availability of reprogramming files for the eyesight system to provide proper function of the vehicle information registration menu. in rare cases, when attempting to perform the camera initialization procedure a
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03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093648
TSB ID: 07-99-15

On some vehicles, a customer may not be able to access the ¿keyless buzzer volume¿ function on the multi-function display (mfd). this bulletin announces availability of reprogramming files for the body integrated unit (biu) to facilitate se
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093622
TSB ID: 08-39-15

This service information bulletin provides a procedure for resetting the lifetime fuel consumption function of the mfd. whenever replacing the mfd and / or combination meter, the lifetime fuel consumption function of the mfd must be reset f
02/22/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092495
TSB ID: 15-182-15R

This bulletin announces a procedure for updating the navigation / audio unit¿s operating system software. the following list of symptoms and related changes provides a brief description of which customer concerns the updates are intended to
02/16/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10091985
TSB ID: WQS-54U

Owner notification - subaru recall campaign: wqs-54 driver assist system (eyesight) delay in warning indicator owner notification ¿ subaru will notify potentially affected vehicle owners by first class mail. owner notification will begin
02/16/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10091989
TSB ID: 15-182-15R

This bulletin announces a procedure for updating the navigation / audio unit¿s operating system software. the following list of symptoms and related changes provides a brief description of which customer concerns the updates are intended to
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)
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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.
02/12/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10059181
TSB ID: SB-WQS-54

Subaru: tsb contains an owner's notification letter. select document search button below. in certain vehicles there is a delayed in detecting a failure of brake lamp switch (bls) by driver assist system and takes longer for vehicle dynam
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
04/16/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10133522
TSB ID: 12-234-18

This bulletin provides a repair procedure for replacing the foam cushion installed between the top front edge of the ip and the windshield glass. use the supplied service procedure to address a customer concern involving the foam cushi
04/02/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10131641
TSB ID: 12-189-15R

This bulletin provides information about changes made to the rear shelf trim to address customer concerns of a rattling sound heard while driving over bumpy / rough roads. the sources of the rattle have been identified as: ? the mounting
04/02/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10131639
TSB ID: 12-207-16

This bulletin announces a change to the procedure used in production of the rear door glass assembly. the bottom edge of the door glass is pressed into a metal channel lined with rubber. the channel attaches the door glass assembly to the w
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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.
03/13/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10130277
TSB ID: 12-231-18

( 2017-2018my impreza - 5 dr only)
10/26/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10120970
TSB ID: 12-201-16

Paint chipping between hood grille (scoop) and hood - this new bulletin replaces tsb 12-186-15 and announces a new repair procedure to address customer concerns of the hood scoop scrubbing the finish of the hood panel in the areas shown i
09/13/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10117532
TSB ID: 07-118-17R

Models with srvd only. this bulletin provides revised diagnostic and repair procedures to address dtc b2327 for the subaru rear vehicle detection (srvd), blind-spot detection (bsd) and rear cross traffic alert (rcta) system on the applica
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: 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.
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08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111087
TSB ID: 12-201-16R

This new bulletin replaces tsb 12-186-15 and announces a new repair procedure to address customer concerns of the hood scoop scrubbing the finish of the hood panel in the areas shown in the photo below. due to different expansion rates be
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111098
TSB ID: 12-189-15R

This bulletin provides information about changes made to the rear shelf trim to address customer concerns of a rattling sound heard while driving over bumpy / rough roads. the sources of the rattle have been identified as: * the mounting p
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
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
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: 10092526
TSB ID: 18-182-15

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Subaru WRX 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.

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