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Subaru Outback DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance how-to tutorials for the 6th generation 2015 to 2018 Subaru Outback.

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2015-2018 Subaru Outback Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and possibly also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback midsize crossover SUV (or station wagon) may become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for changing a dead battery in the key fob (with the compatible part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your Subaru Outback, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Sun Visor Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs

3. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb located in the sun visor of your 6th generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the revised 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

You may also choose to upgrade the bulbs to brighter LED units.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulb Change

4. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out dome light bulb (or upgrade it to a brighter LED unit) in your sixth generation Subaru Outback wagon, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

5. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the air conditioning system in your sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Outback hasn't been working well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells musty, you probably need to clean or replace the A/C cabin air filter element located in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Check out my DIY tutorial (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image located on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Door Panel Removal

6. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Interior Door Panel Removal & Speaker Upgrade

If you would like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your Subaru Outback, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement speaker sizes) click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture located on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
Rear Wiper Blade Change

7. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty seeing out of the back windshield of your Subaru Outback during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the rear wiper blade.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the OEM blade size in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Cargo Area Light Bulb

8. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the housing near the tailgate door of your Subaru Outback, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

9. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate cargo area door of your Subaru Outback (or upgrade them both to brighter LED bulbs), check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

10. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and possibly also the refreshed 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback contain the rear turn signal, rear side marker and reverse light bulbs. (The brake lights are LED bulbs that should last the life time of the vehicle.)

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

11. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty seeing out of the front windshield window of your Subaru Outback during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

Check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the OEM blade sizes in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

12. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide

The first step to troubleshooting any electrical problem with your Subaru Outback is to check for a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.



 

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Door Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Door Courtesy Step Light

13. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Door Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located at the bottom of the plastic interior door panel in your Subaru Outback, check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 2.5L Engine MAF Sensor Replacement Guide
Mass Airflow Sensor

14. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback MAF Sensor Cleaning & Replacement Guide

If the FB25 2.5 liter four cylinder Boxer engine in your Subaru Outback has been running rough, having trouble starting or stalling shortly after starting, hesitating or jerking, you may need to clean or replace the MAF (mass airflow sensor).

Some of the MAF related error codes you may see with an OBD II code scanner tool include P0100, P0101 and P0102.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback 12 Volt Car Battery Replacement Guide
12V Battery Change

15. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble starting the engine in your Outback and the OEM 12 volt battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the OEM battery group size and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

16. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for the FB25 2.5L four cylinder Boxer motor in your Subaru Outback should be inspected and cleaned at every oil change and replaced every 30,000 miles.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
FB25 Spark Plugs Change

17. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The OEM iridium tipped spark plugs in a sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Outback should be replaced every 60,000 miles.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Fog Light Bulbs Change

18. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of your Subaru Outback, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

19. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Outback contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal and front side marker light bulbs.

To view my DIY directions for changing a burnt out headlight bulb, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide
FB25 2.5L Belt Change

20. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Serpentine Accessory Belt Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a chirping or squealing sound coming from the engine bay of your Subaru Outback you may need to change the OEM serpentine accessory belt on the FB25 2.5 liter four cylinder Boxer engine.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 Engine Oil Change Guide
FB25 Oil Change

21. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback FB25 2.5L Boxer Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your Subaru Outback running reliably for many years is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter on the FB25 2.5L four cylinder "Boxer" engine.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement oil filter part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Front Brake Pads Change

22. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squealing, grinding or squeaking sound coming from the front end of your Outback when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front brake pads.

Check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left side.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Rear Brake Pads Change

23. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Subaru Outback tend to last twice as long as the front pads or any where from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

To view my DIY guide for the procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2015-2018 Subaru Outback MAP Sensor Replacement Guide
MAP Sensor Change

24. 2015-2018 Subaru Outback MAP Sensor Replacement Guide

Some of the symptoms of a dirty or faulty MAP sensor include a rough idle, higher fuel consumption (lower fuel economy / MPG) and hesitation or jerking while accelerating.

If you have an OBD II port code scanner, you may also see the following MAP sensor related codes: P0108, P0107 and/or P0106. Check out my guide for cleaning or changing the manifold absolute pressure sensor.

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