How to Set a Subaru Forester Electronic Compass

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The Subaru Forester, a Japanese all-wheel-drive vehicle that entered the U.S. market in 1998, was redesigned in 2009 as a third-generation compact SUV/wagon, earning it Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year award. With seating for five people, the Forester includes the automatic-dimming rear-view mirror with a built-in compass among its options. If you have this feature, you will need to calibrate the compass, which can be done with relative ease.

  • Turn off all accessories, such as the heater or air conditioning system and rear window defogger. Make sure all doors are closed.

  • Drive to an area that is open and level, as well as away from large metallic structures or objects. Ensure that the ignition switch is in the "On" position.

  • Enter the calibration mode by pressing the left button at the lower part of the mirror and holding it for three seconds before releasing. "Cal" and the direction will then appear.

  • Drive slowly in a circle about two to three times until "Cal" disappears from the display. The compass is now calibrated and will automatically calibrate itself from this point on.

  • Verify that the compass zone setting matches your geographical location by referring to a map in your owner's manual. To change it from the factory setting of Zone 8, press and hold the right button for three seconds, then release. A brief display of the word "Zone" will be followed by the zone number. Cycle through all possible zone settings by pressing the right button until the correct zone setting appears. Wait for three seconds after releasing the button to exit the zone-setting mode.

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