Breaking-in of new brake pads and linings

When replacing the brake pad or lining, use only genuine SUBARU parts. After replacement, the new parts must be broken in as follows.

Brake pad and lining

While maintaining a speed of 30 to 40 mph (50 to 65 km/h), step on the brake pedal lightly. Repeat this five or more times.

Parking brake lining


A safe location and situation should be selected for break-in driving.


Pressing the parking brake pedal too forcefully may cause the rear wheels to lock. To avoid this, be certain to press the pedal slowly and gently.

1. Drive the vehicle at a speed of approximately 22 mph (35 km/h).

2. Depress the parking brake pedal SLOWLY and GENTLY. (Pressing with a force of approximately 34 lbf [150 N, 15 kgf].)
3. Drive the vehicle for approximately 220 yards (200 meters) in this condition.

4. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the parking brake to cool down. Repeat this procedure.

5. Check the parking brake stroke. If the parking brake stroke is out of the specified range, adjust it by turning the adjusting nut located on the parking brake pedal.

Parking brake stroke