How to Maximize Your Subaru's Reliability

When you choose a new Subaru, you learn many things. To start, you learn that the vehicles are long lasting and reliable. You also learn that they are rugged, and can tackle a wide range of terrain, and can do so for many, many miles. Some people who own Subarus own them for well over 300,000 miles, from what we've seen at Jim Keras Subaru. If you take care of your new Subaru Outback Legacy, Impreza, Forester, Crosstrek, BRZ or other model, you will be rewarded with years of reliability.

How can you ensure your vehicle lasts like that? Try following these tips to maximize your Subaru:


Avoid Bad Habits

If you're cognizant of the little things that impact your vehicle, that goes a long way in keeping your Subaru fresh.


 

Starting Your Subaru

When you start your Subaru, make sure you have accessories like the headlights, windshield wipers, air conditioning, or heater and defroster off before turning the ignition. This helps preserve power in your vehicle, and you can turn them on after start up.

Also, don't rev the engine thinking it will warm the vehicle up in cold weather. Simply give it time, and the oil pump will lubricate, and get the vehicle ready to go.






Driving Your Subaru

While you're on the road, make sure you pay attention to warning lights, because they let you know of critical mechanical and electrical information. Be sure to find the nearest place to get service, because even driving a few blocks can cause lots of potential damage, or overheating, and loss of oil pressure.

Doing simple things like making a full stop before shifting into drive, reverse, or park will help, as it adds life to the transmission and clutch. Also, be sure that your gas tank always has at least a quarter tank in it, so sediment and other fuel cloggers don't get inside.




Parking Smartly with Your Subaru

We always recommend that after parking, you use the parking brake, especially on an incline, as that adds strain on the transmission, and is a safety issue. Also, it's a good practice to turn the steering wheel with ease when you can as hard turns can take a toll on fluids, hoses, and the pumps.



Welcome current or future Subaru Owner! You probably own your vehicle or are considering purchasing a Subaru because you've heard of their amazing longevity. We've had many owners bring their Subarus to us with well over 300,000 miles! Check out these tips below to help maximize the life of your vehicle as well.

Basic Vehicle Tips

Prepare to Drive
  • Familiarize yourself with all controls and set the mirrors
  • Minimize distractions
  • Check road maps before entering traffic
  • Read your Owner's Manual
Regular Maintenance Maximizes Safety and Your Trade-In Value

Regularly check basic items:

  • Oil and oil filter
  • Coolant and fluids for brakes, transmission, and power steering
  • Spark plugs, battery connections, and fuses
  • Filters, belts, and hoses
  • Tire pressure, tread wear, and tire rotation; don't forget the spare!
  • Headlights and taillights
  • Stop and turn signals
  • Windshield wipers and fluid

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Tips

Here are tips about Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to help you and your Subaru maintain a long-term relationship.

Avoid AWD Overconfidence

AWD gives you exceptional traction in just about any driving situation. However, inclement
weather with slippery roads can be a problem even for AWD. Reduce speed and
maintain ample distance from other vehicles.

Towing Your Vehicle

Do not tow an AWD vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission having any of its wheels on the ground. Never tow with only two wheels on the ground or on a dolly.Instead, haul AWD vehicles with all four wheels off the ground on trailers or flatbed trucks. Put the transmission in Park (automatic)
or in gear (manual). Apply the parking brake. (You can tow a manual model with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in Neutral.)

State Emission Testing

Never test an AWD vehicle on a two-wheel dynamometer. States using them will exempt full-time  AWD vehicles like your Subaru or offer an alternative. Four-wheel dynamometer testing is approved. See your dealer for information regarding emission testing in your state.

Watch Those Boots!

Boots at the ends of axle shafts protect your AWD system from dirt, moisture, and road debris, which can get into broken, torn, or split boots and cause damage. Have your dealer check the boots every time your vehicle is serviced.

If you would like to learn more on how to maximize the life of your Subaru, check out our Caring for Your Subaru  page.
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