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How Serious are Dashboard Warning Lights?

If a dashboard warning light comes on, should I pull over and call a tow truck?

It depends on the color of the light. A red light means you need to seek service immediately.  There are two courses of action to take here. If it's a warning light related to your engine, such as an oil pressure or engine temperature warning, pull over as soon as it's safe, turn off your engine and…
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Safe Driving Practices for Autumn

Seasonal weather changes and the end of daylight saving time can make autumn driving unpredictable. The following guidelines provided by the AARP can help you stay safer and more aware on the roads this fall.

Watch out for leaves. Once leaves become wet, they can present slippery and dangerous driving conditions. Watch for patches of wet leaves on the road or on road lines.

Stay alert on the road. The end of daylight saving time…
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Your Owner's Manual

Your Subaru owner's manual may not be at the top of your reading list, but it delivers important, model-specific information for your Subaru. Get valuable information about your car's features, including instructions and warnings. You may even discover some new features you didn't know you have!

If you purchased a used Subaru (2000 model or newer) that didn't come with an owner's manual or you misplaced the original, Subaru.com…
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Summer Travel Tips

Check the tires including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. 

 

Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system. 

 

Check filters…

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When should I change my wiper blades?

Most of the time the answer is NOW because you are driving in a heavy rain storm and realize that they aren’t doing their job.

The next day is sunny and the wipers are forgotten about again until the next storm.

Wiper blades and inserts are a maintenance item that should be checked and or changed periodically. Most manufactures recommend at least once a year. 
Wipers should be checked monthly and cleaning with a…
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The Little Things Make a Big Difference


Battery: When the water turns cold, a strong batter is able to deliver enough power to start a cold engine.

Belts and Hoses: A new belt and/or hose can keep engines cool, maintain power steering and strengthen the electrical charging system.

Oil and Air Filters: Clean oil filters improve fuel efficiency and acceleration. Clean air filters help improve airflow from the cabin vents and prints allergens from entering the cabin's air stream. 

Tire…
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Importance of Maintaining Your Vehicle

Properly maintaining your vehicle can do more than improve its performance. It can also improve your fuel economy. Ask about our FREE multi-point service inspection.

We look at items like these that can have a big impact on your gas mileage:

Tires: Properly inflated tires are safer, last longer and can improve mileage by 3%.

Alignment: Have your tires periodically balanced and aligned for proper performance, longer tire life and improved fuel efficiency.

Air Filter: A clogged air filter makes your engine work harder and use more fuel. Replacing a dirty air filter can improve mpg by as…
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Get Your Battery Winter Ready


Your car's battery is the heart of its electrical system. Lights, defrosters and wipers used for extended  periods place high demands on the charging system.

In extreme temperatures ...

  • Batteries lose about half their strength
  • Demands on batteries are increased
  • Engine-cranking power is reduced
  • Engine oil thickens, which makes engine turnover difficult
  • Fuel is cold and doesn't vaporize well
  • Battery recharging efficiency is reduced

If you're concerned about the condition of your vehicle…

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Why have your brake fluid serviced


Brake fluid naturally absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. As the moisture content increases, the fluids boiling point decreases. Overtime braking performance can deteriorate due to inadequate heat dissipation. In addition, increased moisture content can contribute to deposit formations and corrosion inside brake components. Since Brake fluid moisture absorption is unavoidable, many manufacturers recommend a fluid exchange as part of their service intervals.


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