Fuel Mileage Tips

Engine Performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.

Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer.

Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and…
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When was the last time you checked your lights?

With the time change, more people are driving in the dark. Some, really in the dark with their lights out. My commutes from work are now in the dark and I have noticed numerous cars with tail lights, brake lights and even headlights that are not working. 

Don't be that person in front of me without any tail lights. Have your lights checked today and stay safe during your Holiday travels. You can turn…
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Cold Weather Driving Tips

Check your battery.
When the temperature drops, so does battery power. For gasoline-powered engines, be aware that it takes more battery power to start your vehicle in cold weather than in warm. For electric and hybrid vehicles, the driving range is reduced and the battery systems work better after they warm up. Make sure your battery is up to the challenges of winter by:
Having your mechanic check your battery for sufficient voltage.
Having the…
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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,…
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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. 

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