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Should Subaru Develop a Diesel Vehicle for the US?

  Should Subaru Develop a Diesel Vehicle for the US? I seem to get a quite a few questions about whether or not there will ever be a Boxer diesel imported into the U.S. by Subaru?  The answer is no one really knows for sure and that includes Subaru, they did initially plan on doing so but the market place changed in a few different ways in 2011 with those

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Subaru Piston Slap

  If you have owned a Subaru for any length of time you may have heard the term “Piston Slap”. In the video below I try to demonstrate what piston slap is and what causes it as well as the compression rings and oil control rings on a Subaru piston.   I want to stress that piston slap can be inherent in many other makes and models but because Subaru does

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Subaru Forester Seat Belt Recall

  Here is some basic information in regards to the  Subaru Forester Seat Belt Recall, this affects the current era Forester. Its a big one affecting a lot of cars, so it would be good to get in line. Subaru is issuing a recall for 275,000 Foresters today, built between November 26, 2007 and March 13,2012. NHTSA cites a fault in the automatic locking retractor in the rear center seat

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Subaru Timing Belt Tensioner

Subaru Timing Belt Tensioner Failure

  Below are a couple of pictures of a failed Timing belt idler we recently replaced, because it came out of a Subaru with a manual transmission there is a belt guide just above the crankshaft sprocket that prevented the belt from coming off, so this driver was very lucky, had it been an automatic model the belt would have come off causing valve damage.  I will add that we do still see Subaru

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Subaru Piston and rings

Why Does My Subaru Use Oil?

  Why Does My Subaru Use Oil? For this article I am focusing on oil consumption and not external leaks from the engine, meaning if you check your oil, find it low, it’s not due for an oil change and there are no major visible leaks found with your engine, than this article applies. If you’re a good car owner you DO periodically check your oil, I suggest every other

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Seattle Subaru Winter Use Tips

  Just a couple of Quick tips about winter use and your Subaru Remember to turn off your wipers before shutting off your car when arriving at your destination, or you may find your wipers frozen to the windshield when the wiper motor comes on, when you start the car up next resulting in damage to the wipers linkage or motor. Its also a good idea to turn off the

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Rally Armor Flaps on 2012 Outback

2012 Subaru Outback With Rally Armor Mud Flaps Installed

  I recently finished installing a set  of Rally Armor Mud flaps on a 2012 Outback and wanted to post some pictures. They Look great really add to the vehicle and do a great job of protecting the sides of the vehicle from the elements.   The rear flaps do hang a bit low which I thought might be a concern in the snow, but because the flaps are so flexible that just isn’t the case, I am happy to report

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Subaru Outback Sway Bar Upgrade

2010 to 2012 Subaru Outback Rear Sway Bar Modification

  For some drivers, one of the complaints about the 2010 to current year Subaru Outback’s is that despite the rugged look it drives more like a butterfly floating through the air. There are a few simple things that can be done to enhance the feel for the driver, one is just increasing the tire pressure to something closer to the Max PSI rating for the tire VS the ratings

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Broken Subaru Clutch Disc

Why All Subaru Parts Are Not Created Equal

  At the shop one of the more common things we see, and hear about are repairs that just didn’t last.  Usually its “cheap part” related.    Such is the case with the  “Made in China”  clutch disc pictured below. This part lasted a little over a year, and is actually a clutch job we had previously quoted out and lost to a competitor due to our “perceived higher price”.  But when there was no

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Subaru Fall and Winter Driving Tips

  With some real snow forecasted  for the mountain passes and quite a bit of lower level rain and wind  coupled with this really being the first significant storm of this fall and winter I thought I would post a few tips that have helped me through the years get good service out of my Subaru and keep my family safe when the need to venture out  in bad weather

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