The All Wheel Drive Auto Blog

Subaru Service; A Better Bushing for Your Subaru

Up until 2004 Subaru used a pretty archaic suspension system, remaining relatively unchanged since 1989 in the Subaru Legacy.  In the front there is a strut, spring, and lower control arm fitted with a front position bushing, a lower ball joint, and a hydraulically activated rear bushing, which is prone to leaks after mileage and time. The system was limited by design and didn’t really allow much for handling. In

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Subaru Service, After the Snow

Well we just survived the first snow of 2020 and for some reason this one felt kinda bad for such a quick storm.  The snow seemed heavy, the very definition of “cascade concrete” and we already have had a lot of calls about Subarus that impacted curbs, have had trouble starting or worse overheating.  Winter weather can be brutal at times and for some of our customers this might be

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Seattle; Is your Subaru Ready for Winter?

The climate in the Puget Sound area during winter is usually pretty mild, we are just not going to spend 3 to 4 months under a sheet of ice and snow, rely on snowmobiles to get to work, or suffer many blizzards. Last year was the worst winter in years around here, but even then it was just a couple of weeks worth of weather towards the end of February

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Some thoughts on batteries and your Subaru

A funny thing happened to me this weekend, I had a dead battery on a 3 year old vehicle, our shop truck, the only non Subaru in the fleet. It wasn’t funny in the ha ha ha sense but just so ironic, as on a daily basis it seems we get to counsel a Subaru owner about the three year old battery in their Subaru no longer being up to

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Subaru Repair Seattle; Rodent Prevention Tips

As we exit Summer and enter Fall in the Puget sound area its very important to recognize this is the beginning of our rainy season in the Seattle area and I wanted to provide some tips on some of the things you should be on the look out for with your Subaru, and this starts with rodents. If you are new to the area, you may not be aware just

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Subaru Summer Driving Tips

As of Friday June 21st, most schools are out for the season and its Summertime in the Puget Sound area!  Most likely you have planned some sort of Summer vacation, or well we hope you have. If your vacation plans includes your Subaru,  here is something to consider: there’s just no such thing as a welcome surprise with your Subaru on a Summer road trip. We want to help you

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Subaru AC Maintenance Service

Understanding the importance of periodic maintenance for your Subaru’s Ac or also known as Climate Control System can go along way in preventing expensive repairs as well as ensuring the Ac works during the summer and the defrost works during the winter. The first thing to really understand is AC (Air Conditioning) is not really making something cold, it’s really creating pressure and heat and then drastically dropping the pressure,

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When Should I say goodbye to my Subaru?

This question actually comes up a lot, not just in terms of an older Subaru that you already own but also what older Subaru’s are still okay to buy. I recent discussion I had with a customer prompted me to try and help explain the difference between a Subaru you should own and drive as a daily commuter and one that is really turned itself into an enthusiasts car. You

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Subaru Cabin Filters & Winter

Did you know that your when you turn on the defrost it uses the A/C system? Have you noticed your windows fogging up or not clearing very well? Do you smell an odor when you first turn on your defrost or A/C? Mold and mildew can develop in your Subaru’s air conditioner and heater system.  The odor is most likely a build up of bacteria and debris that is deep

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Subaru Ownership Seattle; Subaru Tire Chains and Snow tires Revisited

Most modern Subaru vehicles cannot have tire chains installed. Which creates a lot of confusion when you see signs like these on the road. The hang up always seems to be that you bought your Subaru because it was All Wheel Drive and because it’s All Wheel Drive you never thought you would need to buy snow tires. In reality it is your best bet if you travel over the mountain

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