The All Wheel Drive Auto Blog

Subaru Headlights Replaced For Free On Some 2010-2012 Subaru Legacy and Outbacks!

If you own a 2010-2012 Subaru Outback or Legacy Subaru is offering to replace the Headlights free of charge for 10 years from the date of purchase. Subaru will also reimburse the cost of prior replaced bulbs for affected vehicles as well. If you have an affected Subaru Vehicle you should have by now received a letter in the mail, in case you have not. You can call 1-800 Subaru

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Subaru Service Seattle: Oil Specifications 2011 to 2016

I have been receiving some bothersome comments to the Blog and through email as well. Generally speaking when I have 5 or more similar type comments, or questions I like to provide some factual information to help Subaru Owners. Lately I have heard a few instances where the dealer is either upselling conventional cars to synthetic oil, or not changing oil when it’s due citing it’s synthetic and it doesn’t

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Subaru Repair Seattle- Buying A Used Subaru The Right Way

I funny thing occurred yesterday at the shop.   A customer called us about a Subaru they were looking at.  The car was at a local used sales lot who informed the customer they could have it inspected, but just not by us? The customer thought this was kind of odd, especially since the lot wouldn’t specify why.  So the customer called us and told us the story.   I

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Subaru Repair Seattle: Understanding the Difference between a Recall and a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)

The word recall has been mentioned quite a bit in the media lately.  I thought it would be a good time to try and explain the difference between a Technical Service Bulletin or (TSB) and a Recall. In the link provided below you will see a typical document provided to all franchised Subaru dealers by SOA ( Subaru Of America).  In this example Subaru is letting Dealers know abut a

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Subaru Summer Season Driving tips

As Memorial day approaches, it marks the beginning of the Summer Driving season and for many that means it’s time to either begin or plan a road trip somewhere fun. The last thing anyone needs is a breakdown on the road, especially if it’s a road less traveled (which is very possible if you own a Subaru). Before venturing out to wherever your journey may take you and your family it’s

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Subaru Coolant and Conditioner

Subaru Repair Seattle: Don’t Overlook the Radiator

In early 2000 Subaru had some issues with external coolant leaks from the Head gaskets.  Subaru issued a Campaign (WWP-99) instructing Subaru Dealers to install a bottle of what they called coolant conditioner, which was essentially stop leak.  This kicked the can down the road if you will at best.   What we have seen over the last few years and even more so lately is that once the cooling

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Subaru Service Seattle; “Check Device” Error Message

We have encountered a few newer Model Subaru Outbacks (2010 to 2014) with a check device error message when a smart phone, tablet etc is plugged in.  This would include my 2012 Subaru Outback. Subaru just a couple of months ago put out a TSB ( Technical Service Bulletin) to help explain this.  There is no fix mind you, just an understanding of how heat affects the low voltage systems

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Subaru Service Seattle, Installing a Cabin Air Filter

Replacing the cabin air filter on a modern Subaru, say 2005 and up is now a normal part of routine Subaru maintenance. The first cabin filters appeared in the early LL Bean trim levels on the second generation Outback. Those were very cumbersome to change, this actually didn’t change until the current platform models for most of the Subaru line.   But here is what we have observed, even though

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Subaru Repair Seattle; Going the Extra Mile for you when the Subaru Dealer won’t!

    This week at the shop we had a 2013 Subaru Outback come here to us all the way from eastern Washington as the owner was not satisfied with the lack of service he was getting as his local Subaru dealer in regards to a noise he is hearing in his Subaru with 13,000 miles on it and obviously still covered under all applicable warranties from Subaru. The driver

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Subaru Repair Seattle; Subaru WRX Timing Belt Tensioner Failure

  Pictured below is a set of circumstances that led to a customer of a Subaru Impreza WRX having to spend some pretty serious money. An expense that could have been avoided, if only our advice was followed.   The Owner of the Subaru in question paid to have a Subaru Dealer replace thew timing belt on this WRX two years ago, the only thing that was replaced was in

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