The All Wheel Drive Auto Blog

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; 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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Independent Seattle Subaru Service

Services We Provide Oil Changes Subaru Scheduled Maintenance, AKA 30/60/90k Service Subaru Head Gasket Repair Check Engine light Diagnoses & Repair Clutch Service Turbo Replacement Timing Belt Service Cv Axle & Boot Service ABS Light Diagnoses & Repair Air Bag Light Diagnoses & Repair Suspension System Service & Repair Power Steering Fluid Flush Light Bulb Replacement Head Lamp Lense Refinish Brake Service Struts/Shocks Replacement Transmission Repair, Rebuild & Replacement Wheel

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Subaru Service Seattle; Subaru Eyesight® Equipped Vehicles & Rock Chip Repairs

  As with any new technology there will always be things that are not known by many until stumbled upon on accident.  Such is the case with repairing rock chips on newer Subaru models equipped with Subaru’s new feature Eyesight ®.  This is not the entire windshield mind you, but just a portion of the windshield outlined in the TSB  from Subaru included with this post.   Most drivers would

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