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Subaru Oil Change Intervals, Again.

Subaru Oil change interval information, per Subaru for the 2011 and 2012 models. This question continues to come up so I thought it would be good to post the information directly from Subaru below. First of all I would like to point out the fine print. “Proper oil change intervals vary with vehicle type, driving conditions, and the kind of oil you are using– conventional or synthetic. This chart provides

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Subaru Service Seattle: Subaru Fuel Economy Concerns in the Winter Months

  Fuel Economy Concerns during the winter. We seldom have multiple days of cold weather in the Puget Sound region let alone weeks; as such there have been a lot of fuel economy concerns expressed over the last few days, so I thought I would try to explain why your Subaru has such a dip in economy during the colder weather. When the temperature is below 40 degrees it just

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Subaru Cold Weather Fuel Smell

Pictured below is the fuel line under the bracket that bolts to the intake manifold on the passenger side of the 2000 to 2004 Legacy and Outback models. I have mentioned this before as being problematic for minor fuel leaks that create a major fuel smell mostly during cold weather. As the temperature has just dropped in the Puget Sound region we have already seen this three times in three

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Subaru Service Seattle: Winterize Your Subaru

Now is the time, not the day of, or the day before your next trip up the mountains or over the hill and through the woods to Grandmothers house, or the day after your news station is predicting a huge storm event, to make sure your Suby is ready for the worst Mother Nature can throw at it. Here are some items that should be serviced, or inspected, as well

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Subaru check engine light scan tool link

Subaru Service Seattle: Subaru Ownership Tip

We receive a lot of questions about the check engine light coming on both from local customers and from Subaru owners across the country.  The one thing I constantly find myself try to convey is that with out knowing what code is set there is not much that can be done.  The light is merely an indication  that the Engine Management Computer has set a code and needs to be

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Subaru Service Seattle; Have Your Subaru Inspected Before The Warranty Expires!

  Having your car inspected prior to the warranty expiring is a very important and often overlooked step on the way to obtaining real value for your Subaru purchasing dollar. Let’s face it new Subaru’s are pretty expensive these days and are often financed for 7 years or longer. The last thing you want to have deal with when your warranty expires is an expensive repair. A thorough inspection can

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Subaru Transmission Repair

Subaru Repair Seattle; Transmission housing repair kit

  Although it’s not all that common for the input shaft, sometimes referred to as the snout or quill pictured below to become worn, when it does it can be expensive to the uninformed.   What we have observed is this type of repair is on the rise, and whether that’s from inferior repairs such as not enough lubrication applied to the input housing and throw out bearing during the

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Subaru Brake Line Recall

  Here is some information about the latest in a series of  Recalls from Subaru.   DETROIT — Subaru of America is recalling about 200,000 Legacy and Outback sedans and wagons from model years 2005-2009 to check for corroded brake lines. Subaru, a division of Japan’s Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, said the vehicles were sold in 20 “salt belt” states, mainly in the Northeast and Midwest, and most were built

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Dont Drip & Drive Subaru!

Subaru Service Seattle: Fix That Leak Campaign!

    The Washington State Department of ecology has decided to get serious about educating drivers about how their car could be affecting the environment.   The DOE (Department of Ecology) has turned to ASA and its members to help get the word out as well as offer an incentive to repair vehicles that are potentially leaking fluid. Don’t Drip & Drive. Fix That Leak! This April, improve your cars safety and reliability

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Failed Subaru Radiator cap

Subaru Service Seattle: Check Your Radiator Cap!

Pictured below is a radiator cap that created a caused the cooling system in a second generation Outback to no longer function as designed.  This is a commonly overlooked cooling system component and should be inspected at a minimum of every year. If you look at the seal on the cap pictured to the left you can see where it has grown in size from new. One challenge is, the waiting oil change  does

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