All Wheel Drive Auto https://allwheeldriveauto.com Seattle Area Independent Subaru Repair & Service Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:07:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Subaru Service Seattle, Saturday Subaru Service https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-saturday-subaru-service/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-saturday-subaru-service/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:07:48 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=8601 Big Changes are coming to All Wheel Drive Auto!

Subaru Service On Saturday!

Starting February 10th we will be open on Saturdays for Subaru Service & Repair Appointments, as well as retail parts sales. In addition to that, we will be opening earlier and staying open later to make getting to us to service your Subaru more convenient.

Starting Monday February 5th our hours will be

Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Feedback from you, our valued customers is ultimately what drove this decision to make it easier for you to come see us for your Subaru Needs.

We thank you for the feedback, and we hope the changes make life a little easier.

Sincerely,

Justin

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Subaru Service Seattle: When should I replace the Struts on my Subaru? https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-when-should-i-replace-the-struts-on-my-subaru/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-when-should-i-replace-the-struts-on-my-subaru/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:31:07 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=8562 When should I replace the Struts on my Subaru?

Subaru Strut that has lost its charge

Leaking Subaru Strut

 

This question comes up a lot, everyday it seems, and there really isn’t an easy one size fits all kind of an answer.  Struts can develop a leak of the hydraulic fluid and start making noise over bumps or an immediate change in how your Subaru performs may be noticed as well. Struts can also slowly over time start to lose the gas charge creating a “weak strut” and because this happens slowly over time the driver also slowly adjusts to how poorly the Subaru actually handles now.  In the NW we have so many potholes, so many challenging road conditions with rain, sand and debris. Struts greatly affect so much of how your Subaru feels, it starts with how it handles, but how it handles also affects how well the brakes perform, and most notably in a “panic brake” type situation, something all to common on around here.  Anytime there are signs of fluid leaking from the Struts they really should be replaced, and other than a break or bend in the strut due to some sort of an accident, Fluid leaks are really the only visual sign indicating a strut replacement is warranted there is.

 

From there it’s knowing how the car should perform Vs what it is doing now. These are some but not all of the indications that perhaps your Struts have become weak.

 

  • Does your Subaru make you question your “sea legs” when making a lane change, or seem to sway excessively ?
  • When going into or coming out of a corner do you feel safe and stable.
  • In a sudden slow down from higher speeds or even low speeds to stop, does the car lean forward aggressively?
  • Do you hear excessive noise over bumps or potholes?

Why don’t shops bring this up more?

I mentioned earlier that Struts are a huge part of how your Subaru performs, and with that comes an expense when they need to be replaced, and that fact more than any other makes shops reluctant to talk to you about Struts when we are also monitoring all of the other systems you inevitably have to invest in.  Unlike the old days with shocks, struts take quite a bit longer to replace and do require the springs be compressed to change the Strut assembly.  Also because you may not be complaining about how the car feels, shops will most likely only bring it up when it’s very obvious, such as leaks, or very noticeable symptoms while driving. The Strut assembly is both a housing and a cartridge, the design is such that there is a spring in the way of performing any real test of the cartridge to determine if it has become weak.

Subaru Strut Replacement

Subaru Strut Replacement

A Jounce test while pushing on either the front or rear bumper can be done but will not yield very good results.

Now there are going to many individuals with varying degrees of opinions on this.  Ours is that the Struts should be inspected as often as possible for signs of leakage and also be evaluated yearly once the car has over 100,000 miles or is at least 7 years old for performance related problems.  We are offering a free strut evaluation as well as discounts to replace the Struts if needed for the next couple of months.  You can schedule below as well.

Thanks for reading

-Justin

Subaru Alignment Special

Subaru Strut Replacement Special

Subaru Service Appointments

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Subaru Service Seattle; Let Us Be Your Second Opinion! https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-let-us-be-your-second-opinion/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:08:51 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=8398

The Takata Airbag recall continues to grow for Subaru and other car manufactures as well.

This is a much bigger boon for the car maker then you might think.  When you arrive at the Subaru Dealer to have your free recall performed, they will in all cases perform a complimentary inspection and advise you about the list of things your Subaru needs, and in many cases we are seeing an alarming trend of items recommended that are just not needed or have already been done.  This includes some of our loaner cars, which was part comical, part annoying, and 100% in the wrong.   

We are suggesting to all of our customers and all of our readers to be very wary of this, and do not feel compelled to do everything or anything the Subaru dealer is telling you, I mean after all your car drove in didn’t it?  Let us or another Independent Subaru expert be your second opinion, you may very well find that many of the items the Subaru dealer is pressuring to perform are not needed at this time, can be put off for another day or are just “busy work”  type of suggestions.

Over the last couple of years but even more so lately we have witnessed large lists from a Subaru dealer that we have been able to whittle down to just a few immediate items while monitoring the rest.  We have seen the Dealer recommended maintenance services just blindly based on mileage and not actual needs, only to discover the 60k service was already performed, sometimes at another dealer!

We are offering a free “while you wait” service to verify the needs the Subaru Dealer is telling you that you that your Subaru needs.

You can schedule Below or call us at 425 828 3600

Thanks for Reading

-Justin

Subaru Service Appointments

Schedule your next service here or call: 425-828-3600.
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When Should I Winterize My Subaru? https://allwheeldriveauto.com/when-should-i-winterize-my-subaru/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:18:09 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=8247
 

When Should I Winterize My Subaru?

Winter Driving in a Subaru

 

The Climate during the Winter is pretty mild here in the Pacific North West, I mean let’s face it, we are not going to spend 3 to 4 months under a sheet of ice and snow or suffer many blizzards. We have it pretty good in terms of Winter Weather here, but don’t let the mild weather distract you from just how important it is to Winterize your Subaru, and there really is no better time than now to beat the winter freeze.

Just like its better to disconnect the hose from the spigot at your house before it freezes, it’s really better to service your Subaru prior to it freezing outside. So there really isn’t a better time to service your Subaru for Winter then now.

This includes

*Testing the Coolant freeze protection level.
*Inspecting the condition of the coolant and cooling system.
*Checking and servicing as needed the engine oil.
*Checking the tires for tread depth and proper air pressure.
*Testing the battery.
*Inspecting and ensuring all of your Subaru’s lights work so you can be seen in the dark.
*Checking the wipers for smearing, streaks or tears in the blade.
*Inspecting the rest of your Subaru’s vital fluids.
*Inspecting all rubber components including belts and hoses for age and wear.

Depending on how you will use your Subaru this winter, we may want to consider other items.

*Do you need Snow tires?
*Are winter wiper blades a better option for you?
*Do you have any long road trips planed to see family during the holiday season?
*If your Subaru has over 150k, have the hoses and radiator ever been replaced?

Items that seemed to work just fine yesterday, can quickly fail during or after a cold front rolls through, the most common things are weak batteries preventing your Subaru from starting and aged coolant hoses turning into a leak or worse an overheat situation. Understanding where your Subaru needs are ahead of winter is really the best way to get through it.

Keep in mind if you own a Subaru with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, it’s not uncommon to see the light come on during a cold morning, as the temperature drops so does the tire pressure and it may need to be corrected.

Some tips for winter driving include

*Try to have have more than ½ a tank of gas this minimizes condensation in the fuel tank and helps rear traction as well.
*Try not to drive in the snow if your tires have less than 4/32 of tread life remaining.
*When you shut the Subaru off for the night, first turn off your wipers and headlights.
*When you start your Subaru up cold in the morning or after it’s sat for the day, say up at the pass, make sure your wipers are off and the lights are off prior to starting this is not only good for the battery but it also prevents the wipers from becoming damaged.
*Make sure you have an emergency kit in the car especially if you are taking a road trip, this includes a blanket, water and a flashlight.
*Deicer is a great thing to have around this time of year, not only can you use it to deice the window, it can help with frozen door locks and stubborn doors, keeping a can not in your Subaru is the best advice here.

If you own a newer Model Subaru and you are looking for a tire chain alternative you might try the Auto Sock

 

Remember after a trip up the pass, or after a lowland snow event it’s very important to wash your Subaru, the chemicals used to deice the roads can be very harmful to your Subaru’s exterior.

Whether you need to have your Subaru winterized or just need an oil change before the weather gets bad, here are a couple of coupons to help you out.

Subaru Service Coupon

Subaru Winter Service Special

Subaru Service Appointments

Schedule your next service here or call: 425-828-3600.
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2015 Subaru Impreza WRX & STI SubWoofer Recall https://allwheeldriveauto.com/2015-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-subwoofer-recall/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:59:20 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=8261 Some owners of the 2015 Model year Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX  STI might be receiving recall notices for all things a speaker.

The fix involves checking the wiring to the Subwoofer, installing a retaining clip as needed and replacing any damaged Sub Woofers.

If you want to see if your vehicle is affected your best bet is to call 1 800 Subaru 3 or check with your local Subaru dealer.  Be sure to have your Vin Number handy.

Thanks for reading

 

-Justin

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Subaru Extending The Warranty For Owners With A CVT Transmissions https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-extending-the-warranty-for-owners-with-a-cvt-transmissions/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-extending-the-warranty-for-owners-with-a-cvt-transmissions/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:18:29 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=7819 Subaru is Extending the warranty for Owners of certain Subaru models with the CVT transmission.

Subaru CVT

The extended warranty covers the 2010-15 Legacy and Outback; 2015 Legacy and Outback with 3.6 liter H6; the 2012-15 Impreza; 2013-15 Crosstrek; 2014-15 Crosstrek Hybrid; 2014-15 Forester with 2.5 liter four-cylinder; 2014-15 Forester with turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder and 2015 WRX 2.0.

In 2014 Subaru issued a  TSB ( Technical Service Bulletin ) Subaru TSB 16-90-13 regarding a stalling situation in 2010-2012 Models with the CVT, but it was only covered under the original 5 year 60,000 mile warranty.  We have made several of these repairs, but really mostly to 2010 and 2011 models.

This newest development must mean that Subaru expects the problem could affect more vehicles and is extending the warranty to offer piece of mind.  I will add that I am surprised this has not triggered a recall, as typically speaking a stalling event is a safety concern and generally results in one.

SOA (Subaru Of America) will be sending letters to customer’s with affected vehicles that states if the car is not having an issue it does not need to go to a Dealership.  I also think its very important to point out that it could be a tricky situation to get this covered if at say 90k, the CVT has an issue and the Dealer states the fluid is dirty and caused the failure, I would, as always advise you that the fluid while having a longer service interval then prior models, is not a “lifetime fluid” and you should have it inspected, and or replaced by 60k, and checked or replaced every 30k from that point on.  Remember in the fine print in the owners manual it states that I = inspect, correct or replace, not just inspect!

The good news is that if you have had to pay for the repair, Subaru has stated you are eligible for reimbursement.  We will notifying our local customers of this, and I hope where ever you take your Subaru they do the same.

Thanks for reading

-Justin

 

 

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Subaru Service Seattle, Winterize Your Subaru At All Wheel Drive Auto https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-winterize-your-subaru-at-all-wheel-drive-auto/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-winterize-your-subaru-at-all-wheel-drive-auto/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:07:26 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=6826 mounain-snow-picture

Fall is in full swing here in the great North West, before you know it the slopes will be covered with fresh powder, the mountain passes busy, and we may even get low land snow this year depending on which long range forecast you follow.

To help you make sure your Subaru is ready for the worst Mother Nature can throw at it, here are some items that should be serviced, or inspected, as well as a few suggested items for the cargo area.

  • First of all as winter approaches it’s important to remember to not let the fuel tank run lower than ¼ of a tank, the extra fuel in the tank aids in rear traction, and the less air in the tank, the less moisture and the more stable the fuel will be on those cold morning startups this is especially important anywhere Ethanol is used as a “winter blend”.  Next if we experience any severe weather, knocking out power to gas stations you’ll want a full tank!
  • Carry a tire pressure gauge, be ready in case you encounter snow, a good way to increase traction is to lower the tire pressure a few pounds in each tire, maintaining even pressure at all 4 tires.  The tires should have a good inspection, if you run all season tires rather than a set of winter tires you will want tread depth above 4/32 or the tire may struggle to displace snow.  Know that during cold weather it’s very possible to see the Low Tire Pressure light come on if your Subaru is equipped with the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
  • Start out winter with Fresh oil.  The cold of winter can be very hard on your engines oil, the single easiest way to combat this is have an oil change done even if it’s a little early at the start of winter.  If you are close to any Scheduled Maintenance such as a 30k service, do it early! Having fresh transmission fluid is a great idea in colder temperatures.
  • Inspect or have inspected your belts and hoses, cold weather is very hard on rubber.
  • Know where the freeze protection of your coolant is at; if it’s been more than 2 years since the coolant has been changed pre 2008 Models or 5 years post 2008 consider changing it now.
  • Have your battery tested, and the connections cleaned, the fact that the battery still starts the car does not mean it will once the temperature drops.  Batteries should be tested at extremes with a load tester at least twice a year.
  • Replace your wiper blades; being able to see in the rain or snow is very important. If they Streak or chatter they won’t get better on their own.  Make sure you have ample freeze protection in the windshield washer tank as well.
  • Check all of your external lights, being seen by others on the road is part of defensive driving.
  • Consult the owner’s manual regarding the use of chains for your model Subaru, if it’s advised for your car, buy a set if you don’t plan on running traction type tires, or buy them anyways just in case.  If you live in Washington State and have a Subaru model that can’t use standard cable chains ( which is the norm on newer models), consider this option from Auto Sock.

Aside from the cars factory tool kit, you should carry a flashlight, water, jumper cables and a few basic tools.  You can elaborate on this as much as you want to.

On days of heavy rain try and avoid standing water not only does it create a unsafe condition, the engine can become damaged if you ingest water through the intake.

Here are some coupons to help save some money while taking care of your Subaru this Winter.

Subaru Oil Change Coupon

Subaru Oil Change Coupon

Subaru Winterize Service Coupon

Subaru Winterize Service Coupon

Lastly, please stay safe out there!

-Justin and the crew at All Wheel Drive Auto

Helping you with your Subaru

Subaru Service Appointments

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Subaru Repair Seattle: Subaru Secondary Air Injection Recall https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-repair-seattle-subaru-secondary-air-injection-recall/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-repair-seattle-subaru-secondary-air-injection-recall/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:13:36 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=6818 Subaru Secondary Air Injection Recall

 

Subaru Secondary Air Injection Pump

Subaru Secondary Air Injection Pump

Subaru is recalling more than 100,000 of its top-selling models in the U.S. because a turbocharger air pump can run continuously, overheat and could cause fires.

The recall covers certain 2007 to 2009 Legacy and Outback vehicles, some 2008 to 2014 Impreza’s and certain 2009 to 2013 Foresters. All the cars and SUV’s have turbocharged engines. Subaru says in government documents that a relay controlling a secondary air injection pump can fail (due to failed contacts in the relay most likely), causing the pump to run continuously. If it overheats, it can melt and catch fire.

The company reported two fires in government documents but says it has no reports of any injuries. We know one of the affected cars was here in Washington State.

Dealers will replace the relay at no cost to owners. Subaru doesn’t have a schedule yet for the recall to begin. The company says owners who have concerns about the problem should contact their dealer. You can also call 1 800 Subaru 3 to learn if you have an affected vehicle, either way be sure to have your Vin Number ready before you call.

I would like to add that anyone with an affected vehicle that has installed “Secondary Air Injection Deletes” and has had a “tune” done to cancel the check engine light, you are potentially in a weird spot with a safety recall when you go to sell the car.

Thanks for reading

-Justin Stobb

Independent Subaru Expert

 

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Subaru Headlights Replaced For Free On Some 2010-2012 Subaru Legacy and Outbacks! https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-headlights-replaced-for-free-on-some-2010-2012-subaru-legacy-and-outbacks/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-headlights-replaced-for-free-on-some-2010-2012-subaru-legacy-and-outbacks/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:16:56 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=6641 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 3 for more information, be sure to have you VIN # ready when you call to see if your car is affected.  If you have an affected car and have had us replace your Headlight bulbs in the past and would like Subaru to reimburse you please email us service@allwheeldriveauto.com and we will be happy to email you copies of your receipts and you must do this by November of 2016.

I will add to please be on guard when going in to have the burned out bulbs replaced for free, this is an opportune time to be upsold something you really don’t need on your Subaru.

 

Thanks for Reading

 

-Justin

 

 

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Subaru Service Seattle: Oil Specifications 2011 to 2016 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-oil-specifications-2011-to-2016/ https://allwheeldriveauto.com/subaru-service-seattle-oil-specifications-2011-to-2016/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:50:36 +0000 https://allwheeldriveauto.com/?p=5416 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 need to be done yet. To those I would say they should read what the car maker is actually saying.

I thought I would post the most current Subaru Document that specify the type of oil to use in which Model Subaru

Subaru Oil Specifications up to 2016

Subaru Oil Specifications up to 2016

As well as a link to a printable PDF.

2014.2015 Oil Specs

The schedule is for normal use I will add, please refer to the owners manual for the definitions of normal use to determine if how you use your Subaru is “normal” or “Severe”

I would also like to note the following, synthetic oil can be used in place of conventional or blend, but the intervals do not change.

If you follow the normal use schedule be sure to at least check your oil post last oil change at what ever interval makes sense to how you use the car, for some this is every other tank of fuel, for others they now there Subaru uses no oil until 3000 miles. DO what ever you want just done let your Subaru run low or to long on oil.

Hope that helps & Thanks for reading!

-Justin

Subaru Service Appointments

Schedule your next service here or call: 425-828-3600.
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