Routine maintenance is important to keeping your car running smoothly, but it can be a bit confusing to keep track of all of your car's maintenance requirements. Here are a few questions that often come up when it comes to servicing your car and the right answers from Grand Subaru:
How often do I really need to get my oil changed?
We've all heard the standard answer, which is every three months or 3,000 miles, but for new Subaru models, this isn't true. All 2011 and newer Foresters; 2012 and newer Imprezas; 2013 and newer Outbacks, Legacys, Crosstreks and BRZs; and all turbo models are required to use synthetic oil.
For most of these models, Subaru recommends the first oil change at 3,000 miles, the second oil change at 7,500 miles, and every oil change after that at 7,500 miles. Check your owner's manual for the oil change schedule specific to your Subaru model.
When do I need to have my brakes checked?
Obviously, your brakes are one of the most important parts in your car, and neglecting them can cause serious issues, which is why it is so important to know when to have them replaced.
Many brake pads have a built-in safety feature called a wear indicator. This is a small piece of a metal that will cause a high-pitched squealing sound when your brake pads are wearing too thin. When you hear this sound, schedule a service appointment as soon as you can.
Other sounds of brake wear include vibration in your steering while braking, increased braking distances, feeling your car "pull" to one side or the other when stopping, and a weak emergency brake. If you notice any of these issues, have your brakes inspected for any issues.
When do I need to replace my tires?
The average tires will last about 40,000 miles; however, this can vary based on your driving habits, the weight of your car, and weather conditions. The simplest way to know if your need new tires is to check the tread (use the penny trick) and look for signs of excessive wear, like bulging or cracks in the sidewall.