Subarus are one of the best vehicles to have during winter. With their advanced all-wheel-drive system they can tackle almost any type of road condition you throw at them. However, preparing your Subaru for winter is vital to getting the most out of it regarding reliability and safety.
While in Auburn, we don’t see as much snow as around the rest of the country, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t travel to places that will. So being ready for wherever the road takes you is crucial. At M45 Automotive, we have put together a short list of items you should have done before the temperatures start to drop and wintery weather makes an appearance.
Tire Inspection/ Rotation/ Change
The tires are possibly the most critical part to your Subaru. They are what connects your car to the road. If you have ever driven a car with bald tires, you know the experience isn’t the same as having a new set on all four corners. Winter can bring a mixture of snow and rain, making the road conditions slippery, if your tires aren’t in good condition, hydroplaning can be a considerable risk. In addition to this dangerous situation, you won’t get as good of traction with lower tread tires.
Preparing for winter should start with an inspection of your tires to ensure adequate tread, even wear, or find out if replacement is necessary. Tire rotations are great for distributing even wear on tires and getting the max life out of them, this service should be done periodically every 15k miles.
Because our Subarus features an AWD system, it is recommended that all four tires be replaced at the same time. This will give you the best handling and driving experience as well as optimal safety on the road. M45 Automotive offers inspection services on all the critical components of your Subaru including tire inspections.
Battery and Charging System Inspection
While you wouldn’t link your Subaru’s charging system with winter, the drops in temperature can affect how your car starts and charges. Batteries are perhaps the most prone to cold conditions, so having them checked beforehand can prevent a morning of frustration with not being able to get your car started.
Special Attention To The Cooling System
While during summer it is mandatory to have the cooling system working flawlessly, winter brings about a new set of challenges. It is wise to have the cooling system flushed, and filled with new antifreeze for the best protection of your car’s engine and cooling system components. Most automotive experts recommend this service every two years or every other winter season.
Service Heating System
In summer having a heater that works is a non-issue, but come winter time, having a working heater is essential. Before the temps start to drop, if you have a problem with the heater system, bring it by for Subaru auto repair. Items like a blower motor or heater core could be the issue causing your heating system to not function as it should. Having these parts repaired or replaced will guarantee a more comfortable driving experience.
Oil changes are must, all year around. However, if your Subaru was running a thinner weight oil for summer, you may want to switch to a heavier weight oil for winter to ensure better performance and care for the life of your engine.
Lastly but certainly not least, have your brakes inspected before winter. Because of the difference in temperature and more moisture on the ground, you will want to ensure your Subaru has the best stopping power possible. A technician will look over the key components of your braking system like pads, rotors, and calipers. He or she will also make sure your fluid is at the correct level, and fill if needed.