Having you been looking for a complete checklist to help maintain your Subaru? Keeping your car running like new, is a top priority. When to have it serviced can depend on a few factors. Things like how you drive, what road you take your Subaru on, and how many miles you put on the car. It is essential that when it does come time to take your car in for its regular service maintenance visits that you do so at a shop that has skilled technicians. M45 Auto is proud to have ASE certified techs that are the best in the industry that deliver the highest level of service.
Why Is Regular Maintenance Important?
Think about how much you rely on your auto every day. Chances are you use it to go to work, the store, take children to school and activities, and a variety of other things. To get the most out of your purchase and keep your Subaru running as it should, regular maintenance is a must. The two main features to routine maintenance, the oil and air filter change, are critical components to preventing damage from occurring with the engine. The air filter allows the motor to breathe, while the oil serves as a cooling lubricant for the many movable parts inside the engine. By having regular maintenance, you can avoid costly problems and catastrophic failures.
When Should You Have Your Services Done?
It is extremely important for the longevity of your Subaru to keep up on your maintenance. For newer models, 2013 and up, the schedules are mostly the same for the critical features you need to have done, such as the oil change. When questioning whether or not to go over mileage, or to have it done before a particular point, it is almost always better to have it done before you hit that mileage marker.
Time Versus Mileage
You will often see that with vehicle manufacturers recommend taking your car in at a particular mileage milestone or after a certain amount of time. This can be confusing for some, and go with the option that allows them to delay service as long as possible. However, it is not wise to suspend service and instead take your Subaru in for service. A good rule of thumb when you see the recommended service intervals is to pick the one that allows you to get service sooner. For instance, if you don’t drive your auto very often, and therefore don’t accumulate mileage as fast as someone else that drives 100’s of miles a week, you will still need to bring your car in at the recommended time as stated from the Subaru.
Below is a short example of the recommended service intervals from Subaru, for all models 2013 and up. *Important note, Subaru doesn’t support the use of additives within the drivetrain system. This includes fuel additives as well as oil additives.
Regular maintenance under normal operating conditions:
- The Liberty & Outback (6 cylinder engines) – The initial lubrication service should be done at three months or 3,000 miles whichever comes first. You should have your Liberty & Outback serviced every six months or 7,500 miles after the initial service.
- The Forester, Impreza, Outback, WRX (4 cylinder)– These should be serviced every six months or 7,500 miles, whichever happens first.
- BRZ – The BRZ should be serviced every nine months or 9,000 miles whichever occurs first.
During your rountine service these following items will likely occur:
For more extensive services at higher mileage and performed every 60,000 to 90,000 miles you may also have done:
- Fuel injector cleaning
- Timing belt replacement
- Spark plug and wire replacement