Whether you're a proud owner of an Outback, Forester, Impreza, or any other Subaru model, maintaining your vehicle is essential to ensure its longevity and optimal performance. In this quick guide, we'll take you through a series of essential maintenance tips, covering routine checks, recommended service intervals, and DIY tasks that every Subaru owner should be familiar with.

Routine Maintenance:

  1. Oil Changes:Subaru recommends regular oil changes to keep your engine running smoothly. Aim for an oil change every 6,000 miles or 6 months, depending on your driving habits. Regular oil changes prevent engine wear and improve fuel efficiency.

  2. Air Filter Replacement: The air filter plays a crucial role in maintaining engine health. Check and replace the air filter at every 12,000 miles, or more frequently if you drive in dusty conditions. A clean air filter ensures optimal fuel efficiency and engine performance.

  3. Tire Maintenance: Regularly check tire pressure and rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, depending on your driving habits. Proper tire maintenance improves fuel efficiency, extends tire life, and ensures a smooth and safe ride. Don't forget to perform a visual inspection for signs of uneven wear or damage, especially before winter!

  4. Brake System Inspection: Inspect your brake pads and rotors every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. Squeaking or grinding sounds may indicate the need for immediate attention. Keeping your brake system in top condition is crucial for your safety on the road.

Recommended Service Intervals

  1. Transmission Fluid Flush: Subaru recommends a transmission fluid flush every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on your vehicle model. Regular maintenance of the transmission fluid ensures smooth gear shifts and extends the life of your transmission.

  2. Coolant System Check: Subaru recommends regular oil changes to keep your engine running smoothly. Aim for an oil change every 6,000 miles or 6 months, depending on your driving habits. Regular oil changes prevent engine wear and improve fuel efficiency.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  3. Timing Belt Replacement: If your Subaru has a timing belt, it’s important to replace it as recommended in your owner's manual, typically between 60,000 and 105,000 miles. A failing timing belt can lead to severe engine damage, so timely replacement is crucial. Most Subaru models newer than 2012-2013 have a timing chain, rather than a timing belt!

  4. Spark Plug Replacement: Subaru recommends replacing spark plugs every 60,000 miles. Fresh spark plugs improve fuel efficiency, engine performance, and reduce the risk of misfires.

DIY Tips for Subaru Owners:

  1. Battery Maintenance: Be sure to check your battery terminals for any type of corrosion. Ensure the battery is securely fastened, and consider replacing it every 3 to 5 years. We can offer a diagnostic test to check on your battery’s health the next time you are in for service on your vehicle here in Rhinebeck.

  2. Cabin Air Filter Replacement: Replace the cabin air filter at about every 12,000 miles, or more often if you drive in areas with high pollution or pollen levels. A clean cabin air filter improves air quality inside your vehicle. Even if you do less than average driving, cars that tend to sit can also get a build up of pollutants as well.

  3. Wiper Blade Replacement: Inspect and replace your wiper blades every 6 to 12 months, or sooner if they show signs of wear. Clear visibility is crucial for safe driving, especially during adverse weather conditions.

  4. Exterior and Interior Care: Regularly wash and wax your Subaru to protect the paint and finish. Clean the interior, including carpets and upholstery, to maintain a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing driving environment.

By following these essential maintenance tips for your Subaru, you can ensure that your vehicle remains in prime condition for years to come. Remember to consult your owner's manual for specific recommendations tailored to your model. Regular maintenance not only preserves the performance and longevity of your Subaru but also enhances your driving experience. Stay tuned for more valuable tips to keep your Subaru running smoothly on the road ahead!

To schedule a service appointment with us here in Rhinebeck, NY please visit rugessubaru.com or call us at 845-876-7074.