Service and Parts Frequently Asked Questions Ruge's Subaru

You may have a few questions on your mind if you are considering visiting a Subaru service center for routine maintenance and auto repairs. To help our drivers in Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Millbrook, and other surrounding areas, we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you don’t see an answer to your question, contact our Subaru dealer to speak with one of our customer service reps.

Q. How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Anywhere between 5,000-7,500 miles or every 6 months for most cars, you should change out the oil. You may be able to go further in between oil changes in newer vehicles using synthetic oil. However, older cars using conventional oil may require frequent changes around 3,000-5,000 miles.

Q. Why Does My Check Engine Light Come On?

A common reason your check engine light comes on is if your gas cap wasn’t put on tightly the last time you filled the tank. This can affect the pressure in the fuel-delivery system triggering a warning. It might also be caused by a failing catalytic converter or faulty spark plugs. It’s best to bring your vehicle to a local mechanic for a diagnostic test.

Q. How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?

A general rule of thumb is to have your brakes checked whenever you rotate your tires - around every 6 months. Going long periods without replacing your brake pads will severely reduce your car’s stopping power, wearing down the brake discs, and can lead to costly repairs later on. You may need inspections more frequently depending on the road you drive on, the conditions, and your driving style.

Q. Why Should I Service My Vehicle At A Dealership?

Servicing your vehicle at a car dealership is one of the best ways to ensure you get factory-trained technicians working on your car and the use of original equipment manufactured parts. At Ruge’s Subaru, you’ll enjoy the benefits of certified technicians who specialize in all things Subaru, and state-of-the-art equipment to get your vehicle back on the road quickly.

Q. What is Checked On A Vehicle Safety Inspection?

A vehicle safety inspection covers all the features of your car that make it safe to operate. Our technicians will check the brakes, battery, exhaust, filters, fluids, lights, tires, and anything your vehicle needs to function properly. Inspections are required to renew your car’s registration, and it also helps protect you, your passengers, and others on the road.

Q. Do I Need An Appointment To Get My Car Serviced?

No, you don’t need an appointment to get your vehicle serviced at our Subaru service center. Walk-ins are accepted, just be aware that wait times vary based on the time of day and how many vehicles we currently are working on. We do encourage scheduling a service appointment beforehand so that we can accommodate your schedule and needs.

Q. Why Should I Buy Genuine OEM Parts?

OEM Subaru parts are designed for your specific make and model to keep your car performing at its best. The auto parts we carry in our service center meet Subaru standards for safety and quality, so you can be confident that they will fit properly and won’t be as likely to break down as opposed to after-market parts.

Q. What Is The Correct Tire Pressure For Me?

The ideal tire pressure varies from one vehicle to the next, most passenger cars will recommend 32 psi to 35 psi. You can find the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure on a sticker that’s usually on the door jamb of the driver’s side. Knowing what tire pressure your car requires is important because it affects the performance and safety of your vehicle.

Q. How Long Do Tires Last?

The average all-season tires last about 5 years or between 30,000-75,000 miles. The life span of your tires is attributed to their manufacturer, the terrain you drive on, weather conditions, environment, driving style, maintenance, etc.

Signs to keep an eye on for when you might need new tires: low pressure, performance with losing traction, the ratio of tread remaining, or constantly having to fill them up with air are indicators of worn-out tires.


Have Other Questions? Contact Our Subaru Service Center Near Red Hook, NY Today!

The service team at Ruge’s Subaru is ready to work with you. Feel free to contact us by phone or online, and we’ll be with you promptly.

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