Subaru Service

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Buying a Subaru does not end when you drive off the lot – at least, that is the case when you buy from Ruge’s Subaru. If you are looking for some seriously top-notch Subaru service to keep your beloved vehicle performing in peak form, then look no further than Ruge’s Subaru. We are proud to be your trusted partner in providing excellent Subaru maintenance and service. As big fans of the Subaru brand, we get that there are a lot of unique needs among Subaru owners, which is why we provide you with all the proper care, expertise, and quality service you and your Subaru deserve.

We are your one-stop destination for all things Subaru, including maintenance and service needs. Life on the road in and around Rhinebeck, NY, can take its toll on even the best vehicles, which is why we go all-out on keeping Subaru vehicles running in tip-top shape for years. Whether you are driving a Subaru Forester, Outback, WRZ, or any other model, we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to complete the job quickly and thoroughly. We have proudly served Subaru lovers for many years and believe our dedication to Subaru service is unparalleled. Our reputation as your local go-to dealership for new and used services and service and maintenance shows how much our customers trust us to handle their beloved vehicles.

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How Often Do You Need to Service Your Subaru?

It is important to keep your Subaru properly maintained since doing so increases its on-the-road safety, performance, and lifespan. Most of us know that there is some sort of service schedule set forth by Subaru for their various models, but there are some guidelines you need to keep in mind as you take care of your Subaru.

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Oil Changes

Consider engine oil the quintessential lifeblood of your Subaru’s engine. Your vehicle needs to have regular oil changes in order for the engine to maintain peak performance. Ideally, you should get your oil changed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. However, it is imperative that you consult the Subaru owner’s manual for your vehicle to see the manufacturer’s specific recommendations.

Tire Rotations

Your Subaru’s tires should be rotated every so often; this helps ensure that your Subaru delivers maximum handling capabilities and the tires experience even tread wear. Normally, it is recommended that you get your tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or as recommended by the manufacturer. Often, tire rotations are done at the same time as oil changes since they tend to fall within the same timeframe for service.

Brake Inspections

Bad brakes make for unsafe driving conditions. Getting regular brake inspections is critical for your safety – and the safety of others. You should inspect your brakes at each oil change just for good measure. Brake pads and rotors should be replaced as needed, which can vary depending on your vehicle and your unique driving habits. Better safe than sorry, right?

Air Filter Replacement

Air filters don’t get enough discussion when it comes to regular vehicle maintenance, but the truth is that your Subaru’s engine depends on the air filter being clean. A dirty air filter means the engine will not function as efficiently as it normally would. Based on driving conditions, you will need to replace the vehicle’s air filter roughly every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.

Fluid Checks

Checking your vehicle’s fluid levels is something that you can do on your own, but this can also be done when you bring it in for service. Regularly checking your Subaru’s essential fluids (such as transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid) and topping them off as needed can prevent expensive damage underneath the hood.

Timing Belt Replacement or Timing Chain Repair

Depending on your Subaru, it will have either a timing belt or a timing chain. The timing belt is rubberized and needs to be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the model and type of engine equipped. A timing belt is louder and heftier but does not require any regular replacement. However, it is important to note any potential damage to the timing chain since those can break, although it is rarer for a timing chain to break than a timing belt.

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Scheduled Maintenance

Subaru details the recommended maintenance schedule for each make and model in the owner’s manual. You can refer to those guidelines to help you stay on top of all the required services. Bear in mind that these are just general recommendations for all drivers. Your specific Subaru model could have its own unique requirements. That is why checking your owner’s manual or speaking to one of our Subaru service experts for more personalized guidance is important.

What Routine Maintenance Does Your Subaru Need?

Every Subaru needs certain routine maintenance performed on it to keep it in pristine form. This will help prolong the lifespan of your Subaru and optimize its safety and performance functionality. Which essential routine maintenance services might your Subaru require? One of the most frequent routine maintenance services your vehicle will need is an oil change. They are vital to keep your engine running smoothly and at maximum power output. We utilize high-quality engine oil when we service your engine and ensure that your oil filter gets replaced. We want your engine to have optimal lubrication to keep its components working their absolute best.

When the time comes, you will need to get a tire rotation and balancing. A tire rotation ensures even wear on all four tires, and balancing keeps everything properly aligned. We will also do a wheel alignment to ensure that your Subaru drives and handles exactly as it should. A vehicle with worn-down tires or that needs a front-end alignment can become a road hazard, so it is best to get these seen on a regular basis.

Your brakes will need to be routinely inspected and, as needed, serviced. We have Subaru-certified technicians who know your vehicle inside and out. They will inspect your brakes, looking for wear and tear. If needed, they will replace brake pads and rotors and top off brake fluid as needed. More pressing issues, such as a leak in a brake line, can be detected during an inspection and promptly addressed to keep you safe on the open road.

Replacing the air filter can be necessary if it has become too dirty and clogged with debris. Your engine depends on a clean air filter to keep up its fuel efficiency and engine performance. You will also need to get your fluids regularly checked and flushed. Your transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant need to be checked and flushed. After all, you do not want to experience transmission issues, brake system problems, or an overheating engine.

Your car’s battery is necessary for providing it with the power it needs to get moving. However, they can die on you when you least expect it. That is why getting a battery inspection done is so important. Our technicians will inspect your Subaru’s battery, looking for signs of wear. If the need exists, the battery will be replaced to ensure it provides your vehicle with dependable start-up power.

As already mentioned, your timing belt should be regularly checked for signs of wear and tear. Due to how they are made, timing belts will degrade over time. You do not want to know what happens if a timing belt snaps – it’s not good. If your Subaru model has a timing belt, our technicians will replace it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid engine damage. Spark plugs easily get dirty and worn down. When they become dirty or worn, spark plugs negatively affect your engine’s performance and fuel efficiency. We will make sure that yours gets cleaned or replaced at regular intervals.

Your Subaru’s suspension and steering system is critical for driving. Our technicians will check your suspension and steering components and, if needed, service them in order to keep the ride stable and comfortable. We will even check your vehicle’s exhaust system and repair it as needed so that your vehicle is in compliance with emissions standards and gets peak engine performance.

Should your ‘check engine’ light ever come on, our technicians are able to use a device to diagnose it. When an engine throws a code, this light will come on to indicate that something is wrong. Our diagnostic tools let our technicians know what is going wrong so they can come up with a repair solution.

These are the most common routine maintenance checks and services that your vehicle will require. If anything ever goes wrong or seems ‘off’ to you, please contact our service center to let us know. You can schedule a visit to our service center to get a diagnosis and, if need be, repairs performed by highly skilled, certified Subaru technicians. It is our goal to keep your Subaru on the road, optimally running for years to come!

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We’re Here for All Your Subaru Service Needs

Your Subaru vehicle deserves the utmost care available, and that is precisely what it will receive here at Ruge’s Subaru. Subaru drivers in and around the Rhinebeck area have been coming to us for years to get their cherished vehicles serviced by our skilled technicians. With our cutting-edge service center, knowledgeable technicians, and dedication to your Subaru’s well-being, we are your premier destination for vehicle service.

We understand that your Subaru is more than just a car – it is a part of your family. And, when you come to us, you become a part of our great big extended family. This is precisely why we treat each automobile that comes onto our lot with the same keen attention to detail and degree of care we would use for our own personal vehicles. Take comfort in knowing that we only use genuine Subaru parts, and our up-to-date diagnostic equipment will help ensure that your vehicle receives the best service possible.

You can trust the experts here at Ruge’s Subaru. We are not simply any service center; we specialize in the needs of Subaru vehicles. Whether your vehicle needs an oil change or a major engine repair, or if you need to pick up some genuine Subaru accessories, we have you covered. We welcome you to schedule service for your Subaru with us today. In doing so, you can experience the Ruge’s Subaru difference. Believe us, your Subaru will end up thanking you for it!