Like many drivers in the Keene area, you are no stranger to winter, which is why you drive a Subaru with the power to make it home no matter how much it snows. And now that winter is here it is important to make sure your Subaru Outback, Legacy, or Forester is ready for the cold winter months ahead of us. So what services here at Subaru of Keene will help get your Subaru ready for winter and ensure that you make it home safely?

Winter possess many challenges that drivers need to consider; frigidly cold temperatures, damaging road salt, snowy roads and dangerous black ice. In order to make sure that your Subaru is ready for everything that winter brings our way, we have made a little checklist of important services and their benefits.

Oil Changes & Fluids

Oil and fluid changes are important all year round as they keep everything running smoothly and efficiently. Having your oil changed regularly helps keep your engine healthy by preventing friction between the moving pistons and causing the parts to heat up and warp. Regular oil changes also keep dirt from building up in your engine to help boost fuel efficiency. During the winter oil changes are even more important and so is choosing the right oil. When the temperature drops oil that is too thin won't provide your engine with enough protections. And oil that is too thick can keep your engine from starting because the thick oil becomes gooey changes your battery and starter motor to spin the engine fast enough for it to fire.

While oil is most none fluid in your Subaru, it isn't the only one that needs to be checked before winter hits. The other fluids that need to be checked are the brake fluid, automatic transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, power steering and differential fluid. Have you ever noticed how much more windshield washer fluid you use in the winter vs the summer? Washer fluid may seem not as important as some of the other fluids but actually is crucial. Because without a clean window you can't see the road clearly which makes driving very dangerous.

Another very important fluid you will need this winter is anti-freeze. Almost all of the cooling systems need anti-freeze to prevent fluids from freezing in the lines and breaking. Our service team will change your oil with the correct oil for your Subaru model and check all other fluids. Click here to make an oil or fluid change appointment today.

Dashboard Warning Lights

There are a lot of different lights on your Subaru's dashboard and when one comes on it is your Crosstrek or Impreza's way of telling you that something is wrong and needs to be looked out. But what do all of the different lights mean? Some lights are fairly self-explanatory, like the oil can with a drip which means low engine oil. Or the tire with an exclamation point for low tire pressure. Other warning indicator lights are not as easy, like the steering wheel with an exclamation point next to it. Which is the power steering warning light and when this light comes on while driving it means there is a malfunction with the electric power steering system. We have a handy guide of all of the dashboard warning lights and their meanings. If any of these lights come on be sure to call our service center to bring your Subaru in for a service appointment.

Brake Services

There are many different parts that make up the brakes on your Subaru. You have brake pads and rotors, brake fluid, brake calipers, wheel cylinders, and brake drum. All of which are vital to your ABS, or anti-lock braking system to prevent the brakes from locking up and losing control. New brake fluid keeps the fluid fresh and prevents rust from harming the brake caliper and wheel cylinders. It is also important to make sure that your brake pads are in good shape. Worn brake pads reduce your stopping power and can be dangerous in the winter when roads are slippery. Another reason that having your brake pads checked and replaced is that uncheck brake pads can damage your rotors resulting in a costly repair.

Other Important Winter Service Needs & Tips

There are a lot of little things you can do to help your Subaru perform at its best this winter. Like snow tires which have deeper treads to provide better traction in snow. Snow tires are also made from a thicker rubber to better withstand the cold temperatures of winter. In addition to having windshield washer fluid, it is also a good idea to get new wiper blades to clean your window properly. Another important part of your Subaru that you should have checked is your battery. Chances are that if your battery is going to die it will happen during the winter because the cold weather takes a toll on the batteries energy. It is also a good idea to have a set of jumper cables in your Subaru in case your battery is dead. Or you can help someone else who may have a dead battery.

One thing many drivers all over the Keene area do during the winter is going out and start their car to warm it up. While no one likes getting into a freezing cold car we know that many drivers don't like wasting fuel. The proper amount of time that your car needs to be on before being driven in the cold is about a minute. While the heat may not have kicked on in the cabin your engine will be ready to go. To help our customers get the most out of each tank we have helpful MPG tips. This way you can warm up your Subaru and save on fuel in other ways.

Whatever your Subaru service needs the service center here at Subaru of Keen has you covered. Our amazing Subaru factory trained technicians work hard to keep your Subaru performing at peak efficiency in a timely manner so you don't miss a beat. So if you are in need of service be sure to give us a call or schedule your next appointment online at your convenience. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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