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Subaru Winterize Tips 2012


What To Do To Your Subaru Before Winter Arrives!

With the Storms on the East coast having crippling effects I thought it important to take a moment and remind my readers how important and often overlooked a little planning can be when it comes to your car.  No one could have fully known the extent to which Sandy would damage infrastructure, but if you plan ahead you will have done as much as you can and will be better off because of it.

Now is the time, not the day of, or the day before your next trip up the mountains or over the hill and through the woods to Grandmothers house, or the day after your news station is predicting a huge storm event, to make sure your Suby is ready for the worst Mother Nature can throw at it.

Here are some items that should be serviced, or inspected, as well as a suggested few items for the cargo area.

First of all, as winter approaches its important to remember to not let the fuel tank  run lower than ¼ of a tank, the extra fuel in the tank aids in rear traction, and the less air in the tank, the less moisture and the more stable the fuel will be on those cold morning start ups.  Next if we experience any severe weather, knocking out power to gas stations you’ll want a full tank!

Carry a tire pressure gauge, be ready in case you encounter snow, a good way to increase traction is to lower the tire pressure a few pounds in each tire, maintaining even pressure at all 4 tires.  The tires should have a good inspection, if you run all season tires rather than a set of winter tires you really want tread depth above 4/32 or the tire may struggle to displace snow.  Know that during cold weather its very possible to see the Low Tire Pressure light come on if your Subaru is equipped with the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

Start out winter with Fresh oil.  The cold of winter can be very hard on your Engines oil, the single easiest way to combat this is have an oil change done even if it’s a little early at the start of winter.  If you are close to any Scheduled Maintenance such as a 30k service do it early! Having fresh transmission fluid is a great idea in colder temperatures.

Inspect or have inspected your belts and hoses, cold weather is very hard on rubber.

Know where the freeze protection of your coolant is at; if it’s been more than 2 years since the coolant has been changed consider changing it now.

Have your battery tested, and the connections cleaned, the fact that the battery still starts the car does not mean it will once the temperature drops.  Batteries should be tested at extremes with a load tester at least twice a year.

Replace your wiper blades; being able to see in the rain or snow is pretty important. If they Streak or chatter they won’t get better on their own.  Make sure you have ample freeze protection in the windshield washer tank as well.

Check all of you external lights, being seen by others on the road is part of defensive driving.

Consult the owner’s manual regarding the use of chains for your model Subaru, if its advised for your car, buy a set if you don’t plan on running Traction type tires, or buy them anyways just in case.

Aside from the cars factory tool kit, you should carry a flashlight, water, jumper cables and a few basic tools.  You can elaborate on this as much as you want to.

Lastly, Please Stay Safe Out There!

If you are one of our local customers, here is a coupon.

Subaru Winterize Special
Subaru Winterize Special

Thanks For Reading



3 Responses

  1. First I would like to say thanks for taking the time to post all the valuable information that you do. It’s very much appreciated! Having had a head gasket failure (oil leak rear driver side) on my 09 forester at 59K is how I found All Wheel Drive Auto. Thankfully it was covered under extended warranty. Probably will leak again if they use they typical 3M Roloc Bristle Disc prep method.

    I have a question regarding your experience with these engines and winterizing. I live in an area where winter temps can be all over the place. I’ve seen actual temps of -14F (not often) but mostly somewhere between 0F-30F. Summer can be as hot as mid 80’s and upper 90’s. Is there any benefit in using some of the 0W-30 or 0W-40 oils out there? I’ve been using synthetic 5W-30 and change it every 3K-3500 due to the small filter size and plan on keeping this thing for 200K miles minimum. Both the 0W oils I’m referring to are Mobil 1 products. I’m just not sure if there’s any benefit to the 0W-30 or 0W-40 for my temperatures.

    I appreciate your time and any additional advice.


  2. There is an AWD car sales in Monroe. Is that associated with you? Just wonder if it is a good place go for a Subaru.

    1. Hi Chris,

      The Subaru’s out at AWD Auto Sales have in fact been serviced at this shop. We have tried to take care of all of the big things such as Head gaskets, and safety items such as brakes. Many of the cars were customers of the shops that decided to move on, and we have great service history, some are cars we have bought from local dealers and we have less history but do what we can to try and ensure its a good car.

      Jason is the contact person out at the lot in Monroe, the inventory changes but you can view whats available right now here

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