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3 Essential Things To Check Before Your Next Road Trip

With holiday season fast approaching and the fact that we’re finally out of lockdown, we at Subaru Canberra thought it’d be a good idea to remind you of some things that you really need to do before you hit the road for your next road trip to avoid being the broken down car on the side of the highway causing the traffic jam.

How do you make sure you’re not that broken down car? Remember the old saying that prevention is better than the cure! Preventative maintenance is the answer.

Preventative Maintenance That Your Subaru Needs

Being a trusted Subaru specialist, we believe our customers deserve the best from their cars. For that, here is the top four preventative maintenance Subaru service in Canberra that you should consider every year: 

1. Oil Change

Sounds obvious but when did you last do it? Car experts will always recommend this, fluids and oils are like the blood that flows through the arteries to the heart of your car, so keeping the quality clean and replenished is crucial. Thick or muddy oil contaminates the essential components, affecting the engine's performance and triggering a build-up of dust and grime in the system. 

The oil should be changed as per Subaru’s recommended service schedule by Time or Kilometres whichever occurs first.

If you’re not sure about the service schedule or are unsure how to check the oil, speak to us at Subaru in Canberra and our qualified team will check the level and condition of the oil for you. This is particularly important if the car was static for extended periods of time during recent lockdowns.

2. Tyre Wear & Tear & Alignment

It is crucial, for long drives in particular, that you have safe and roadworthy tyres. The first thing to look out for is if they are bald or appear extremely worn or if the tyre pressure monitoring light keeps coming on even after filling with the correct amount of air pressure.

Mis-alignment of wheels can cause the tyres to prematurely wear. If you notice the car wandering across the road or pulling to one direction then its time to get this looked at. Subaru Canberra have a specialised machine that can detect this and then carry out a wheel alignment if necessary. 

It is recommended to get this check or a wheel alignment done at least once a year using professional services so if you have not done this in the last year, best to get them checked.

Remember: it's important to rotate the tyres of Subaru regularly to uniformly wear treads on each side, for creating a smooth and hassle-free drive.

3. Battery Check

Be it a brand new or used car in Canberra, the battery of the Subaru speaks volumes about the life of the car. For example, if you own a used Subaru car and the battery seems new, yet you are experiencing issues while maintaining charge or starting the vehicle, it could mean the charging system of the battery has malfunctioned. 

Professional mechanics, like Subaru Canberra, will look for build-up, leakage, or other issues that might be affecting your battery operations and can also test your battery when you go in for a service.

When to Take Your Subaru To A Professional Mechanic?

You must bring your car to a Subaru mechanic in Canberra when it shows noticeable signs of problems such as sounds which are not normal, smoke, high temperatures, shaking, or odd smells. But, there are times you may not find any physical indication, and this is where preventative maintenance saves the day! Getting regular checks can ensure your car runs smoothly without you having to spend too much on repairs.

Your Subaru is a prized possession, so why not give it the best care with preventative maintenance? Count on our comprehensive range of services to save your time and money on unwanted repairs or replacements in the future by booking a regular service with the professional team at Subaru Canberra.