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Don’t Book Your Next Car Service Without Seeing This Checklist

How often does your car really need servicing? What should you get sorted and how often?

Experts at Subaru Canberra say that prevention is better than cure, even for cars. When you buy a car and get it serviced at regular intervals, it will serve you for a long time.

Know your engine oils

Forgetting to change the oil, driving too long on the same spark plugs, and ignoring squeaky rusty brakes or strange clunking sounds can severely damage your car. 

Hear it from Subaru experts in Canberra – “It’s very important to have your engine oil replaced by time or kilometres whichever occurs first as oil degrades over time. Serious engine damage can occur if you don’t change your engine oil and filter as per the manufactures recommendations.” – Jon Dudok, Dealer Principal.

Generally, your Subaru should have an oil and filter change performed in line with the manufacturers recommended service intervals. Intervals vary from model to model and can be every 12,500 or 12 months, 7,500 or 9 months or anything in-between. Check your Subaru Service book or speak with Subaru Canberra Service team to ensure you get it serviced on time. Expert Subaru mechanics in Canberra suggest oil change based on time and mileage intervals for Subaru Canberra used cars.

Here is how to decide which interval length to choose:

  • Mileage-based: If you drive your car regularly you should reach the km limit before the time frame has lapsed. Regular friction and heat during engine operation breaks down the oil, and therefore this is a bare minimum.
  • Time-based: If you drive a used or new Subaru, and don’t drive regularly, you're likely to Service by the time interval. Even when the oil doesn’t flow through the engine, it gets chemically deteriorated. 


Fluids need to be checked regularly and kept at the appropriate level to keep your Subaru in Canberra run hassle-free. According to Subaru experts in Phillip, check:

  • Coolant

  • Brake Fluid

  • Power Steering Fluid

  • Transmission Fluid 

What should a car service include? What is the difference between the big one and a little one? Here’s Jon’s explanation:

“Every Service should include an oil change and a safety check. The manufacture specifies what components are replaced at what interval. For example, oil and filter might be replaced every 12,500kms or 12 months and spark plugs replaced every 50,000kms or 48 months.”

Depending on the age and mileage of your Subaru, experts divide the car checklist into short term, long-term, and regular.

Regular Service and Check-ups:

  • Replacement of Oil and filter
  • Inspect Air Filter
  • Inspect Brakes
  • Coolant and fluid level checks
  • Headlights
  • Rotate tyres
  • Tyre Pressure
  • Turn signals and parking lights
  • Safety check

Bigger Service and Check-ups:

  • Replacement of Air filter
  • Replacement of Spark plugs
  • Replacement of Coolant
  • Replacement of Cabin filter
  • Replacement of fuel filter
  • Check struts and shocks
  • Check suspension components
  • Drive belts
  • Transfer case fluid
  • Transmission fluid

Basic Maintenance Check-up:

  • Battery condition
  • Belts and hoses
  • Brakes
  • Horn
  • Interior and Exterior 
  • Lights
  • Tyres
  • Wipers
  • Safety check

Before heading for car servicing, go through your checklist to resolve any issues you might be facing with the Subaru Forester, Subaru WRX, Subaru Outback or whichever model you own with your nearest Subaru Dealer.

Why Choose ONLY an Authorised Subaru Dealer in Canberra?

Whether you take your new or second-hand car in Canberra for servicing, you must choose only authorised Subaru dealers. The reason for this is simple, only your authorised Subaru dealer in Phillip, Canberra will use genuine parts 100% of the time. For you, this means your Subaru continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.   Subaru Canberra service will keep your car in the best condition and keep you safer on the road. Look only for an authorised Subaru dealer in Canberra to save money in the long-term with their quality car servicing. If you bought the car, you may also be entitled to Subaru capped price servicing.

Lastly, taking your Subaru to an official Subaru dealer in Canberra makes sure your warranty is intact, and only genuine parts are used when replacing any damaged parts.

You may also be surprised to know that we are a general service centre so whilst we are the Subaru authorised service centre, we are also able to service other car brands with our high standards of service.