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"Why do I need to rotate my tires?"

What good is it to rotate tires?

Rotating your tires saves you money. A proper tire rotation will ensure even wear on your tires. Even wear on your tires extends the life of your tires. Longer life on your tires means you don't have to buy as many. And not only that! Even tire wear also improves your gas mileage, and that saves you money at the pump. Ensuring even wear on your tires is much better on your suspension (reducing maintenance on that), which means it will improve handling and performance as well as reducing road noise.

 

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Who makes Subaru's airbags?

Subaru prides itself on safety. Subaru is the only manufacturer to have every model in their lineup earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Subaru has done it twice. (Fingers crossed for three in a row this year!) One of the most important safety features on a vehicle are its airbags. Airbags have gotten a lot of attention in the last year, and we want to make sure that all our guests have all the information they need to be informed and safe!

Close up of a Subaru interior with the Subaru emblem and airbag emboss

Who makes Subaru's airbags?

Subaru uses both Autoliv and Takata.

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What you need to know about Subaru EyeSight (and some stuff you don't, but is neat)

How does EyeSight work?

Subaru EyeSight uses stereo cameras to track vehicles, lanes, obstacles, and other objects. It then takes that information and uses it to help you stay safe!

Why might EyeSight turn off?

It is winter! Which means there are occasions where EyeSight will be disabled for one of a few reasons. EyeSight is a tremendous help, but it does have its limitations. Understanding stereo vision and mapping an environment takes a lot of effort so things that make that more difficult make it harder for EyeSight to function. Sun glare and inclement weather make it very difficult…

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What does antifreeze do? What is antifreeze? How does antifreeze work?


What does antifreeze do?

 
 

It keeps him from taking over Gotham.


Okay, actually, antifreeze is what makes engine coolant more effective. Your engine is cooled by liquids that are pumped through the engine to absorb heat and expel it away safely. This helps keep the engine in good condition by keeping it in an appropriate temperature range. If your engine were to get too hot, engine parts could warp or break, and those warped or…
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What does WRX mean? What does STi stand for?

 

The Subaru WRX performs. The rally powerhouse added to its scores of first place finishes with the top spot at the Rally in the 100-Acre Wood.

David Higgins and Craig Drew dominated at this weekend's snowy Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. With ice covering 50% of the roads yesterday and steady snow all day with 6+" of accumulation, this was a true snow event. The 2015 Subaru WRX STI handled the treacherous conditions with ease and performed flawlessly all weekend.
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What does this light on my dashboard mean? DEEP DIVE (moving parts and lights)



 
(To beep or not to beep)

By far one of our most useful blog posts has been What does this light on my Subaru dashboard mean? And with good reason. It's a great quick-reference guide for almost every light that shows up on your dash. So, now you know what light corresponds to what system, but why do they light up? Should you do anything about it when they do? How involved is it really?

Welcome to part three of our Technical Schmecnical deep dive on why these lights go off in the first place and what to do…
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What does this light on my dashboard mean? DEEP DIVE (fluids and batteries)



 
(Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and End the Beep)

By far one of our most useful posts has been What does this light on my Subaru dashboard mean? And with good reason. It's a great quick-reference guide for almost every light that shows up on your dash. So, now you know what light corresponds to what system, but why do they light up? Should you do anything about it when they do? How involved is it, really?

Welcome to part two of our Technical Schmecnical deep dive on why these lights go off in the first place…
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What does this light on my dashboard mean? DEEP DIVE (Seatbelts and airbags)


(Alternate title: How to Deal with Beeping Things Guide)

By far one of our most useful posts has been What does this light on my Subaru dashboard mean? And with good reason. It's a great quick-reference guide for almost every light that shows on your dash. So, now you know what light corresponds to what system, but why do they light up? Should you do anything when they do? How involved is it, really?

This is part one of our Technical Schmecnical deep dive on why these lights go off in the first place and what to do about…
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How is Crosstrek Hybrid's technology different from other hybrids?

 

We've written before about what kind of performance the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid can offer (and so have others), so you probably already know you don't lose any of the 8.7 inch ground clearance between the 2014 XV Crosstrek and the Hybrid. You may also know that although the gas mileage improvement is modest, the Hybrid significantly improves performance, handling, and has much-reduced road noise. You may know all that, but how is Subaru's hybrid different from other manufacturers' hybrids?
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How Does Subaru X-Mode Work? | Advantages of Using Subaru X-Mode



What is Subaru X-Mode? | How Does Subaru X-Mode Work? | Why Would A Driver Use Subaru X-Mode?

 

First we will explain what X-Mode is, then get into the details of how it works, and finally answer our most frequently asked question about X-Mode.

2014 & 2015 Subaru Forester models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT feature Enhanced Active All Wheel Drive. Select Foresters also feature X-Mode. Both of these new safety and performance features help improve vehicle control…
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What's New About Subaru's 2nd Generation EyeSight System?



What's New About Subaru's 2nd Generation EyeSight System? Subaru's Driver Assistance Technology Gets an Upgrade

  

What's New for the 2nd Generation EyeSight System:
  • Technology to feature on more Subaru models
  • New Color Camera Based Driver Assist System
  • Also debuting are Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Nine out of 10 current Eyesight purchasers would recommend the technology

Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. has…
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How Does Traction Control Work? What is Subaru Traction Control?



How Does Subaru's Traction Control Work? | Traction Control is part of Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control System | Traction Control Light

 

How Does Traction Control Work?
Traction Control, Electronic Stability, Limited-Slip Device, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist are all components of the Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC).

Here is a great explanation from C.J.Spitz of Cars101.com:

"The components of the VDC system are:

Direction: uses…

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What's The Difference Between All Wheel Drive and 4-Wheel Drive? AWD vs 4WD


AWD vs 4WD: What's the difference between Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and 4-Wheel Drive

 

Our friends at Subaru Australia had a great explanation of Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and other Active Safety Features of Subaru vehicles. Here is how they compared AWD to 4WD:

What is the difference between an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) car and a Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) car? Both cars drive all four wheels so in one sense there is…

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Top 12 Most Asked Subaru Questions



Wondering what that symbol on your dashboard means? Curious about twin-scroll turbocharger technology? We have your answers! Here are the Top 12 Most Frequently Asked Subaru Questions:


This provides a handy key-to-symbols from the Subaru Owner's Manual.

Referred to as the "Coolant Temperature Low Indicator Light or the Coolant Temperature High Warning Light" in…
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What is Subaru EyeSight? How Does EyeSight Work?



What is EyeSight?

EyeSight is a driving support system that uses a range of functions to assist the driver in making decisions in order to provide for more safe and comfortable driving and to reduce driver fatigue. It is designed to help assist drivers, not replace them.


 

EyeSight is new Subaru technology that monitors your safety whether your eyes are on the road or not.  Subaru takes a look into the future with EyeSight. Two…

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What is Aha Radio? What Can Aha Radio Do For Me? What Vehicles Use Aha Radio?



What is Aha Radio? | How Does Aha Radio Work? | How Do I Get Aha Radio?

 


Subaru's Summer 2013 Drive issue features an article on Aha Radio, the new streaming radio service powered by Aha by Harmon. (This comes from the Harmon Kardon stereo systems featured in most new Subaru vehicles.) As Bryan Norman describes below, Aha radio-- which is a free-to-use service with a free-to-download smartphone app-- provides simplicity, variety, and immediacy in a…

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What Type of Suspension Do Subaru Vehicles Have? How Does the Subaru Suspension System Work?



What Type of Suspension Does A Subaru Have? | How Does The Subaru Suspension System Work?

 

4-Wheel Independent Suspension

Subaru suspensions are designed for ground clearance and dynamic balance to handle whatever the road throws at you.  Whether you're looking for the sporty handling and dynamic cornering of the Subaru WRX, or the extra ground clearance of the Subaru Outback or Forester that allows for smooth handling on and off the road, the 4-wheel independent…
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What is a Twin Scroll Turbocharger? | New Subaru Forester Turbo Has Twin Scroll Turbocharger


What is a Twin-Scroll Turbocharger? | The New 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT has Twin Scroll Turbocharger| How Does Twin Scroll Turbo Work?

As the newly redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester makes its debut, along with the Forester 2.5i model comes its turbocharged twin: The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT. This Forester 2.0XT runs a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine.


Two Turbocharged models available: The 2.0XT Premium and 2…
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How Does Subaru CVT Work? What is a CVT Transmission?



What is a CVT transmission? | How does Subaru Lineartronic CVT work? | What Subaru Vehicles have CVT?


Lineartronic® CVT


According to Subaru's Drive Magazine, "the CVT concept and technology are not new: CVT was conceptualized by Leonardo Da Vinci in the late 15th century, and it was available on the Subaru Justy from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s, the first car with a CVT for the U.S. automobile market." 


 


"A continuously variable…

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What is a Certified Pre Owned Subaru? | What Makes a Subaru a Certified Subaru?


What is a Certified Pre Owned Subaru? | What Makes A Subaru A Certified Subaru?  

   

It all starts with a Subaru and love. A Subaru that has been gently cared for, with low miles, and has been serviced regularly is the main ingredient in the Certified Subaru recipe. We then take this beloved Subaru and give it a thorough 152-point inspection by one of our Subaru Certified Technicians or Subaru Certified Master Technicians. After the vehicle…

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How Does the Subaru Brake Override System Work?



Avoid Accelerating Accidentally with the Brake Override System

Break Override System contributes to safer driving and greater driving confidence.



Ever tried to stop quickly only to have your foot hit both the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time? Or tried to work the pedals with winter boots that overlap them?

That might have caused the vehicle to bang to a stop or lurch forward--or both.  Either way, such an experience can be disconcerting…
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What Does This Blue Light on My Subaru Dashboard Mean?




What Does This Blue Light on My Subaru Dashboard Mean? | Subaru Temperature Gauge | Subaru Dashboard Lights




 
Referred to as the "Coolant Temperature Low Indicator Light or the Coolant Temperature High Warning Light" in the Subaru Owner's Manual, this light will come on whenever you start your Subaru vehicle. Upon startup, your vehicle is preforming a temperature check. For the system check, this indicator light/warning light illuminates in RED for approximately 2 seconds when…
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What Satellite Radio Options Are Available for my Subaru? How Does Satellite Radio Work?



What Satellite Radio options are available for my Subaru? How Does Satellite Radio Work? What is the relationship between SiriusXM and Subaru?


Below you'll find the answers, courtesy of Subaru's Drive Magazine, Fall 2012 Issue. Facts and figures about SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a list of channels available, and much more! Check it out!


Drive reports: "The sound might be great, but the studios are amazing! We saw what it takes for SiriusXM to…

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What Do Shocks and Struts Do?


What Do Shocks and Struts Do? | How Do Shocks and Struts Work? | How Do You Know if Shocks and Struts Need Replacement? 


What Are Shocks and Struts?


Shocks and struts influence the control and handling characteristics of your vehicle while holding the tires to the road. They control the action of the spring to resist bottoming out -- like when you hit a pothole -- and keep the movement of the springs under control when they rebound…

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What is a Powertrain? What is Lifetime Powertrain Protection?

What is a Powertrain? | What is the Lifetime Powertrain Protection Plan? | What is covered by my Stanley Subaru Lifetime Powertrain Protection Plan? Let's Ask the Subaru Experts:


First, a refresher course in automotive parts and pieces: A vehicle's powertrain is made up of the engine, transmission, transfer case, differentials, and drive axles. Essentially, the powertrain is the system that powers the car, and then transfers that power through to the wheels of the…

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What Are The Maintenance Requirements for Subaru Fuel Systems?



What Are The Maintenance Requirements for Subaru Fuel Systems? | How Does The Subaru Fuel System Work? | What Are The Components of the Subaru Fuel System?

 

At the heart of any vehicle is the engine, but without fuel to burn, an engine is just a useless lump of metal, plastic and rubber. The fuel system is responsible for feeding the engine and primarily consists of the tank, fuel lines, fuel filter and a pump that pushes…

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What is Covered By My Subaru Warranty? What is NOT Covered By My Subaru Warranty?



What is Covered By My Subaru Limited Warranty? What is Not Covered By My Subaru Warranty?

 


Warranties are a major source of confusion and frustration when purchasing a new vehicle, but we are here to help! We have listed the most frequently asked Warranty Questions, their answers, and some additional information to help you feel more confident in your discussions about Subaru Warranties. Before we get into warranty questions, let's address Roadside Assistance for…

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What is Subaru Core Technology? Features and Systems in Subaru Vehicles

At the heart of every Subaru are features and systems that form a core technology--Whether the Subaru is a performance-oriented WRX STi or a versatile Tribeca. In this week's Technical Schmecnical article, Stanley Subaru breaks down these features and systems below. The information comes from Subaru's Drive Performance Magazine. 


 

1. SUBARU BOXER ENGINE

Design--a horizontally opposed (also referred to as boxer or flat) layout, which contributes to balanced, smooth operation…
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How Does the Occupant Detection System (ODS) Work in My Subaru?


What is an Occupant Detection System (ODS)? How Does an ODS Work?
Stanley Subaru answers these questions with this week's Technical Schmecnical Lesson.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the use of an Occupant Detection System (ODS). This system is designed to determine if a person is seated in the front passenger seat*, and, more importantly, if the person is of adequate size to be protected in the event of the deployment of the…

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What Does This Light on my Subaru Dashboard Mean?


What Does This Light Mean? | What Are These Symbols For on my Subaru Dashboard? | What Do I do When Dashboard Lights Come On? | Subaru Vehicle Symbols
| My Check Engine Light is on and What Should I Do? Stanley Subaru addresses these issues as part of our Technical Schmecnical Series.
Technical Schmecnical Lesson 6: Subaru Dashboard Lights; What Do These Symbols Mean? What Do I Do When They Come On?






Please refer to your Subaru Vehicle's Owner's Manual to learn more about the Vehicle Symbols, Warning, and Indicator Lights.

Here are two images from the Subaru Impreza…
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What is an Extended Service Contract? What is Covered in Subaru's Added Security Coverage?

Extended Service Basics | Subaru Added Security FAQ's | What Is An Extended Service Contract? | Do I Really Need An Extended Service Contract? Stanley Subaru covers the basics of Subaru's Added Security Extended Service Contracts.

Extended Service Basics

1. What's the most important thing I should know about an extended service contract?

It is important to know the company that is promising to pay you if your car breaks down. A contract is only…

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How Does a Multi-Link Suspension Work? How Does a Multi-Link Suspension Differ From Fixed Rear Axle?

What is a Multi-Link Suspension? | How Does a Multi-Link Suspension Differ From a Fixed Rear Axle? | Advantages and Disadvantages of Both Systems | Stanley Subaru's Technical Schmecnical Lesson 4: Multi-Link Suspensions

As described by Steven Rupp of Popular Hot Rodding Magazine:

Suspension 101

In a perfect world, all the roads would be perfectly flat, without bumps, and suspensions wouldn't even be needed. But as we all know, that is far from reality. Once you…

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What is a Catalytic Converter? How Do Catalytic Converters Work?

Stanley Subaru's Technical Schmecnical Lesson 3: Catalytic Converters
What is a Catalytic Converter? | How Do Catalytic Converters Work? | Subaru PZEV Vehicles | PZEV Technology
First, a diagram courtesy of Subaru's Drive Magazine Fall 2004 Issue. Second, a chemically based analysis from HowStuffWorks.com, and third, an explanation of Subaru's PZEV vehicles and how catalytic converters fit into the PZEV equation.

 
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What is a Cabin Air Filter? Why Do I Need to Replace It?

Stanley Subaru's Technical Schmecnical Lesson 2: Cabin Air Filters| What is a Cabin Air Filter? | Why Do I Need it Replaced? Subaru vehicles are equipped with a HEPA filter system, located behind the glove box. The filter is responsible for filtering air that enters the cabin of the vehicle.Information from Saving Money Today and eHow on Replacing Cabin Air Filters in Subaru vehicles.
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How Does Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive Work?

How Does Subaru All Wheel Drive Work? | What is All Wheel Drive?

First we will discuss facts about Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, then go over each type of All Wheel Drive, and then discuss the advantages of each type. Be sure to check out the video that explains how all wheel drive works at the bottom of the page.
Facts About Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive:
  • Designed and engineered into all Subaru vehicles from the ground up. (Except the rear wheel drive BRZ sports coupe)
  • Starts with a longitudinally mounted SUBARU BOXER engine with its inherent balance and symmetry.
  • The…
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Secrets of the VIN....Decoded!

    Secrets of the VIN...Decoded! Have you ever wondered what your VIN number really means? Vehicle Identification Numbers are not just a jumble of letters and numbers, but a story of where and when your vehicle originated. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports are available to ensure prospective vehicle buyers receive the most accurate information on vehicles under consideration. Trust in knowing Stanley Subaru provides FREE CARFAX reports on ALL Pre-Owned vehicles!

 


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Mission: Understand Transmission


What Transmission Types are available on Subaru vehicles? What is CVT? Transmission types are Lineartronic CVT, Manual Shift Mode, and Manual Transmission. CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission.

It stands for Continuously Variable Transmission, and this innovative technology has been engineered to work seamlessly with the SUBARU BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to help reduce fuel consumption. The stepless gear ratio allows the engine to run within its optimal power range for improved fuel economy, while its lightweight, compact design helps the vehicle stay as agile as it can be.  In Automatic Mode, it adjusts instantly to match your…

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The 7 Most Common Questions About Certified Pre-Owned Subarus

    Each Subaru Certified Pre-Owned vehicle passes a thorough 152-point inspection that covers engine operation, emissions, electrical system, radiator, brakes, exhaust and more! It will be checked inside and out, from the undercarriage to under the hood. Anything not up to Subaru's high standards will be repaired, reconditioned or replaced. Each CPO Subaru is from the current or past five model years, and has been driven fewer than 80,000 miles.

    You can buy with…

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Subaru Tire Pressure Monitoring System-What it Means For You and Your Subaru

                  
Subaru Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS):
What It Means to You and Your Subaru

Subaru Tire Pressure Monitor System Warning Light
When the TPMS warning light comes on it means that either one of the tires is under-inflated or there is a fault with the system. If the light is constant then inflating to the correct placard pressure should turn it off. If this is not the case then this indicates a puncture. If the…
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Winter Tires....The Right Tire for the season


Car Care: Winter Tires

The right tire for the season.

The safety and handling capabilities of any car or truck ultimately stop where the rubber meets the road. Whether or not the winter months bring snowfall to your location, checking the condition of your tires should always be part of your automotive winterizing regimen.
 
Even regions that don't get covered in white stuff often experience colder temperatures and more rain between the winter solstice…
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