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How do I change the clock on my Subaru Forester?


Uh oh. Daylight Saving Time change. It's been...well, it's been since the last time the clock had to change. It's not like you're messing with the clock all the time. So, how does it work again?

Thankfully, Kelly put together a step-by-step instruction sheet on how to do it. She even did us the honor of showing us how to:


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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 Crash Avoidance Technology? | Does Subaru EyeSight Have Crash Avoidance?



Subaru, with the EyeSight System, is the only car out of 74 tested to avoid a collision at 25 mph

 

In an article from TorqueNews describing the new IIHS safety rating for crash avoidance, David Flierl states that "the 2013-2014 Subaru Legacy sedan and 2013-2014 Outback crossover scored the highest in a new IIHS safety rating and they use a safety system called EyeSight that is better than all the competition."

"How can a small automaker…

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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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How Has Subaru Improved Vehicle Safety? What Are The New Safety Features on Subaru Vehicles?



Safety Drives Subaru Design: Safety Features of Subaru Vehicles

Control and Braking

Along with the traction that Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives you, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), a stability control system, automatically senses steering and braking inputs to help keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path. The VDC system also includes an all-wheel all-speed traction control system.

In stopping situations, the Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) pulses braking power to help prevent wheel lockup. Electronic…

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How Do I Increase MPG in My Subaru? | Increase Your Fuel Economy | MPG+AWD



How to Increase MPG | Increase Your Fuel Economy | Fuel Economy Tips

    
Subaru is the most fuel efficient all-wheel-drive brand on the market. However, next time you're at the pump, think about this: better fuel economy starts with better vehicle maintenance. Why? Because neglect of basic maintenance items can have a significant effect on fuel consumption and the amount of money you spend to "fill it up."

 

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Subaru Save Fuel…
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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 is the Difference Between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester?



What are the Differences Between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester? | What is the driving experience like in an Outback versus a Forester? | Is this a reasonable car to own for city driving with occasional journeys to the mountains?--Answers to these questions and more can be found below:

A prospective Subaru shopper raised these questions recently and here is what I've come up with to explain the differences, the driving experience, and answer…
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How Do I Change A Flat Tire In My Subaru?

How Do I Change a Flat Tire In My Subaru? | Subaru Tire-Changing Safety Tips | What Tools Do I Need to Change A Flat Tire?

With the new 2013 Subaru models came several revisions to the Subaru Owner's Manuals. Among the updates are several "How To" sections, including how to change your oil and how to change a flat tire.  The information below comes directly from the 2013 Subaru Outback/Legacy Owner's Manual. (Find…
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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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How Do I Take Care of My Subaru Transmission



How Do I Take Care of My Subaru Transmission? | Subaru Transmission Care | How Do Transmissions Work?



A healthy transmission is crucial for smooth operation.



One of the most important parts of your car or truck, and often a part you rarely think of, is the transmission. Proper transmission maintenance, while not necessary as frequently as other routine maintenance tasks, is still an important part of increasing your vehicle's longevity.


 

Getting power from your car…

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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 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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When Do I Service My Subaru Brakes? How Often Do Subaru Brakes Need Service?

Stanley Subaru Shares Brake Service Advice:
When do I service my Subaru brakes? How often do Subaru brakes need service?
This week's Technical Schmecnical Lesson answers your brake questions!


Car Care: Brake Service

Your brakes are crucial to staying safe this summer.

As you hit the road this summer, it's important that your vehicles are ready for safe and reliable operation. While many of the safety systems in your car or truck don…
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How Often Should I Check the Fluids in my Subaru?

Five 60-second Fluid Checks

This week's Technical Schmecnical Topic addresses common Subaru Automotive Fluid Checks and how often they should be performed. Properly maintaining your car's fluid levels is an easy way to help ensure that your Subaru runs smoothly between service visits. Before checking, always stop the engine, remove the key from the ignition switch, set the parking brake and let the engine cool down completely. Stanley Subaru provides useful information regarding proper maintenance and service of your Subaru.

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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 The Break-In Period for New Subarus? New Subaru Driving Tips

What is the Break-in Period For New Subaru Vehicles? | New Subaru Outback/Legacy Fuel Economy Hints | Subaru Outback Catalytic Converter Safety Tips | New Subaru Driving Tips 
All these topics are addressed in today's Technical Schmecnical Lesson 5!


New Vehicle Break-in Driving

- the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km)The performance and long life of your vehicle are dependent on how you handle and care for your vehicle while it is new. Follow these…
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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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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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