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Is Driving a Stick Shift Causing You to Have Knee Pain?

Own a Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza, or WRX with a manual transmission? Experiencing left knee aches and pains? We've heard this complaint from a few of our regular customers and we wanted to get to the bottom of it. Is driving a stick shift causing them to have knee pain? Let's find out. Can Driving a Stick Shift Cause You to Have Knee Pain? Subaru manual transmissions are dependable and lightweight. While they allow the driver to take charge of their own personal driving style, manual transmissions also require you to manually shift the gears. Manually shifting gears can take a toll on the knees. Here's why. When you drive a stick shift, your left leg and right arm get quite the workout. When you drive an automatic, you'll operate with your right leg, but your left leg can pretty much just hang out. With a manual transmission, the left leg remains in an active position at all time. Extended to operate the clutch, your left leg can experience tension from the foo ... read more

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Why Your Trip to the Auto Repair Shop Should Happen Sooner than Later

Have you been delaying your car repair? Thinking about waiting on that oil change or maintenance service for another time? It might be time to reconsider. As the coronavirus continues to affect the lives of people in Seattle and across the world, industries and supply chains are starting to suffer. Car repair shops are among them-and repair parts may soon become scarce. Why You Should Visit Your Auto Repair Shop ASAPAuto Repair Parts Could Possibly Become Scarce Wondering why you need to schedule your repair appointment now...during a global pandemic? Auto industry experts are warning that the coronavirus (COVID-19) may soon have an effect on the availability of auto parts needed for repairs. While the Center for Automotive Research notes that most auto parts are still produced domestically, China, Mexico, and Canada do provide dealers and repair shops with some parts needed to make repairs. From 2010 to 2018, U.S. parts imports from China tripled ... read more

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Here’s Why Quality Motor Oil Is Important (And Why You Should Change It Regularly)

Not changing your motor oil? That's a non-starter. Motor oil needs to be changed at regular intervals, no matter how old or new your car. It's a vital part of keeping your car's engine running properly and you away from the shop. But, what kind of motor oil does your Subaru need? Can you go for the cheap stuff to cut costs or should you invest in a nicer product? Here, we'll discuss why quality motor oil is so important (even if it costs more) and why you should stick to a regular maintenance plan for your Subaru! Why is Quality Motor Oil So Important? Quality motor oil-and we can't stress this enough-is so important. When you're considering a type of oil to purchase, you'll want to make sure the oil meets the American Petroleum Institute service standards. You can identify this requirement by searching for a little seal of approval by the API. The highest API rating for motor oil currently is SM-but different cars require different types of motor oil, so make ... read more

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It’s Not a Myth: Certain Colors and Makes Get Pulled Over More Often

No, it's not a myth. It's not a fable your mother told you at sixteen to keep you from speeding. Cars of certain make and color definitely get pulled over by the police more often. Here's why. What Do Police Look for On the Road? When looking to give out tickets, police are obviously keeping an eye out for drivers that are breaking the rules of the road-i.e. speeding, texting and driving, or driving under the influence. Still, certain colors can catch the eye of an officer and some makes can lend officers to believe you might speed. Why is that? Let's break it down by color and make. What Car Colors Get Pulled Over Most Often? Everyone says that red cars should be avoided because they're flashy. You've likely heard paranoia about high insurance rates on red vehicles, no? While it might appear that red cars would be easier to pick out in traffic, they are not the car that gets pulled over the most. According to Snopes fact checker ... read more

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Which Color Car Gets Dirtiest the Fastest?

Does Color Matter? This Car Color That Gets Dirty the Fastest Have you begun to notice a cloud of greenish-yellow dust settling everywhere? Settling along rooftops, the ground, and on your car, pollen is out to get you all season long. And, besides causing your allergies to overreact and being a general annoyance, pollen also keeps you unmotivated to clean your car from April to June. At best, you might ride through an auto-wash once a month or so-but you know deep down that this effort is futile. Tomorrow, your car will be covered with pollen once again. So, is there any way to keep a Subaru's exterior looking clean in spring? Well, it really comes down to car color. Here, we'll discuss the car colors that show the most dirt and the colors to consider if you're looking to cut back on spring car washes! Why Does Car Color Matter for Cleanliness? When buying a new or used car, you might select a color based on personal preference. Maybe you've ... read more

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