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Welcome to Subaru News, Suburb Service’s monthly blog! Subaru News is meant to educate, entertain, and engage you in monthly musings on such topics as auto mechanics, Subarus, travel, auto repair, and driving and living in the Lake Forest Park and Shoreline area. Our blogs are released on the first day of each month!


What Your Subaru’s Air Recirculation Button Really Does

Summer in Seattle can get pretty toasty. Turning the AC on full blast? Don't mind if you do-except there's a better way to cool down your car and cut fuel costs. It's called the air recirculation button. What Does the Air Recirculation Button Do? Subaru makes and models-like most vehicles of the 21st century-have a little button showing a car and two swirling arrows. This is called the air recirculation button. Fitting to its name, the button shows an image similar to a recycle symbol and helps to recirculate cool air throughout your vehicle. It helps to keep out road pollutants and only provide your with conditioned air. When Should You Use The Recirculation Button? Using the air recirculation button in your Subaru can be a game changer-but you have to know when to use it and when to turn it off. Need to cool down the car's cabin on a blistering hot afternoon? Just need some fresh air inside the cabin? Here's how it works. To cool d ... read more



Subaru Air-Conditioning Dos and Don’ts

Restoring an old Subaru as a side project? Did the AC go out in your newer Subaru model? If you're a do-it-yourself type of person, you might run into some confusion. When its time to work on the air conditioning in your Subaru, you'll want to know the dos and don'ts of air conditioning and refrigerant. Here are some things to know. 3 Dos of Subaru AC Replacement 1. Do diagnose the root cause of your AC failure first. Before you do anything drastic to your Subaru's air conditioning system, consider the root cause of the failure. If the AC system isn't working, ask yourself what could be wrong. Do you need to replace the refrigerant? Or, do you need a full-on rejuvenation of the system and to replace the compressor? Knowing what's wrong will help you find a solution to fix it before you invest your time and money. 2. Do use a refrigerant that is EPA-approved. Before you go installing new refrigerant into your vehicle, you'll want ... read more

6 Questions to Ask When Buying a New or Used Car

Buying a car-new or used-is a major financial decision. Before you buy, you're likely to test drive a few different brands and models to get a feel for the vehicle you're about to call your own. You'll also want to negotiate price, inquire about maintenance tips, and check out all the amenities. When you decide it's time to sign the dotted line, you'll likely have a few more questions. Don't let the salesperson trip you up-here are a few important questions to ask to make sure you're making a wise investment. 6 Pressing Questions to Ask When Buying a Car1. Does it come with four-wheel drive? In a city like Seattle, winter can be brutal. You may need a car with four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems offer increased traction and handling capabilities in snow, wet weather, and slick terrain. Plan on towning quite a bit? 4WD vehicles can also help. Always ask about extra amenities before purchasing a new vehicle-especially 4WD ... read more



Need Your Subaru Fixed Fast? Longer Waits Are Ahead

Thinking of swinging by the local Subaru dealership for a quick fix? Think again. If you're frustrated with long wait times for your new Subaru model-the Forester, Outback, or Crosstrek specifically-you're not alone. According to Automotive News, Subaru has experienced record sales in the past decade-and, while a great problem to have, it's caused some issues for Subaru owners. In light of the increase in sales, Subaru has experienced a chronic shortage of dealership service technicians...leaving customers with less than ideal appointment wait times. What Is Subaru Doing To Fix It? Subaru of America understands the problem at hand-they're on their way to becoming one of the nation's neediest car brands. To combat this issue, the corporate team is actively improving and recruiting for Subaru's entry-level tech training programs. According to Mike Campbell ... read more



Best Seattle Hikes for Kids

Want to know what we love most about living and working in the Pacific Northwest? Its close proximity to nature. Being outdoors and taking a deep breath of fresh air is good for the soul-but any parent knows it can be hard to venture in the Great Outdoors when you have little ones. They like to nap. You like to nap. And, going too far from home might wear them down. Let's rethink that notion. Here are 4 of the best kid-friendly hiking spots near Seattle that offer low mileage, exciting features, and flat terrain. These Are The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Seattle ... read more