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Check Your Fluids

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Check Your Fluids

Subaru vehicles are known for their durability and reliability. Still, like any car, they require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. One of the most important things you can do to maintain your Subaru is to check and replenish your fluids regularly. Below, we answer some of your most frequently asked fluid questions and give you a quick guide to all the fluids your Subaru needs! 

FAQ: Why Are Fluids Important?

Fluids are essential for maintaining a Subaru vehicle's proper function and longevity. Each fluid has a specific purpose, from lubricating and cooling the engine to providing hydraulic pressure for the transmission and brakes. Regularly checking and replacing fluids can prevent expensive repairs and ensure the vehicle operates safely and efficiently.

FAQ: How Often Should I Get Fluids Replaced?

The frequency of fluid replacements can vary depending on the type of fluid and driving conditions. For example, engine oil should typically be changed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. In comparison, the transmission fluid may only need to be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. It's essential to consult the Subaru owner's manual for specific recommendations and to follow the maintenance schedule outlined for your vehicle.

FAQ: Can I Replace Fluids Myself?

While some fluids, like windshield washer fluid or engine oil, can be easily replaced by the vehicle owner, others may require specialized equipment or knowledge. For example, replacing transmission fluid may require a lift, special tools, and specific procedures to ensure proper fluid levels and functionality. It's essential to research and understand the process for replacing each fluid and to determine if it can be done safely and effectively at home or if it's best left to a professional mechanic, like the certified ones we have here at Suburb Service. 

Engine Oil

Engine oil is the lifeblood of your Subaru's engine, helping to lubricate moving parts and prevent wear and tear. Subaru recommends changing your oil every 6,000 miles or every 6 months, whichever comes first. You must check your oil level regularly and top it off as needed.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid helps keep your Subaru's transmission lubricated and relaxed, which is critical to its performance and longevity. It's essential to regularly check your transmission fluid level and have it flushed and replaced according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is essential for adequately operating your Subaru's brakes, helping to transfer force from the brake pedal to the brake pads. It's essential to regularly check your brake fluid level and replace it according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid helps to make steering your Subaru more manageable and more responsive. Regularly check your power steering fluid level and have it topped off or replaced as needed.


Coolant helps to regulate the temperature of your Subaru's engine, preventing it from overheating. It's essential to check your coolant level regularly and have it flushed and replaced according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Visit Suburb Service For Your Subaru Needs!

In conclusion, checking and replenishing your Subaru's fluids regularly is essential to keeping it running smoothly and preventing costly repairs down the road. By following these recommendations and staying current on your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule, you can enjoy many years of reliable performance from your Subaru. 


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