Maintenance is an essential part of keeping any machine going, including your Subaru. With that said, some of us don't always think about what our vehicle requires and when, but the good news is you've chosen a vehicle that doesn't demand a lot. Here, we'll cover some of the simple guidelines to keeping your Subaru running at its peak for the long haul.

Keep Up with Fluid and Filter Changes
Over time, both external pollutants and debris from normal engine operation end up in your vehicle's oil. Most of these contaminants are caught in the oil filter, but eventually both the filter and the oil itself need to be changed. Most drivers only need this essential oil change service twice a year. Clean oil helps keep the engine running smoothly and at the optimal temperature, and a fresh filter will do a much better job of holding on to particles. Check your owner's manual for your model's recommended oil-change interval, and stick to that schedule.

Don't Neglect the Check Engine Light
Unlike our bodies, cars are incapable of repairing themselves, and it's up to us to make sure they receive the proper attention when it's needed. It's unusual to see a check engine light illuminated on a car with relatively low miles, but if it happens, don't wait to take it to your trusted Subaru technician. Although check engine lights are usually triggered by something minor, it nevertheless could indicate a serious problem. Sometimes it's as simple as a gas cap that wasn't closed all the way or a faulty diagnostic code in the car's computer. A factory-trained and experienced Subaru technician will be able to get to the root of the situation and correct it, and your vehicle will be in the best of hands should it need repairs.

Check the Tires Regularly
It goes without saying that a vehicle's tires take abuse, and the rubber will eventually wear down. You should walk around your vehicle at least every week to check for any obvious tire issues: bulges in the sidewall, cuts or deep abrasions, or foreign objects stuck in the rubber. Routine tire rotations will also ensure that all four wear down at about the same rate, since there are different demands put on each tire position (see your vehicle's specific owner's manual for the recommended rotation timeframe). You can check the tire's wear on your own with an inexpensive tire gauge. In a pinch, you can get a quick idea of your tires' safety by sticking a penny head-side down between the tread grooves. If the top of Lincoln's head is visible, it's time for new tires; if it's sufficiently covered, then they're good for the time being.

Take it Easy
It can be tempting to push your Subaru to its absolute limits, but you'll get more out of it if you treat it with respect and care. Sudden starts and stops, aggressive acceleration, revving of the engine, and other such actions might seem thrilling at the time, but besides being potentially dangerous to you and other drivers, they could damage the vehicle. Also, it's important not to push it too hard on especially hot or cold days.

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