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Summer is in full swing, which means now is the ideal time for drivers from Portland, OR, to Vancouver, WA, to take care of routine maintenance for a more enjoyable driving experience. In addition to preparing for the season's heat and conditions, these service items will help ensure efficient and comfortable operation for the months ahead.

  • Change the Oil and Filter: Fresh oil and a new filter is an essential component of any maintenance schedule. Your engine is made up of many fast-moving parts that rub against each other thousands of times every minute. Oil not only provides lubrication, but also absorbs excess heat and carries contaminants like dust, soot, and tiny metal particles to be collected by the filter. Putting off an oil change leads to excess accumulation of these contaminants, which negatively affects the engine's operation and efficiency. If you're due for an oil change, now is the ideal time to get a fresh start for summer.

  • Check the Coolant and Radiator: Your car's engine is designed to run hot, but the excess heat of summer can be tough on cooling systems. Idling in traffic on a hot day is especially problematic as there's no airflow to carry away excess heat. A properly functioning radiator and adequate coolant levels are better suited to these more extreme conditions. The trained technicians at Subaru of Portland can inspect your cooling system and perform a radiator flush/coolant top off if necessary.

  • Inspect the Battery: Excess heat can speed up chemical reactions in your car's battery and more readily evaporate necessary fluids, which can lead to corrosion and shorten its lifespan. A quick battery test will ensure you're not stranded on a hot day waiting for a jump.

  • Maintain the Air Conditioning System: Summer is warm enough as it is, but temperatures inside a vehicle can be hotter still, even with the windows open. This makes air-conditioning all but essential from June to September. If your A/C isn't getting as cold as it once did, visit Subaru of Portland to see if a system recharge is in order.

  • Clean or Replace Air Filters: With less rain to wash it away, summer is prime season for excess dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. Many cabin filters are easy to access and clean or change yourself. You can find OEM replacement filters through our parts department, or one of our technicians can take care of it for you.

  • Wash, Wax, and Detail: Keeping your car clean and shiny may seem like a purely aesthetic concern, but there's more to a wash and wax than meets the eye. Dirt and dust can wear away at the paint's topcoat, and things like tree sap and bird droppings become extra corrosive in the summer heat. This can expose the paint to the damaging effects of the sun and making it more prone to oxidation.

  • Rotate the Tires: Periodically swapping the positions of the front and rear tires helps ensure they wear evenly, prolonging their lifespan. Over-worn tires hurt your car's handling and traction and lead to premature replacement. Rotating the tires at every oil change is an easy way to remember this essential service.

Schedule Subaru Service near Scappoose

If your Subaru is due for service, you can schedule an appointment conveniently on our website. For more information about the recommended maintenance for your specific model, contact our Service Center at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you.

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