Auto Repair FAQs

We Answer Your Most Common Service Questions in Conway NH

Service Center FAQs from Profile Subaru in Conway

From Belmont to Littleton to Bridgton, New Hampshirites and Mainers alike love their Subarus. With high ground clearance, Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and limited-slip differentials, Subaru's were made for rugged New England conditions. And that's why, when dirt roads turn muddy, or the town streets are covered in snow, drivers know they can count on their Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, or Impreza to safely and confidently reach their destination. Plus, with regular maintenance and timely repairs, their Subaru will deliver years of reliable service, winter after winter, mud season after mud season.

Whether you need regularly scheduled maintenance or an unexpected repair, the expert technicians at Profile Subaru are here to help keep your Subaru performing at its best. To learn more about our  service center offerings, have a look at some of our most frequently asked questions. And if you'd like more information or need to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We're looking forward to serving you.

Why is Regular Maintenance Important?

Your Subaru is rugged, durable, and built to go the distance. But there's a lot going on inside, and stressors like high heat and continual vibrations eventually wear down components, inhibiting optimum operation. And that stress is compounded by extreme conditions like freezing cold, jarring terrain, and excess dirt, dust, and debris; things that Berlin NH and Naples ME drivers know well. Frequent maintenance ensures everything is shipshape so that your Subaru can stand up to the elements. Examples of regular maintenance items include oil and filter changes, tire rotations, wheel alignment, brake inspections, wiper replacements, and battery checks.

How Do I Know I Need Service?

Service timing depends on several factors. If you notice your vehicle behaving abnormally, making unfamiliar noises, or showing warning lights, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. Keeping to a regular maintenance schedule can help mitigate the occurrence of unexpected issues.

How Often Should I Change My Subaru's Oil?

Modern vehicles running on synthetic oil can typically go for 6,000 miles or longer without issues. However, factors like driving style and road and climate conditions can have a major effect on oil consumption and breakdown. Your Warranty & Maintenance Booklet provides service interval information specific to your model.

When Should I Have My Brakes Inspected?

Subaru recommends inspecting the brake lines,pads, and rotors every 12,000 miles or once a year. Brake fluid should be replaced at 30,000-mile/30-month intervals. Otherwise, you should bring your Subaru for service if you notice symptoms such as stiff or spongey pedal feel, acrid or burning odor, excessive steering wheel vibrations, or pulling to one side.

When Do I Need a Car Battery Replacement?

Batteries can last up to five years or more. But like other vehicle components, lifespan is heavily dependent on operating conditions. After three years, the battery should be tested twice a year. Signs of battery fatigue include battery light illumination, sluggish ignition, battery swelling or leakage, terminal corrosion, and dimmed lights.

When Should I Get My Tires Rotated?

Tire rotation is essential to ensuring even tread wear and maximum tire lifespan. Subaru recommends tire rotations every 6,000 miles. So, having them rotated with your oil change is an easy way to remember.

When Do My Tires Need to Be Replaced?

Properly cared-for tires can last from 30,000 to 50,000 miles or longer, depending on conditions. Tires have wear bars in their tread that, when flush with the tread service, indicate when they're no longer safe to use. Another way to check tread life is to insert a U.S. penny headfirst with Lincoln facing you. If the very top of Lincoln's head is visible, the tire should be replaced as soon as possible. Be sure to regularly check the sidewalls for bulging, cuts, or cracks.

Do I Need an Appointment for Subaru Service?

With Subaru Express Service, you can take care of minor maintenance items without an appointment. For other Subaru service needs, we recommend scheduling an appointment conveniently online. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop us a line. We're always happy to help.