FAQ Subaru Service

Congratulations on your new Subaru! Subaru models of all types are built with reliability, power, safety, and comfort in mind. If this is your first vehicle from this manufacturer, you probably have a number of questions about ongoing maintenance and service in the Charlottesville area. After all, routine maintenance is incredibly important if you want to keep your vehicle in good shape for many more years. Let's take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions that we get at our Umansky Subaru of Charlottesville service center.

What do I do when my check engine light comes on?

Your check engine light is designed to illuminate whenever you have something going wrong with your vehicle. It can be something as simple as low air pressure in one of your tires. Something much more serious can be going on with your engine or transmission. Regardless of what you think the issue may be, it's incredibly important that you have your Subaru looked at when you are alerted of a problem. Our service technicians near Ruckersville can usually take care of a small problem now before it becomes very involved and expensive.

How often should I have the oil changed in my Subaru?

The recommended period in between oil changes varies from one Subaru model to the next. You'll want to check the owner's manual that came with your specific model to see what the recommendation is. In general, our service department suggests that all vehicles receive an oil change every six months or so. While you can put it off for a little longer when you use a higher quality oil and filter, it's ideal to keep your engine clean with fresh oil periodically.

Should I use synthetic or conventional oil for my Subaru?

The preference between synthetic and conventional oil really depends on the person. Conventional oil is naturally sourced. It works well for all of the Subarus that are on our lot, but synthetic oil has its benefits as well. For one, synthetic oil tends to be a bit more affordable than conventional. Synthetic oils are man-made, so each version of oil will be very consistent. Your vehicle will thrive from this consistency over time, and you may see an increase in the fuel efficiency numbers that you're achieving.

How can I tell if my Subaru needs new tires?

Purchasing new tires is an expensive investment, but the tires on your vehicle need to be in good shape if you want to stay safe while driving around Earlysville. Tires with a good amount of tread on them will provide you with good traction in a variety of different weather conditions. You can bring your vehicle into Umansky Subaru of Charlottesville's service center if you would like to have your tire quality inspected. We'd be happy to show you how to check your tire tread wear at home as well. You also want to keep an eye out for one or more tires that appear to be wearing down at a faster rate than the others. This indicates a problem that is larger than just worn down tires. We also encourage routine tire rotations when you come into our service center. This will help prolong the life of your current set of tires.

Contact Umansky Subaur of Charlottesville for Service

If you would like to ask one of our experienced service technicians about the service and maintenance that your Subaru needs, feel free to contact us at any time. We encourage you to keep a close eye on how your vehicle is functioning. There can be very slight changes that occur when something isn't functioning quite right. We might not be able to pick up on those changes right away, but you may notice problems taking place before anyone else does. This could include alarming noises or a change in fuel efficiency numbers.

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