Breaking-In Your New Subaru

Read below to learn the best way to break-in your new Subaru. Make an Appointment Today

August 15th, 2023

Buying a new ride is a big deal, and you want to get the most out of your investment. Subaru engineering is known world-wide for an impressive array of safety features, the latest innovative technology and performance features, including the sought-after Subaru exclusive flat BOXER® engine. Stepping into a Subaru that’s uniquely yours is a pleasure all its own, and with the added bonus of long-lasting reliability and durability, there’s a lot of benefits to consider when choosing your next ride. In fact, KBB recently did a study that revealed more than 96% of all Subaru models produced in the past decade are still cruising down the road today. That’s an amazingly long time for your vehicle to remain drivable and comfortable, and with these helpful break-in methods, we hope to help you extend the longevity of your ride and keep your Subaru on the road for years to come.

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Subaru Break-In Method

The first 1,000 miles that you put on your new Subaru once you leave our lot are some of the most important. These miles are the “break-in” period for your flat BOXER® engine and taking the time to properly break-in this Subaru-exclusive engine will help extend the longevity of your ride. It’s important during this time to give your engine a taste of different RPMs, so having a mixture of daily driving in the city and hitting the highways on the weekends is a great way to vary your speeds. Although you want to test your engine out for different speeds and conditions, during these first 1,000 miles it’s important to keep your RPMs under 4,000. Avoiding harsh, quick acceleration periods or hard stops during this time is integral to the health of your engine and we encourage you to give your Subaru engine the adjustment period it deserves. We know it’s difficult to fight the urge to put the pedal to the floor and test out everything your new Subaru has to offer, especially if you’re cruising in one of our zippy models such as the WRX or BRZ, but your Subaru will thank you later for taking it easy during those first 1,000 miles.

A vital part of breaking in your Subaru the right way is understanding and maintaining your maintenance schedule. It might not seem like a big deal since you just got this new ride, but the upkeep of your new Subaru is just as important as taking it easy during those first 1,000 miles. Your vehicle has its own unique maintenance schedule, catered to the design of your ride, and the best place to start and find out what kind of schedule your vehicle needs is to take a peek inside the owner’s manual. Keeping up with the ideal maintenance timeline for your new Subaru can help extend the lifespan of your ride, and you’ll have a better chance of staving off catastrophic repairs further down the line if you start caring for your ride from day one. Get the most out of your vehicle’s replaceable parts by maintaining your service schedule, and utilizing the best parts and accessories around to keep your ride going strong.

Following your owner’s manual can be a little daunting, and if there are too many gray areas or you just want to have your vehicle checked out when it’s time for an oil change or routine maintenance appointment, our experts can always help here at our service center. If you need some guidance towards breaking in your new ride, or you just want the first check up to go as smooth as can be, our knowledgeable staff of factory-trained and certified Subaru specialists are here to help. The owner’s manual is an excellent guide, and our experts can help keep easy maintenance such as fluid levels and replacement up to par, including your radiator fluid, coolant and power steering fluid. Keeping up with smaller maintenance appointments in the beginning puts your Subaru in a better place to last for years to come, and routinely seeing a technician lets them check on your ride more often, meaning they can let you know of any future repairs before they become a dangerous issue. Establishing a consistent maintenance schedule when you first get your ride and maintaining it is significantly easier than jumping around and hoping your ride is getting the care it deserves. After you’ve had a chance to consult your owners manual, and those first 1,000 miles are under your belt, give us a call here in Salt Lake City and we’ll help to answer any other questions you might have.

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