What to Expect When Breaking In Your Subaru
Buying a new vehicle is a big deal but when that vehicle is a Subaru, it’s even bigger. You get world class safety features, the latest in technology, and the legendary Subaru exclusive BOXER® engine not to mention a durability and reliability that is unmatched. In fact, studies show that 96% of all Subaru cars and SUVs built in the last 12 years are still on the road. That’s an incredible feat! One of the ways Subaru is able to last so long is with proper breaking in procedures when the vehicle is new. Below you’ll find some helpful hints on the best way to break in your new Subaru so you can continue to get the best performance for years to come.
Essential Tips to Utilize During the Breaking In Period
For the first 1,000 miles that you drive your new Subaru car or SUV is when you should be cognizant of breaking in your new BOXER® engine. You’ll want to avoid traveling at the same speed or RPMs for an extended period; the best thing for your new vehicle is to travel at a leisurely pace on a few city roads before opening her up on the highway to cruising speed. Driving the full range of speeds you expect it to travel throughout its lifetime is helpful, but it is imperative that you keep your engine’s RPMs under 4,000. We know that it’s hard to not hit that gas pedal right away to see how your new car performs, especially if you’re behind the wheel of a Subaru performance powerhouse like the WRX or BRZ, but if you avoid hard, quick acceleration and hard stops, your engine will thank you and continue running in peak performance for years to come.
Two of the easiest things you can do to keep your Subaru in great shape that helps the breaking-in period are to take a good, hard look at your owner’s manual and to keep up with routine maintenance. One of the many things you will learn from reading it is your vehicle’s proper maintenance schedule and the expected lifespan of the car’s replaceable parts. The manual will help you know your Subaru inside and out which will in turn help you to know when and if your vehicle is in need of maintenance or repair, extending the longevity of your ride. Staying up to date on your vehicle’s routine maintenance is one of the most important things you can do. This includes bringing your car or SUV into our expert service center for an oil change, fluid replacement, including coolant, radiator fluid, and power steering fluid, as well as wiper blade replacement. Skipping even one of these important tasks can cause issues within your Subaru that could lead to more serious and costly repairs down the road.
At Nate Wade Subaru we’re invested in you and the life of your vehicle. If you have any questions about how to properly break in your new Subaru or about any of the routine maintenance your new vehicle requires, feel free to stop by our service center at 1207 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City and speak to any of our factory-trained and certified technicians. They’re always happy to take a look at your Subaru and answer any questions you may have.