Care for Your Subaru from the First Oil Change and Beyond

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When you drive off the lot, our relationship doesn’t end; the Nate Wade Subaru service center is ready to help you continue maintenance and necessary repairs throughout the life of your ride. Keep up with oil changes and you’ll maintain the top condition Subaru is known for. By following a basic timeline, you’ll continuously lubricate the Subaru BOXER® engine and keep it running smooth. Our factory-trained and certified technicians know the unique ins and outs of Subaru engineering, and we’ve found the sweet spot between having oil changes done. With Subaru the basic suggested timeline for oil changes is either 6,000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first. There’s a basic rule of thumb that you have the oil changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months, but Subaru makes an oil that specifically extends the timeline between changes. By utilizing Genuine Subaru Oil made for Subaru mechanics, the care of your vehicle is not compromised by the added time. At every visit your Subaru is serviced with the utmost care to ensure it is ready to hit the road when you leave our service center. During your break-in period, we suggest stopping in just before the 6,000 mile or 6 month mark, since this is the first time your vehicle is serviced since breaking in the motor.

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Determine the Right Grade of Synthetic Oil for Your Subaru

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You may not know it, but there are different grades when it comes to synthetic oil, and our certified Subaru technicians will recommend various grades dependent on your engine size and vehicle type. We determine the semi fluidness of your oil based on friction, called viscosity. When your Subaru is equipped with a 2.5 liter BOXER® engine like inside the Subaru Outback our recommendation is to use 0w-20 synthetic oil. For the Subaru Legacy with a 3.5 liter 6-cylinder BOXER® engine we suggest 5w-30 synthetic oil, or the use of conventional oil is acceptable. If your Forester utilizes the same 2.5 liter engine as the Outback then our recommendation remains the same, but if your unique ride has a 2.0 turbo BOXER® engine for the Forester then the recommendation is 5w-30 synthetic oil. Both the Impreza and Crosstrek utilize the 0w-20 oil. With the WRX and BRZ for at least the very first change we recommend 5w-30 synthetic oil. While the process of an oil change can be simple, the specifics make it complex. There’s no one better to determine the best grade of oil for your ride than our Subaru specialists. Visit our service department today and speak to one of our helpful and knowledgeable technicians about any questions you may have.

  1. First oil change prior to 6 months or 6,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  2. Synthetic oil is strongly recommended for all Subaru engines
  3. Recommend 0W-20 for non-turbo 4-cylinder engines
  4. Recommend 5W-30 for turbo and 6-cylinder engines
  5. Check with your Nate Wade Subaru service adviser for further details

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Keep Your New Vehicle Running Smooth with Nate Wade Subaru

Having a strong wheelhouse of knowledge is great to help keep your Subaru running for years to come. At Nate Wade Subaru we strive to offer the best information, services and products available for your Subaru to help extend your ride’s life whether it came from our dealership or you made the decision to visit our service center yourself. Our expansive inventory is available for you to browse at your leisure, and once you’ve found that dream Subaru we can deliver your new ride to you with one of our on-staff Subaru delivery specialists. Our factory-trained and certified technicians are always happy to have a chat to help you find a special that suits your needs or help you locate and understand any parts and replacements needed. And when it comes time for routine maintenance or worrisome problems our technicians are available to help solve and fix the problem. Visit our dealership today at 1207 South Main Street here in Salt Lake City and see what sets Subaru apart from other brands. We’re available to talk in person or by phone.