Keep Your Subaru Running Great With This Maintenance Checklist

It doesn't matter if you've just purchased a vehicle or you've had the same one for years, auto maintenance is imperative. An adequately maintained vehicle will indeed last longer, drive smoother, and look better. Also, you'll be far less likely for a vehicle break down at the most inopportune of times. Here at Harley Swain Subaru in Hermiston, Oregon, we recommend following this simple checklist to keep your Subaru (or any other vehicle) running at an optimal level year-round.


What goes on under your hood is a critical component of vehicle maintenance. Here are the fluids that should be checked.

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Steering fluid
  • Windshield washing fluid

All of these fluids allow for your car's smoother operation, but engine oil is the most important. We provide a check and top off all these fluids when you come on for an oil change. 

Check and Replace Filters

The cabin air filter and the engine air filter need to be checked to maintain your vehicle. First, the engine air filter should be replaced roughly every 12,000-15,000 miles. Although it's a simple maintenance task, a clean air filter improves fuel efficiency, reduces emission output, and allows for increased engine performance. Cabin air filters can be checked between 15,000-30,000 miles. They prevent contaminants like smoke, pollen, and dust from entering the HVAC system. This maintenance need will improve air quality, which can become quite helpful if you suffer from allergies.

Tire Check And Rotation

 Another essential element of vehicle maintenance is checking the tires to ensure you are safe on the road. First, tires should have the proper pressure to improve fuel efficiency, prolong the lifespan, and give you better traction on the road. Generally, it would be best if you had tire pressure checked at least once time per month. It's a good idea for best practice to conduct a quick visual inspection yourself before heading out for the day. This process allows you to spot a tire with inadequate pressure- (and prevent an accident). Rotating tires should occur roughly every 6,000-8,000 miles or every other oil change. Switching up tire position allows for even wear, thus increasing how long they'll last. Our technicians will also inspect your tires' tread depth when you're in for a routine oil change, and recommended replacement should your safety be compromised. 

Inspect Windshield Wipers and Check Battery

Windshield wipers are a simple, yet often overlooked, part of vehicle maintenance. They help ensure visibility through all the elements like heavy rain, fogging, snow, or even dust. If you use your wipers when the windshield is dry, and it streaks, consider replacing them. According to your owner's manual, we can help ensure the right set is being used on your vehicle.

A car battery can be checked twice a year. It becomes more important to check before the colder winter temperatures, making your battery work a little harder. Our mechanics can inspect your battery, and we will recommend a replacement if necessary. 


Proper light functioning is imperative for nighttime driving. These checks should include brake lights, turn signals, hazard lights, and brights. Even something small like a brake light being out can put you at much higher risk for an accident. Also, check your interior lights to ensure they are fully operational should you need to pull over in the middle of the night. 

Don't Forget To Keep Your Vehicle Clean

We all know that a clean car looks great, but you might not realize its importance for maintenance. Did you know washing the exterior can help prevent your paint from fading prematurely and help avoid rust formation? The best method to clean a car is to stop from the top and work your way down, working out of direct sunlight to prevent soap from damaging your vehicle. Apply a coat of wax to have maximal protection from exterior elements. The interior should be vacuumed often, especially under your car mats where dirt and debris tend to gather the most. Cloth seats can be shampooed and air-dried to avoid spot formation and deep dirt accumulation. 

Harley Swain Service Center In Hermiston, Oregon Is Your One-Stop-Shop

Our friendly experts are happy to help your vehicle running its best with our certified Subaru service center. We will provide all the necessary maintenance needs for your car at the appropriate interval. Knowing that our team always has your best interest in mind, we provide Subaru service specials to save you money. Make an appointment with us today, and we'll take care of it for you.

Harley Swain Subaru

1915 N 1st Street
Directions Hermiston, OR 97838

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