How To Service Tips

Here at Haddad Subaru, we want to make sure you know basic Car Care Tips so that you're able to take care of your Subaru.  Some tips will help you save money, some will help you save on gas and all of them will help you keep your Subaru running a long, long time!

Check back for more helpful tips; we'll be updating this page throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email our service department  or call us at 413-442-1584.

How To Jump Start Your Car

The Berkshires are known for its beautiful mountain hikes and scenic drives.  From Mt. Greylock's spectacular views of North Adams and Williamstown,  October Mountain's serene vistas in Lenox and Lee, and Monument Mountain's hawks eye views in Great Barrington - a day in the Berkshire hills is a wonderful day - unless your car won't start when you get back to it. 

Don't let a dead battery ruin a great day.  Jump starting your car is easy...as long as you know what goes where.  That's why Haddad Subaru has made How to Jump Start a Car printout available.  Just keep it in your glove box and you'll be ready if you ever need to jump start your car yourself.

If you end up needing a new battery, Haddad Subaru's Parts Department  has a large inventory of quality batteries.  Call them at (888) 697-8046.


How to Jump Start a Car

1) Move car with the 'live' battery as close as possible to the car to be jumpstarted – without the cars touching.
2) Place both vehicles in park, with ignitions turned off and parking brakes on.
3) Connect the cables in this order:
a) Attach one of the Red clips to the Positive terminal of the car with the dead battery (the terminal with a 'POS' or '+'on it).
b) Attach the other Red clip to the Positive terminal of the 'live' battery.
c) Attach one of the Black clips to the Negative terminal of the 'live' battery.
d) Attach the last Black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that's not near the battery (for eg, one of the metal struts that holds your hood open).
4) Try to start your vehicle.  If it won't start, make sure the cables are connected properly, run the car with the good battery for 5 minutes, then try starting your car again.
5) After your car starts, disconnect the cables in the same order you connected them.  DO NOT turn off your car – keep the car running for at least 15 minutes.


How To Change A Flat Tire

Nothing can ruin a day quicker than a flat tire.  Print out the How to Change a Flat Tire instructions and keep it in your glove compartment; you'll be back driving around the beautiful Berkshires in no time!

If you'd prefer,  the friendly team at Haddad Subaru's Service Department would be happy to assist you.  Call us at 888-697-7112 or
click here to schedule an appointment .   If you end up needing a new tire, you're in luck!  Haddad Subaru has the best tires at the best prices around!


How to Change a Flat Tire

1) Park your car on a level surface, away from traffic, and set your parking brake.
2) Remove the spare tire and combination jack/wrench.  You will also need a flat tip screwdriver.
3) Remove the hubcap cover with the flat tip screwdriver.
4) Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench (turn to the left or counterclockwise) but do not completely remove them before you jack up the car.
5) After all the lugnuts are loosened, place the jack under the car so that it touches either the frame or the big bar that supports the front wheel suspension (your owner's manual may have a more specific place recommended for your car).
6) Jack the car up so that it's a little higher off the ground than is necessary to remove the flat tire – this will leave room to put the new, full tire on.
7) Remove the lugnuts and place them carefully aside.  Grasp the flat tire with both hands and pull it toward you.  Once it's off your vehicle, roll it out of the way.
8) Lift the spare tire onto the lug bolts, replace the lug nuts and tighten by hand (turn them to the right or counterclockwise)– wait until the car is on the ground before you really tighten the lug nuts with the wrench.
9) Lower the car back down and remove the jack.  Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.
10) Replace the hubcap (cover with a cloth – don't hit it with the wrench or you might dent it), put the jack and flat in your car. Get the flat repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

 

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Subaru MPG Tips

Subaru MPG Tips

Subaru MPG = Maintenance Preserves Gas

You own a Subaru because you have places to go! Haddad Subaru Service Department's job is to get you there!
Maintaining your Subaru properly is the key to vehicle longevity. Our Subaru Service Department is standing by to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. Our highly-trained staff and high tech repair and diagnostic center will maximize your Subaru's performance and keep you on the road.

What is MPG Service?

Subaru is the most fuel efficient all-wheel-drive brand on the market. However, next time you're at the pump, think about this: better fuel economy starts with better vehicle maintenance. Why? Because neglect of basic maintenance items can have a significant effect on fuel consumption and the amount of money you spend to fill 'er up.
It's a good thing Haddad Subaru already offers a range of Genuine Subaru Maintenance Parts and Services that can help you boost fuel economy and save money. Call your Haddad Subaru Service Adviser at (888) 697-7112 or click to set up an appointment with service   for recommendations on how to get the maximum MPG performance from your Subaru.

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Subaru Save Fuel

MOTOR OIL AND OIL FILTER
Along with performing routine oil and oil filter changes, using the lightest grade of oil for your climate, season, and vehicle model will help improve fuel economy. Switching from higher viscosity oil reduces engine friction, and can result in a 6% gain in fuel economy.

AIR FILTER
A clogged air filter will make your engine work harder and use more fuel. Replacing a dirty air filter can improve mpg by as much as 10%.

SPARK PLUGS
A misfiring spark plug can cut fuel efficiency by as much as 30%. Replacing spark plugs according to owner's manual recommendations - anD using Genuine Subaru spark plugs will help maintain maximum mpg.

WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Along with poor handling and uneven tire wear, wheel misalignment can cause a 10% drop in fuel economy.

ENGINE MAINTENANCE
Carbon deposits on air intake valves and in the throttle body reduce fuel economy. Genuine Subaru Engine Cleaner and Genuine Subaru Throttle Plate and Induction Cleaner can remove harmful deposits. Genuine Subaru Fuel Injector Cleaner Fluid can help prevent them.

ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS
A triggered Check Engine light could be signaling any number of problems that impact fuel economy. Diagnosing and repairing a faulty oxygen sensor, for example, can improve mpg by as much as 40%.

TIRE PRESSURE
Tires under-inflated by just four pounds of pressure can cut mpg by 10%. Keep your tires properly inflated by checking their pressure often, and always when they are cold.

Driving Tips to Help Your Subaru Save Fuel

Bringing your vehicle into Haddad Subaru for Subaru service is an easy way to improve fuel economy. But so are these mpg-conscious driving and refueling tips, which you can practice out on the road, for real day-to-day savings:

DRIVE SENSIBLY
Rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas. Avoiding jackrabbit starts and stops can increase fuel economy by 5%.

OBSERVE SPEED LIMITS
Fuel economy drops 2% for every mile per hour that you drive over 55. Just slowing down from 75 to 65 mph can increase mpg up to 15%.

REMOVE EXCESS WEIGHT
Avoid traveling with unnecessary items, especially heavy ones - for every extra 100 pounds that a vehicle carries, fuel economy drops by 2 %.

AVOID EXCESSIVE IDLING
Idling longer than 60 seconds consumes more gas than stopping and restarting. If your stop is going to take more than a minute, turn the engine off.

COMBINE TRIPS
Several short trips can use twice as much fuel as one long trip of the same distance. Save gas and time by combining your errands.

FILL UP EARLY OR LATE
Gas has greater density at lower temperatures. Fill up during the cooler early-morning or late-evening hours, and you'll get more gas for your money.

USE THE PROPER OCTANE
Higher octane gas won't boost mpg, so unless your vehicle requires it, it's a waste of money. Using lower octane gas in a vehicle that does require it can result in power loss and engine damage.

DON'T OVERFILL
Topping off a tank only results in gas sloshing around or seeping out. Don't waste the extra fuel dollars - stop pumping at the first click of an automatic fuel nozzle.

TIGHTEN THE GAS CAP
A loose, damaged or missing gas cap can allow gas to evaporate and cause a loss of up to 2 mpg.

CLOSE THE WINDOWS
At highway speeds, open windows cause air drag that burns extra fuel. Rolling them up can increase fuel economy by 10%.


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Miscellaneous

  1.  Tighten up your gas cap. Gas will evaporate from the tank if it has a way to escape. Also a loose gas cap will turn on the check engine light

  2.  Pump up your tires. A vehicle with under inflated tires will handle poorly and cause excessive wear to your tires, in addition to causing gas mileage to decrease by as much as 15%

  3.  Replace Air filters. A dirty engine air filter can cause gas mileage to drop by 10% and cause your engine to work harder. Air filters should be checked with every oil change

  4.  Be sure to use the right oil for your vehicle, Today's engines are designed to work with specific oil grades, failure to use the proper one can cause engine wear and damage and might even turn on your check engine light.

  5.  Check your tire pressures. Pressures should be checked once a month and before every long trip. A 10 degree drop in air temperature can cause tires to loose between 1 to 1.5 pounds of air pressure.

  6.  Don't skimp on maintenance. Be serious about car care, your vehicle's performance depends on it! Oil and filter changes are critical to the well being of your auto

  7.  Keep it in tune! A properly tuned engine will last longer, run better and provide better fuel economy.  A worn or misfiring spark plug can rob as much as 30% of your fuel efficiency!

  8.  Check your wipers before you need them! At least twice a year, check the wiper blades and replace them if they are worn or torn. Damaged blades could scratch your windshield not to mention it's hard to see when that unexpected thunderstorm shows up!

  9.  Protect your finish. Be sure to use a quality wash product to clean the exterior of your vehicle. Harsh chemicals can actually strip off the protective finish and damage the paint. Never let bird droppings or tree sap stay on your car's finish for very long, they can permanently damage the finish.

  10. If your vehicle has a cabin air filter, that cleans the air coming into your heating and air conditioning system, they should be checked and replaced if needed every 15,000 miles. A dirty filter will decrease the performance of your heating and air conditioning system and who wants to breathe dirty air?

  11. Check your lights every month. Once a month turn on your lights and walk around the vehicle making sure all your lights work especially the often overlooked license plate lamps, this will make it safer for you driving at night and might save you from a ticket!

  12. Have your drive belts checked every 30,000 to 35,000 miles, if there are any signs of fraying or cracks they should be replaced. A belt can break unexpectedly   and leave you stranded.

  13. All engine hoses should be checked for signs of wear or leakage after 60,000 miles. If a hose breaks while you are on a trip, it could cause engine damage and delays in your trip​

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Haddad Subaru

652 East St
Directions Pittsfield, MA 01201

  • Sales: (413) 595-2013
  • Service: (844) 783-9590
  • Parts: (888) 697-8046
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    Pittsfield, MA 01201

    • Sales: (413) 595-2013
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