Subaru Auto Repair
Here at Accurate Auto of Beaverton, Hillsboro and Lake Oswego we are your one stop shop for all your Subaru repair needs. Although Subaru’s are very reliable cars – just ask any Subaru owner – and they’re certainly well built with quality materials, there are some problems that are relatively common to these vehicles. One of the most common problems people complain about are head gasket leaks – the head gaskets allow engine oil and coolant to escape inside or outside of the engine.
Other problems commonly associated with Subaru vehicles are caused by the A/C system O-rings and the oil cooler O-ring. The A/C O-rings wear out and the air conditioning of the car starts to blow warm air. The oil cooler O-ring is located near the oil filter and usually leaks oil when starting to wear out. Other common problems are caused by rubber parts – such as belts and bushings – that start to crack.
Each car model has its pros and cons. Some are safer, while others are a lot cheaper to maintain. If you are looking to purchase a new car – either a Subaru or any other brand – make sure you know exactly what each brand and model has to offer. You must be able to look past the illuminated vanity mirrors and other small things (the multitude of cup holders comes to mind) and focus on the core issues. In this article, you will find everything you need to know about why so many people choose Subaru over other brands. You will also learn why Subaru owners are so passionate about their rides. If for any reason you encounter any issues , please don’t hesitate to call Accurate Auto your Subaru Repair experts.
The heart of a Subaru is its Boxer engine – this engine is responsible for the energy these cars are renowned for. The Boxer engine is a flat laying engine that is able to generate more than enough power for the symmetrical All Wheel Drive (AWD) system used by Subaru. Through intelligent engineering, Subaru technicians have managed to create an engine that perfectly balances power and efficiency. This demonstrates that Subaru is 100% dedicated to enhancing your driving experience and protecting your safety.
The pistons of the Subaru engine move horizontally rather than vertically like those in most other cars. The move of the pistons is similar to a boxer who is punching; hence, the name “Boxer” was chosen for this engine. The engine is capable of delivering optimal power and balance even under the most difficult conditions. And, even better, it can do this while still maintaining the highest fuel efficiency (compared to AWD vehicles). Bottom line, the Boxer engine has no competition.
Boxer Engine versus V-type and Inline Engines
• The only other manufacturer to use a flat laying engine is Porsche. Both Subaru and Porsche understood long ago that Boxer engines provide maximum power and stability for their cars. We are proud to say that none of the V-type and Inline engines commonly found in cars from other manufacturers, such as Honda, Ford, Toyota and Nissan, comes even close to a Boxer engine.
• To prolong the life of an engine and also increase the comfort of car occupants, vibrations must be kept to a minimum. The unique characteristics of the Boxer engine allow it to produce a lot less vibration than a V-type or Inline engine. The engine is manufactured in such a way that opposed pistons cancel each other’s’ vibrations.
• The key to a long life—when it comes to engines—is to have the pistons lubricated all the time. A flat laying engine ensures that its pistons are always lubricated, unlike those in an Inline or V-type engine. As long as the pistons stay lubricated, they wear a lot more slowly. In fact, dry starting engines cause damage to the pistons and cylinders because there is a lot of friction between moving parts. The Subaru Boxer engine minimizes the amount of friction generated when you start your car, leading to longer engine life.
1. Subaru Symmetrical AWD
Many car manufacturers say “We have all-wheel drive, just like Subaru” when people ask them about their AWD cars. The problem with this statement is that their AWD is not at all like the symmetrical all-wheel drive Subaru cars use. Systems developed by Nissan, Honda, Ford and Toyota are simply adapted from 2-wheel drive and don’t provide the benefits of a true AWD system – namely, zero torque steer, equal weight distribution, and linear power flow to all wheels.
Don’t let salespeople fool you into thinking that Intuitive AWD, Real Time 4WD, Intelligent 4WD and On-Demand 4WD are symmetrical AWD systems; they are not! Only the system on the Subaru is always on and ready to protect you and your loved ones under any circumstances. The Subaru AWD system delivers linear power flow to all four wheels and has equal drive shafts that completely eliminate torque steer. Remember that the lower center of gravity ensures that Subarus are better balanced and easier to control than other cars.
So, what is torque steer? Torque steer appears during heavy acceleration and forces the steering to pull aggressively to one side, causing the driver to struggle to maintain control of the vehicle. Because Subaru uses a true symmetrical AWD system, torque steer will never be a problem. The system is perfectly balanced so that your car doesn’t lose its steering under heavy acceleration.
Symmetrical AWD Versus AWD Derived From Front-Wheel Drive
AWD systems derived from front-wheel drive will never compare to Subaru’s symmetrical AWD. The first starts working only when the onboard sensors detect slippage, and may start working too late to save the car and its passengers. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive works all the time to keep you safe even under the most stressful road conditions. The system greatly increases the stability of the car, as well as its power and safety. Subaru’s AWD also provides best in class control and handling, so you never have to worry about your safety.
2. Subaru Advanced Safety Features
Here at Accurate Auto, we understand that the best way to survive an accident is to avoid it in the first place. This is why our Subarus are equipped with the latest generation of both active and passive safety systems. Did you know that Subaru is the ONLY manufacturer that has received the IIHS Top Safety Picks for All Models award not one, but FIVE YEARS IN A ROW?
Ring-Shaped Reinforced Frame
The ring-shaped construction of Subaru vehicles ensures that the forces of the impact are safely dissipated and absorbed by the car; this keeps you and other passengers safe during a crash. As long as the forces are diverted away from the cabin, the chances of everyone walking away from the crash are greatly increased.
Safety Brake Pedal System
We know that the brake pedal and other parts are very dangerous during a frontal crash, so we make sure that these parts are not in a position to hurt your feet and legs. The safety brake pedal system diverts the pedal from the driver’s legs so that it can’t cause any harm. Your Subaru is safer when this safety system is installed; even though you may never need it, it’s good to have it.
Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (electronic stability control)
The VDC system is standard on all Subaru models starting with 2010. The system constantly measures everything from vehicle angle and braking forces to steering wheel input and takes action immediately if it senses that the vehicle is about to skid. The VDC instantaneously applies individual brakes and may even reduce the power to specific wheels so that your Subaru does not slide. Electronic stability control has saved thousands of lives and Subaru has implemented it on all its models starting with 2010.
• Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control operates at all times (any speed, both cornering and straight line).
• The system detects an imminent danger at the front or rear of the car and instantly applies brakes to counter the threat. Stability is restored before you even know you were in danger.
• VDC can be deactivated and reactivated by the simple push of a button near the steering wheel.
• A VDC warning light is displayed on the dashboard when the electronic stability control system is deactivated. To reactivate the system, press the VDC button. You can also activate the VDC only until the engine is turned off by holding the VDC button for 10 seconds.
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
The independent suspension was designed with a single purpose in mind: to keep all wheels firmly on the ground and to maintain contact with the ground at all times. Potholes never present a problem to your Subaru (at any speed) because each wheel reacts independently and the car remains stable. Moreover, the independent suspension guarantees a smooth ride even over the roughest roads.
The suspension is designed to work perfectly with the Subaru Symmetrical AWD. The Double Wishbone Suspension assembly found only in Subaru vehicles maximizes trunk space—you can store more cargo into your car than you would be able to store in cars equipped with traditional suspension assemblies.
Subaru Active Safety Features
• Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with four sensors
• Balanced and stable Boxer Engine
• Symmetrical AWD
• Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
• Perfectly Calibrated Brake Assist
• Four Wheels Independent Suspension
• Enhanced Driver Visibility
• State of the art VDC System
Subaru Passive Safety Features
• Reinforced frame (ring-shaped design that absorbs crash forces and prevents cabin intrusion)
• Two crumple zones – front and also rear
• Occupant restraint systems: both state of the art airbags and seat belts
• Unique Safety Pedal System
• Safe Engine placement (sub-frame)
• The steering column collapses to avoid injuring occupants during a crash
• LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children)