Keep Safe By Avoiding Roadway Distractions

All across the country, distracted driving is one of the most common yet dangerous threats to American drivers. With all of the distractions posed by today's gadgets, it's easy for your eyes and mind to move away from the road. We want you to keep safe on the road, and some tips can help you avoid the dangers of distracted driving.

One of the easiest ways to get distracted behind the wheel is to drive while you're drowsy or over-tired. Keeping your concentration on the road can be difficult when you're fully alert, so driving while…

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Car Covers Can Help You Take Care of Your Subaru Vehicle

After you've done all the work of researching a car, you can do a few things in an effort to keep that "new car" feeling going strong. First, you can make sure you're getting regular servicing so all of your internal components are well maintained. You can also take steps to take care of your cosmetic components. 

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Don’t Be Caught in a Rain Storm with Inoperable Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades help you to maintain a clearer view, and it is certainly much better to have working wiper blades in a rainstorm than to not have them. When it’s raining, the wiper blades will evenly disperse the water away from the windshield in order to provide you a clearer view and help to keep you safe.

The benefit of your wiper blades operating effectively during a rainstorm cannot be underscored enough. If you’ve ever been caught in a rainstorm with inoperable wiper blades, then you know it’s something that can not only be very frustrating…

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Let's Go Tailgating!

The Hatfield Subaru team loves helping our customers with tips and questions about tailgating. Here are a few of our favorite tips for your tailgating adventure!

Leave early! If you plan on setting up, enjoying your guests and cleaning up, you should arrive 4-5 hours prior to the game. Plan ahead and arrive on time, so your party goes smoothly. 

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Reasons Your Engine May be Overheating

When you are going from one place to another in Columbus, and you notice that the temperature of your car's engine is starting to climb, it might mean you are going to see it overheat before too long. The problem is more serious than you might imagine.

If there is an issue with the coolant system, it can mean big problems with your engine. The coolant system might not be pushing the liquid that can cool your engine through the mechanism. If that continues to happen, pistons and cylinders are going to get damaged and sooner or later your…

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What the Tire Pressure Light Is Telling You

A pressure sensor in a tire will let the vehicle's internal computer know if it is below a safe air pressure. If this is the case, a light will appear on the dashboard alerting the driver to the problem. In some cases, the actual tire pressure will appear instead.

If a tire is not properly inflated, it could cause it to wear faster, which costs a vehicle owner money. However, it is important to note that a tire can lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature falls during the course of several hours. 

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What is Engine Oil Viscosity?

Everyone knows that you need to check the fluids in your vehicle on a regular basis, including the oil level. After driving a certain number of miles, you are also supposed to have the oil changed. When doing so, you will probably hear the term viscosity. Just what does that mean as pertaining to vehicle engine oil?

The viscosity of the oil is the measurement of its resistance to flow. An engine oil with a high viscosity rating will flow more slowly, while a lower viscosity rating means the oil will flow faster. 

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Tire Care Tips and the Importance of Tread & Pressure

Driving the car for extended periods with the wrong tire pressure will certainly have a negative impact on your vehicle. Not only does it make it harder to handle your vehicle at higher speeds, it is going to cost you money when the tires wear quicker. If you are driving the vehicle with tire pressure in the tires that is too low, the outside of the treads wears faster. As the sidewall wears, it becomes harder to control your vehicle, mostly because of the increase in heat and friction.

When the tire pressure is too high, the tires are not…

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Recognizing the Signs of Cooling System Hose Damage

The impressive amount of heat that is produced by your engine while you drive needs to be carefully managed in order to promote smooth motor operation and avoid damage to motor components. The coolant that tames these high temperatures is routed through the system via a number of specially-designed cooling system hoses. These parts are made to exacting heat and pressure specifications, and many are designed for specific vehicles or engines.

While long-lasting, cooling system hoses eventually wear out. 

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How to Use Your Car's Battery for Jump Starting

Knowing how to jump start another car is helpful when your spouse's car is in need of a jump start. It's easy to jump start a car, but if you aren't able to get it going after 3-4 tries, you should stop. Continuing to try jump starting could damage the car's electrical system.

To jump start a car, you must turn the vehicles off and set the parking brakes. Manual cars should be in neutral, and automatic cars should be in park. Attach the positive cable clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery, then…

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