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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The Value of Your Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Whether your vehicle’s air filters are part of the air ventilation system inside or in the engine compartment, they play an important part in keeping the environment clear of contaminants. They are usually constructed of a light foam or paper that have very small pores designed to keep larger particles of harmful dust and debris out.

An engine filter sits in its own compartment on the exterior of the engine housing. When it’s changed at appropriate intervals, it serves to help maintain the engine’s metal parts by not contributing to gritty build-up. 

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What is a Differential?

If the word differential seems foreign to you, you’re not alone. Many Columbus, OH motorists don’t know what it means or what the differential does. The differential is a gearbox that makes it possible for your vehicle to keep running and make turns. Our technicians at Hatfield Subaru can not only inspect your differential, but also service it and schedule regular maintenance.

In addition to helping your vehicle turn, your vehicle’s differential works with the transmission to send power to the engine. 

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Don’t Be Left in the Cold: Fill Your Gas Tank

If you have ever had to leave the comfort of your warm vehicle on a very cold morning in order to put gas in your fuel tank, then you know that experience is not a very pleasant one. We here at Hatfield Subaru want you to know that you can lessen the times that are spent outside in the cold weather pumping gas by making sure that you top off your tank when you are getting gas.

Enjoy a longer duration of time in between fill ups. 

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A Closer Look at Oil Change Intervals

If you're worried that a new SUV or car will cost too much to maintain, you're in for a treat. The servicing intervals for both oil changes and tune-ups have increased significantly. It's not uncommon to have an oil change due at 7,500 miles, with a tune-up at 100,000 miles. This is due to the advancement of both engines and the petroleum used in vehicles.

Synthetic and specialty oil give vehicles a much more efficient way to run. Most vehicles will also tell us when it's time for service. If your vehicle doesn't…

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The Importance of Winter Wiper Blades

Winter blades are extremely important for those who reside in cold climates. When it snows or even just gets cold enough for ice, you may experience trouble with your wiper blades. How can Hatfield Subaru in Columbus, OH help?

Traditional wiper blades bend and get clogged up with ice and snow in extreme cold, causing them to not work properly. 

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Get Out of a Slippery Situation This Winter

Sand is a great tool to have when you are traveling this winter. It will give you the traction you need to hopefully get out of a slippery situation as you navigate the Columbus, OH region. Cat litter will also do the trick, but be sure to use litter that is not clumpy or you could end up with a gooey, slippery mess. That can actually defeat the purpose of having to use kitty litter in the first place.

Instead of kitty litter, you can use sand to add traction on your driveway, although like kitty litter, sand does not…

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