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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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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