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What is a Timing Belt?

A timing belt is a belt that adjusts that actions of the camshaft in your vehicle in order to maintain its performance. Depending on how old your vehicle is, your timing belt could be a chain or it could be an actual belt made of rubber. Regardless of your vehicle's age, the timing belt serves the same purpose.

The goal of the timing belt is to keep your vehicle’s engine running smoothly. Your timing belt may need to be replaced if you notice your engine is slipping or if your engine misfires. Sometimes, there may not be any…

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How to Control Pet Hair in Your Car

Your pet may love the car, but you may not love cleaning up after your pet. Fabric seats attract pet hair, and that hair can become woven right in with the fibers. It's easier to prevent that from happening in the first place than cleaning it up later, so take a few moments before your trip to brush your pet with the most effective brush you have to eliminate stray hairs.

Specially made seat protectors for pets are waterproof in addition to keeping hair off of your upholstery. Lay out one of these or a towel to prevent excess…

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Reasons to Wash Your Car

Washing your car does so much more than just keep it looking nice. It protects your vehicle's resale value, increases fuel efficiency, enhances visibility, and prevents damage to the exterior.

Washing your car regularly means that dust and grime will have less opportunity to chip away at the paint coat. This will save you time and money of having the exterior of your car repainted. It also washes out harmful debris from the mechanical parts of your car.  

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Managing Your Vehicle in the Spring

Spring is one of the seasons where the need for car maintenance is at a high. Among the things you are going to be doing in the Spring is washing your vehicle and making sure that it is in good condition. However, you are going to have to do other things to take care of your vehicle.

The type of maintenance your vehicle is going to need depends on the manufacturer and how the vehicle is designed. Therefore, it is a good idea to check out the owners manual to get information on the seasonal maintenance schedule for your vehicle…

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You Were in a Car Crash: Tips for What’s Next

You’ve been in an accident. How you handle the next few minutes is critical. At Hatfield Subaru, we have a little bit of advice to ensure everything gets done.

First, get out of the vehicle and assess injuries. Talk to the other driver and find out if anyone in their vehicle is injured. Call 911 to get an ambulance out to the scene if anyone needs medical attention. Otherwise, call the police department to report that there’s been an accident. 

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Maintain Pressure and Fluids to Maximize Fuel Economy

One way to increase your fuel economy while driving is to decrease the drag on your vehicle. Keep storage items from the top of your vehicle, including a luggage rack if possible. Bike racks on top of and on the back of your vehicle often increase the amount of drag as well, which can take away from your fuel economy.

Maintain the correct pressure in your tires. If the pressure isn't where it's supposed to be, then it can take longer for your car to roll when making a turn, which can then decrease fuel economy. Most new…

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How to Change a Flat Tire in Emergencies

Knowing how to change a flat tire is important if you're ever in situation in which you can't call a professional to replace it for you. At Hatfield Subaru, we care about helping our readers become informed vehicle owners. We recommend that you test changing a tire at home to learn how the process works for your car. You don't want your first time going through the motions to be in the real situation of having to replace a flat tire.

When you change a tire, find a safe, level place to park. Your car is at…

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Move Over When You See Autos on the Roadside

We know folks love to drive at Hatfield Subaru, and we would love to help you drive expertly. True expert drivers know every traffic law. This blog piece can help you understand Move Over Laws.

No matter where you drive in the United States, a Move Over Law applies. While each state wrote its own law, each of these laws is basically designed to help you give police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians space to perform their jobs more safely. Breaking any state's Move Over Law results in a ticket or worse. 

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How to Control Odors in Your Vehicle

You have probably gotten in your car before and smelled something that you didn’t like. This happens all the time, especially if something gets stuck in your vents before you turn off your car. Since the small space of your car can get engulfed in a smell if it’s trapped in the vent, you need to be careful to flush your vents and open your car windows before turning off.

If you find that a smell isn’t going away, you can use baking soda and charcoal filters to help you remove onerous odors. In addition, shampooing and…

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Getting Rid of Excess Road Salt can Maintain Vehicle Values

Here at Hatfield Subaru, we enjoy taking the time out to help our customers to properly maintain their vehicles. While there are many areas that need attention on most vehicles, one common area that often gets little attention is the issue of road salt. This substance is fairly ubiquitous on the roads of communities that are located in cold climates. While this product can be invaluable in terms of safety, it can also be a source of considerable vehicular damage. 

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