Car Washing Tips and Tricks

Car washing tips

Check out some of these car washing tips to make your car look squeaky clean.

Washing your car by hand may seem like a thing of the past as automated car washes seem to pop up every couple of blocks. There are things an automated wash won’t get off, though, which means you’ll need to do some scrubbing. Don’t know where to start? No worries! We here at Steve Lewis Subaru will help you out with some car washing tricks!

First, make sure you’re using a soap dedicated to cars. Using other soaps and cleaners, like household detergents, can damage your paint over time. Soap dedicated to cars will care for the paint and ensures there won’t be any harm.

The best time to wash your car is when it’s cool out. Usually, the mornings or evenings are best. Washing when the sun is high in the sky and beating down on your vehicle will cause water and soap to dry quickly, meaning you’ll need to wet your car over and over again to rinse and remove water stains. That can turn into some serious time wasted!

No matter what The Karate Kid taught you, “wax on, wax off” is not the way to go when using a sponge on your car. Moving the sponge in circles can create swirl marks, light but still noticeable scratches. Instead, move the sponge up and down for a clean result.

Subaru and Center for Pet Safety Partner for Pet Crate Safety

Our pets are like family, so when traveling, their safety is just as important as ours! In order to raise awareness about pet crate safety while traveling, Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) have joined together in a partnership. They recently released the results of their 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Study and we’re here to let you know what products received the best ratings.

Border Collie in Car

Keep your pet safe in the car with one of our study’s suggested carriers.

After running the study, Subaru and CPS came to the conclusion that the three products listed below provided the most effective levels of safety for pets.

1. 2015 Top Performing Crate – Gunnar Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps
2. 2015 Top Performing Carrier – PetEgo Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier
3. 2015 Top Performance Carrier – ISOFIX-Latch Connection and Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock

Michael McHale, Subaru’s Director of Corporate Communications, said, “Alongside Center for Pet Safety, we are proud to help lead the charge in identifying the best crates and carriers for pet lovers everywhere, while, more importantly, making pet parents aware of the safety measures they can take and the dangers that can occur if they don’t.”

One of the main components of the Subaru Love Promise is helping animals. Locally, we work with the Dakin Animal Shelter, while nationally Subaru partners with the ASPCA and the National Wildlife Federation.

Crates and carriers are so important when traveling with your pet, as they protect them from becoming a projectile in case you’re ever in an accident. For more about pet crate safety, click here.

Subaru and United By Blue Partnership to Provide 6 Waterway Cleanups

The Subaru and United By Blue partnership will be providing 6 waterway cleanups throughout the end of this year and in 2016. The partnership efforts will help to keep rivers and oceans free of garbage.

United By Blue’s mission is to have a pound of waste removed from waterways for every product they sell, and Subaru is the official vehicle of the clean-up efforts.

Vehicle celebrating the Subaru and United By Blue partnership

Subaru’s partnership with United by Blue enters its fourth year with a commitment to waste removal.

Together their goal is to reach 250,000 pounds of trash removal by the end of the year.

Brian Linton, founder of United By Blue, said, “We are proud to continue our partnership with Subaru, a brand that shares our commitment to saving the environment.”

This round of clean-ups recently started at the end of last month and will run through May 2016. To date, United By Blue has removed 243,843 pounds from rivers, streams, oceans and creaks after 131 organized cleanups.

At Steve Lewis Subaru, we are proud of the projects Subaru has committed to in hopes of making our world a better place!

Why it’s Important to Change Your Oil

Routine maintenance is pesky and can sometimes get in the way of the more exciting things in life like spontaneous road trips—but it is still the most important thing you can do for your car. Something like changing the oil can cost you thirty or forty bucks but it can save you a bundle in the long run. In the end, there are many reasons why you need to change your oil on a routine basis.

Car breakdown oil change

She’d be even happier if she knew how important it was to change your oil before problems happen.

Simply put, oil is a lubricant that keeps the metal pieces of a car’s engine from mashing themselves to non-working bits. A car’s engine tends to get hot, but oil carries some of the heat away, allowing the engine to run normally. When oil isn’t replaced, it stops lubricating and carrying heat away. This can cause your car to have some significant, costly issues.

If the oil isn’t changed, the pistons could seize up, the camshafts could be damaged, or carbon and sludge build up could cost you a bundle in an engine cleaning. Replacing piston rings alone is something we wouldn’t wish on any car owner, let alone the pistons themselves. Take the cheap way out – get an oil change.

If you’re in the market for an oil change, think Steve Lewis Subaru and try out our service center!

Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid Hits Japan

2015 Subaru Impreza

The Impreza is getting the hybrid treatment in Japan, with plans to eventually bring a similar line state-side.

Subaru is looking at the greener side of life as the trend of fuel-efficient technology in Japan continues to rise. The Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid officially joined the lineup in the Japanese market on July 10. The gas-electric model is the second hybrid offered in Subaru’s Japanese lineup.

While Subaru won’t be selling the Impreza Hybrid in North American any time soon, we’re hoping that this will change. In Subaru’s Japanese market, though, things are looking good for the automaker, which plans to sell 6,000 Impreza Sport Hybrids per year in Japan alone.

Sharing an electric all-wheel drive powertrain with the Subaru XV Hybrid, the Impreza Hybrid will help improve fuel efficiency across the brand’s lineup. The Impreza and XV hybrid models both get about 48 mpg, although the Japanese equivalent isn’t equal to an official United States EPA rating.

Starting next year Subaru plans to convert its gasoline engines to direct injection. By 2020, Subaru is scheduled to add cylinder deactivation and lean combustion cycles to further improve fuel economy.

Subaru currently sells the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in North America. A plug-in hybrid is also in the works, but won’t reach North American shores in 2018.