Service Frequently Asked Questions

Need help caring for your Subaru? Check out these helpful Subaru service tips from Subaru of Macon

At Subaru of Macon, it should really come as no surprise to any of our valued customers that we care deeply about Subaru vehicles, whether they 're on our showroom floor or in your driveway. We want all our customers to enjoy the full performance potential of their Subaru vehicle of choice and stay safe on the roads of Macon, GA. Fortunately, the best way to ensure both of those things is to keep up with regular maintenance and care of your Subaru vehicle. And while regular maintenance isn't rocket science, our customers often have questions a few frequently-asked questions about regularly needed Subaru services and repairs. Luckily, we're well-equipped to answer those questions here at Subaru of Macon, helping you to get the most out of your Subaru car for years to come.


How often should I have my Subaru car's oil changed?

The short answer to this one is: it varies. One thing we can tell you is that almost no modern Subaru model needs an oil change every 3,000 miles, but beyond that, there's no "one-size-fits-all" answer. Subaru oil change intervals can range as high as 7,500 miles between oil changes, but can vary vastly depending on your driving style and the conditions you drive in. Ultimately, it's best to consult your owner's manual or one of our certified Subaru service advisors here at Subaru of Macon to determine when you should change your car's oil.

What type of oil should I use for my Subaru oil change?

Most Subaru models are recommended to use either 0w-20 synthetic oil or 5w-30 synthetic oil. By and large, synthetic oil keeps your Subaru car's engine cleaner and performs better in extremely high and extremely low temperatures. At our Macon, GA Subaru service center, we generally used synthetic oil for most Subaru oil changes, but we do have conventional oil available at your request.

How can I tell if I need to have the brakes replaced on my Subaru?

In many cases, if your Subaru car's brakes need to be replaced, you'll hear it or you'll feel it. Oftentimes, sounds like squeaking or squealing will indicate that your brake pads are worn down, while indicators like a pulsing brake pedal may mean that your brake rotors are warped and need to be replaced. In any case, Subaru brake issues are a serious issue, so if you suspect you might have brake trouble, schedule your next service appointment with our Macon, GA Subaru service center as soon as possible.

How often should I check my Subaru car's fluids?

That can vary depending on the fluid. For easily checked fluids like engine oil and coolant, it's all too easy to pop the hood and check the dipstick or indicators on the reservoir every other time you gas up your car. For other fluids like transmission fluid and brake fluid, you can check them monthly  by following the instructions in your owner's manual. However, if you find you vehicle is leaking fluid, get in touch with our team at the Subaru of Macon service center as soon as possible. Oftentimes, it's just water or condensation from your car's climate control system, but in rarer cases it could be fuel, so make sure to consult with a trained professional Subaru technician before driving it again.

How often should I have the cabin air filter replaced in my Subaru?

If your Subaru needs its cabin air filter replaced, you'll often notice odd or stale smells coming from its ventilation system.  Another clear sign that your cabin air filter needs to be replaced is weak airflow coming from one or more vents. Fortunately, replacing the cabin air filter in your Subaru only takes a few minutes, and can often be completed while you wait in our service waiting area here at Subaru of Macon.