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Putnam Subaru

85 California Drive ,
Directions Burlingame, CA 94010

  • Sales: (888) 697-0962
  • Service: (888) 378-0708
  • Parts: (888) 845-7749

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Brakes & Other Maintenance

Why Have Your Maintenance Done at Putnam Subaru?

Have you ever been in a car accident, either as the driver or the passenger? If so, you likely remember that awful sound of the brakes squealing before impact.

We don't think a lot about all of the parts that keep our cars, trucks and SUVs running smoothly each and every day. Often, we don't think of them at all until there is a needed repair. If you start thinking about everything that works together to keep you safe on the road, it can be mindboggling.

One part that you never want to overlook? Your vehicle's brakes. This is an incredibly important part. They are used heavily each day that you drive, whether in normal use-as when you slow to let a dog or cat cross the road-or in an emergency situation when someone pulls out in front of you and you have to apply them quickly to avoid an accident.

In addition to brake checks, cleaning and brake repair, we also take care of a host of other auto-related maintenance here at Putnam Subaru. Our onsite service center is staffed by highly-trained technicians who look forward to helping you. 

Routine care and maintenance of your vehicle now can prevent big and more expensive problems later. There are reasons that auto manufacturers recommend different service and checkup appointments during the life of your vehicle: it keeps them as reliable and safe as possible on the road.

Located conveniently in Burlingame, CA, we're proud to also serve drivers from the nearby areas of San Francisco, San Mateo, and the Bay Area.


Putnam Subaru Tire Center

Make it last with routine maintenance.

We realize it can be confusing to figure out why and when a service or maintenance must be done to your Subaru throughout its lifetime. We don’t expect you to know it all, so we’ve come up with a way to explain what’s going on with the key systems of your Subaru and how we can keep them performing at their best.

Check out these fun videos that show common maintenance items and operations related to your Subaru. This way, you can learn a little bit more about your vehicle and what to expect when you bring it in for service.

Brakes

With all of life’s starts and stops, you eventually need a rest. For your Subaru to come to a rest, it needs well-maintained brakes. Our factory trained technicians are experienced in brake inspections and replacement, and they know the right parts that are specifically engineered for your vehicle.

Did you know Genuine Subaru brake pads are made and tested with specific materials that not only help you stop safely, but help regulate the balance and control of your vehicle while braking? Other repair shops may recommend any replacement brake parts, but we have the correct ones that are calibrated to work specifically with your vehicle’s braking system so you remain in control if you need to step hard on the brakes.

With systems like Vehicle Dynamics Control and EyeSight®, it’s crucial to use Genuine Subaru Parts in order for this technology to operate correctly. Learn more about your braking system, the signs of worn brakes, and our inspection process in the videos above.

EyeSight® is designed to avoid or lessen the severity of frontal crashes and is a driver assist system that may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors. See the Owner’s Manual for complete details.

Battery

If you’ve ever experienced being stuck with a dead battery, you know how draining the feeling is. We get that, and that’s why we will run a battery health test every time you bring your vehicle in for a multi-point inspection. We use a specific Subaru battery tester to monitor it, and the charging system as well. We’ll determine your battery’s state of charge to help prevent a no-start situation.

You may be aware that your battery helps start your vehicle and provides electricity for things like your lights and playing your favorite tunes. What you may not know are the many things that can affect its health – including its age and extreme temperatures – and one day it will need to be replaced. When it’s time, we'll have the exact replacement you'll need.

Air Filters

Air filters allow clean air in while keeping contaminants out. Your Subaru has two of them – one for the engine and one for the air you breathe inside your vehicle. Our factory trained technicians inspect both filters during the multi-point inspection.

When it comes time to change them, we’ll replace them with Genuine Subaru filters for the proper fit and proven filtration. Other places may recommend filters that fit “okay,” but only our Genuine Subaru filters are a direct replacement for the filters that were engineered to work best in your vehicle. See more about our filters in the Checking Engine Air Filter and Checking Cabin Air Filter videos.

Windshield Wipers

If your wiper blades cause streaking or chattering because the rubber is worn, we’ll gladly assist by replacing them with new ones. Continued use, the summer’s heat and winter’s brittle cold can affect the blades over the course of a year, and they’ll probably need to be replaced annually. A clear view of the road is always important to have. So, when your windshield needs clearing, you’re going to want well-functioning wipers on your Subaru to safely view the road ahead.

Shocks and Struts

The shocks and struts of your Subaru absorb the impact from unfortunate bumps in the road, and they help keep your ride feeling comfortable. We'll review them during our multi-point inspection, along with the other components of your suspension system, to make sure your vehicle handles safely and rides smoothly.

Sharp turns, cruising curves at freeway speeds, and hard braking can be handled confidently with healthy shocks and struts. Learn more about them, and the possible symptoms that might indicate that they need to be serviced, in the video above entitled “Worn Shocks and Struts”.

Advanced Repairs

Regular maintenance, such as oil changes or tire and brake replacement, is natural to any vehicle's upkeep. But over time, driving conditions and many miles on moving parts can cause the need for repairs to the engine, transmission, suspension and other major systems.

If it comes to the point where your Subaru needs advanced repair work, we have something that other shops can't provide – Subaru certified factory trained technicians. They have gained hands-on, vehicle-specific training at a Subaru Training Center and receive updated training annually. They specialize in repairing the unique Subaru Boxer® engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, EyeSight® and more, with tools and parts specifically designed for Subaru vehicles.

This means, at Putnam Subaru, your vehicle is in the hands of knowledgeable technicians who are familiar with Subaru vehicles – inside and out. Not only do they know how your vehicle operates mechanically, but they are also familiar with the advanced electronics that operate your vehicle and are capable of interpreting data from specialized diagnostic computers. You'll also have a welcoming service team that's committed to repairing your Subaru correctly with Genuine Subaru Parts.

Hours

  • Monday 07:00am - 05:00pm
  • Tuesday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Wednesday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Thursday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Friday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Saturday 07:00am - 05:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

Service Amenities

Not only do we provide expert Subaru care, we are proud to offer these added benefits that make us different than the rest:

  • 24/7 online scheduling
  • Easy online appointment scheduling
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi & TV
  • Emergency road service
  • Free coffee and donuts

Putnam Subaru

85 California Drive
Directions Burlingame, CA 94010

  • Service: (650) 558-5689
  1. Putnam Subaru

    85 California Drive
    Burlingame, CA 94010

    • Sales: (888) 697-0962
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