Oil & Fluids

The Importance of Fresh Oils and Fluids in Your Subaru Vehicle

Oil & Fluids

Ever wonder what’s under those yellow caps?

You know that maintenance of your Subaru vehicle is important, but do you ever wonder what exactly is meant when those in the automotive industry say things like “maintenance,” “fluids,” or “engine performance?” If so, know that you’re not alone. Many drivers don’t have a lot of time and energy to spend defining various automotive terms. Thankfully, at Putnam Subaru there is no need to do this.

If, however, you’re interested in learning more about the importance of fluids and oils in your vehicle, read on for some helpful information. The first tip our automotive technicians offer is this: when you look under your Subaru’s hood, check for the yellow caps. These are the key fluids which keep your vehicle running smoothly. Refer to your owner’s manual for detailed instructions, or check out our video library on this page with step-by-step instructions.

Engine Oil

Engine oil is essential to the overall health and longevity not only of your engine itself but your entire vehicle. This oil works to keep the engine from overheating, by pulling excess heat away from the hard-working part. It also keeps the engine well lubricated, assisting it in doing its job well. We’ve included a chart on when your Subaru needs its oil changed. It’s recommended that you also check the engine oil level every other time that you fill the gas tank. Some circumstances could cause your engine to use more oil, and this provides an easy way to remember to check it before a problem arises.

Between oil changes, Subaru recommends that you check the oil level on your dipstick at every other fuel stop. Depending on your driving style and other conditions, your engine may consume oil more frequently than the recommended oil change intervals. So check the level and top it off if it’s low. It’s good practice to check vehicle fluids to help ensure your Subaru performs safely. It’s easy and anyone can do it. View the videos above to see how you can check your vehicle’s fluid levels.

Subaru Engine Oil Type & Interval Chart

Want to learn more or simply to schedule your next oil change or other service appointment? We’d love to help you with any of your automotive maintenance or repairs.

We’re located conveniently in Burlingame, CA, just a short drive from San Francisco, San Mateo, and the Bay Area.

Oil Chart

*Subaru recommends using Subaru Genuine Oil or its equivalent.
**See your Owner’s Manual for specific instructions.

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  • Sunday Closed

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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
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Putnam Subaru

85 California Drive
Directions Burlingame, CA 94010

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

    85 California Drive
    Burlingame, CA 94010

    • Sales: 650-558-5628
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