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We've all been there: It's a busy time of year and, before you know it, you've gone an extra 500 miles past the scheduled time for your next oil change! It says so right on the windshield sticker - and yet your car runs fine. How much longer could you go without changing the oil? Is the oil change industry some sort of racket? Here at Carter Subaru Ballard, we know spending money on auto maintenance is a hassle, and we love helping our customers save! But, as much as we hate to break it to you, regular oil changes truly are essential. Been a while since your last change? Don't worry! We've got quality oils and talented, friendly technicians in our service center who can help you catch up on your Subaru preventative maintenance.

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Do I Have to Change the Oil in my Subaru Every 3,000 Miles?

Now, if you're comparing the life of your engine oil to the old rule of thumb - an oil change every 3,000 miles - it's true that you may not have to change the oil this often. Modern engines are better than ever at lubricating and cooling, and certain types of high-quality and synthetic engine oil can easily last twice as long before it begins to break down. For example, according to the owner's manual, the 2011 Subaru Forester needs an oil change after the first 3,000 miles, but only every 7,500 miles thereafter. However, if you go too far past the manufacturer's recommended interval, the oil will begin to break down and lose its lubricating and cooling properties. This can cause major internal damage to your engine - damage that will cost far more to fix than a simple oil change would have.

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How to Schedule Your Maintenance Appointment at Carter Subaru Ballard

No matter what your maintenance issue, we've got a friendly and experienced team that can help you get it fixed--and get it fixed right--at a price you'll be pleased with. When it's time for regular maintenance or an emergency repair, visit the pros at the Carter Subaru Ballard Service Center! Schedule your next appointment online, give us a call to speak to a service expert, or stop by without an appointment at 5201 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Seattle's Home for Subaru Maintenance and Repair is Carter Subaru Ballard

Thanks to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology and award-winning safety and durability, it's little wonder why Subaru is one of the most popular automakers in the Pacific Northwest. At Carter Subaru Ballard, we're your partners in the care and maintenance of your Subaru. Unlike the mechanics at neighborhood garages and nationwide service chains, our technicians are factory-trained experts in all things Subaru. When it comes to Subaru, we've seen it all, so bring your Subaru to the pros at Carter Subaru Ballard. With our huge inventory of OEM Subaru parts and knowledgeable service techs, we can get your repair done right the first time, and often faster than the other guys!

Carter Subaru Ballard

5201 Leary Ave NW
Directions Seattle, WA 98107

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    5201 Leary Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

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