How to prep your Subaru in different climates.

We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can control how prepared your Subaru is for her. Since driving conditions will vary throughout the year based on the region you live in, and the seasonal changes associated with it, we’ve categorized three general types of climates – warm, moderate and cold – and list the ways in which you can prepare your Subaru for each.

Warm Climate Preparation

Warmer climates usually produce mild to considerably warm temperatures all year long with rainfall occurring more often in the winter season. Areas near mountains, deserts and the coast can bring about different weather patterns and temperatures, but generally here are some common check-ups recommended from season to season if you live in a warm climate:

  • Inspect the tires – pressure, tread depth and condition
  • Consider summer tires over all-season tires
  • Test the battery
  • Review the A/C system
  • Check the oil level
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Check the wipers and exterior lights
  • Check the brake pads and components
  • Inspect the engine air and cabin air filters

Prepping for Summer

Moderate Climate Preparation

Moderate climates tend to have a mix between warm and cold climate zones with light snowfall in the winter and mild to warm summers with occasional rainfall. Some common seasonal vehicle preparations for a moderate climate are as follows:

  • Inspect the tires – pressure, tread depth and condition
  • Consider all-season tires
  • Check the oil level
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Inspect the heating, cooling and defroster system
  • Test the battery
  • Check the wipers and exterior lights
  • Check the components of the suspension system
  • Check the wheel alignment
  • Check the brake pads and components

Prepping for Spring

Prepping for Fall

Cold Climate Preparation

Colder climates usually dip below freezing when winter arrives and receive light to heavy snowfall for extended periods of time. The summer season brings similar conditions to that of warmer and moderate climates with a fair share of rainfall. Review the warmer climate section when summer arrives for suggested check-ups. As for winter, if you live in or spend a good amount of time in a colder climate, here are some common things to prepare your Subaru during the winter season:

  • Consider purchasing/switching to winter tires
  • Adjust tire pressure (cold temperatures decrease tire pressure)
  • Check tire tread depth
  • Check the oil level
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Make sure windshield washer fluid is suitable for freezing temps
  • Check the condition of wiper blades and exterior lights
  • Consider winter wiper blades
  • Test the battery
  • Check the brake pads and components
  • Check the heating and defroster systems

Why It's Important to Prepare Your Vehicle For the Changing Seasons


Preparing your Subaru vehicle for winter is the same as putting away your shirts and sandals once fall and winter arrive, it just makes sense. Here in the greater Norwich, NY area, we have the privilege of enjoying four vastly different seasons. But with the changing of seasons, you should also change around your vehicle to be prepared to take on everything mother nature has to throw your way. Properly equipping your vehicle to take on the different seasons is important to the health of your car, safety of yourself and others, and the all-around performance of your vehicle. Preparing it correctly ensures that your vehicle will be around to take on the many more changing seasons ahead, which is why we're going to provide you with some helpful tips to keep in mind as the seasons change in front of your eyes!


How To Prep Your Subaru for Warm Weather

During the summer here in the greater Norwich, NY area, we experience both long stretches of sun and heat, as well as many periods of rain. In order for your vehicle to function at the highest level possible during these unpredictable summers, it's a good idea to have the proper summer tires equipped rather than all seasons. This ensures that you're getting the highest level of performance and efficiency out of your vehicle at all times. Another important factor is to check all of the fluid levels and oil to protect against overheating.


How to Prep Your Subaru for Cold Weather

Here in Norwich, winter seems to stick around for longer than all the other seasons combined, which is why it's so important to properly equip your Subaru vehicle to battle the inclement weather. One of the most important steps you can take is to equip your vehicle with the proper winter tires. Even with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the only way to ensure you're getting the most traction possible in winter driving conditions is to equip your vehicle with the right snow tires. Another good idea is to test your battery to make sure it has a sufficient charge so you won't be left stranded in the snow this winter.

There are many other steps you can take to be properly prepared for winter, and if you need assistance in performing any of them, we welcome you to join us here at Benedict Subaru and our expertly trained Subaru technicians in our service center can take care of it for you in no time. Our dealership is conveniently located in Norwich, NY and we proudly serve drivers from all over Oneonta, Binghamton, Cortland, and Utica.

Prepping for Winter

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    4814 State Highway 23
    Norwich, NY 13815

    • Sales: 607-334-2224
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