Summer 2009 Forward to a Friend

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HOMELINK® SUPPORT

If you have an auto-dimming inside mirror equipped with the HomeLink1 feature in your Subaru, you were provided a separate HomeLink user guide. It has step-by-step programming instructions.

Access more information on HomeLink and its compatible products by calling toll-free (800) 355-3515 or on the HomeLink Web site at www.homelink.com.

1 HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls.

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INSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR ADJUSTMENT

The support arm for the inside rearview mirror has two pivot points – one on the glass and one at the back of the mirror. These allow you to adjust the mirror vertically for the optimum view out the rear window as well as the windshield.



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15 WAYS TO MAKE DRIVING IN SUN GLARE SAFER

  1. Keep windows clean – both inside and outside
  2. Keep wiper blades in good condition and the windshield washer reservoir full
  3. Repair windshield chips and cracks
  4. Use sun visors to block sunshine
  5. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap and tilt down the brim
  6. Wear sunglasses – good sunglasses with polarized (anti-reflective) lenses – and keep them clean
  7. Turn on low beams so oncoming drivers can see you
  8. Do not clean the dashboard with high-gloss cleaners
  9. Keep the windshield and dash area clear of non-essential stickers and other extraneous objects
  10. As always, leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you
  11. Anticipate slowing traffic ahead
  12. Do not brake suddenly if blinded by the sun – lift off the accelerator and slow gradually
  13. Consider alternate routes to avoid driving directly into the sun, or, if possible, avoid driving at sunrise and sunset
  14. Buy a vehicle with dark exterior paint
  15. Stop to rest your eyes more often in sunny conditions

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TOP 10 DRIVING HAZARDS AND CHALLENGES THAT SCARE PEOPLE THE MOST



  1. Escaping a submerged or sinking vehicle (41%)
  2. Driving with a tire blowout (18%)
  3. Driving in snow and ice (12%)
  4. Changing a tire (11%)
  5. Changing a blown fuse (6%)
  6. Jump-starting a vehicle (5%)
  7. Changing windshield wipers (3%)
  8. Driving a manual transmission (2%)
  9. Parallel parking (1%)
  10. Checking tire pressure (1%)

Source: LeaseTrader.com


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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Genuine Subaru Oil Filter Features

Subaru recently introduced a new oil filter, which is installed in Legacy, Outback, and Tribeca models manufactured by Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. and also sold as Genuine Subaru Oil Filters. The new filter passed the same rigorous testing requirements and specifications set by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. as the one it replaced, and it provides a number of benefits:

  • Pleated media has variable density paper, which improves the filter’s ability to trap contaminants. Variable density paper is more expensive than common aftermarket filter paper.
  • A relief valve feature allows oil to flow to the engine even if the filter is clogged. The valve’s torque setting was tuned specifically for Subaru engines.
  • Made of silicone material, the anti-drainback valve provides optimum performance and sealing to prevent oil from draining out of the filter when the engine is off. Generally, aftermarket filters use lesser materials.
  • The external gasket is a molded P-ring design, which offers superior sealing for solid contact between the filter and engine. Many aftermarket filters use a common lathe-cut (non-molded/less expensive) gasket for sealing.

These filters are available only at authorized Subaru dealers.


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IMPROVE FUEL ECONOMY

If your Subaru is equipped with a fuel-consumption readout in an information display, use it to your advantage by paying attention. This constant reminder of average miles per gallon will help you to ease up on the throttle and improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Note: Thanks to those readers who sent in this tip.

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