- Know your vehicle’s gross weight rating and never exceed it: The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) – combined total of the weight of the vehicle, fuel, driver, all passengers, luggage, and optional equipment – is listed on the B-pillar; find out more about GVWR in your Owner’s Manual.
- Do not stack too much on the top: Know the weight limit of the roof rack, and do not exceed it to maintain the durability of the rack system and to limit the effect of the change in the vehicle’s center of gravity and resultant handling
- Balance the load: Distribute cargo evenly throughout the vehicle
- Check tire pressure
- Retain a clear view out the back window
During Subaru dealer service appointments, the technician working on your vehicle uses a check list similar to the one shown. It lists a number of vehicle systems and components inspected as part of the service. Six of them are marked with the letters MPG. MPG stands for “Maintenance Preserves Gas.” The back of the sheet explains how proper maintenance and care of these six items contributes to improved fuel economy:
- Tire pressure
- Motor oil and oil filter
- Air filter
- Spark plugs
- Engine diagnostics
Summer is over and fall is here, so we offer this reminder to prepare your vehicle for the change of seasons. To emphasize this point, Subaru endorses Car Care Month during the month of October. A regularly maintained vehicle will reward you with improved reliability and better fuel economy.
For Car Care Month, many dealers offer coupons and special promotions such as free inspections. See your dealer for details, or check the dealer's website.