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Top off your brake fluid

Check brake fluid monthly. Wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid before you open it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your car's maker. Never substitute other fluids, such as transmission or power-steering fluid. And don't use brake fluid from a previously opened container. Once exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and contaminates easily.

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Carr Stands ready to help!

 As fall approaches, our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone in the region impacted by the unprecedented forest fire conditions, the devastation of property, and loss of life. This, in combination with a global pandemic and general uncertainties, has proven to be an extremely difficult time for all. Please know that Carr Stands ready to help provide peace of mind for you on the road forward.

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Beware the wet thumb!

If you top off your tires at a service station, check to see if there's moisture coming from the air pump. Simply depress the pin inside the inflator valve with your thumbnail. If your thumb gets wet, advise the station manager that his tanks need to be drained and go to a different station. Moisture, trapped inside a tire, can cause pressure variations and corrode rims.

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Thank You First Responders!

We honor all of those who lost their lives on #September11. May we also #NeverForget the heroism of our first responders on that day and the bravery exhibited by those on Flight 93. To the men and women who have served in defense of our nation since that day, also to all the people helping us fight the fires of Oregon, stay strong, have faith and keep fighting.  Thank you.
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Have wheel alignment checked!

Have your car's wheel alignment checked every 30,000 miles (48,000 km), or as recommended in your owner's manual. Also, have it checked after buying new tires and when you replace a rack-and-pinion steering unit or other steering parts. Improper tire alignment will shorten the life of your tires as well as cause poor handling. If your steering is stiffer than normal or the vehicle pulls to one side, you probably have an alignment problem.

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Top Deals for Labor Day Weekend!

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend, and the end of this summer with a new ride. Looking for a new set of wheels? Labor Day weekend is still one of the best times to find a deal on a new vehicle. Here at Carr Subaru, we like to…

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Keep the caps on!

You step out into driveway ready to start your morning commute only to discover a flat tire. How in the heck did that happen overnight? If the tire valve is missing its cap, the culprit might be a leaky valve. Those little caps keep out dirt and moisture that can cause leaks, so be sure to keep caps on all your tire valves. Another tip: When you replace tires, remind the tire shop that you expect new valves with the tires.

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When temperatures affect tire inflation

When temperatures affect tire inflation

When outside temperatures drop or soar, tires tend to lose pressure. A drop of 10 degrees F (6 degrees C), in fact, will decrease a tire's air pressure by 1 or 2 pounds. Tires can lose even more air in hot weather. Under-inflated tires can result in accelerated wear and poor driving performance. If you live in a place where temperatures vary a lot, check your tire pressure often and add air as needed.

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Rotate your tires!

Rotate your tires

Rotating your tires helps to distribute tire wear evenly and ensures that you'll get the maximum road life out of them. The first rotation is especially important. Your owner's manual should specify both rotation period and pattern. If not, rotate your tires every 6,000 to 7,500 miles (9,700 to 12,000 km…

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Check tread for safety!

Part 2:  Water may not escape from under your tires fast enough and you risk hydroplaning—a dangerous situation in which your car loses traction and literally floats on the water. Stick an American quarter between the treads in several places. If part of Washington's head is always covered, you have enough tread to drive in the rain. If you drive in snow, you'll need at least 3/16-inch (5 mm) of tread to get adequate…
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