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Making iOS Safe on the Road with Apple CarPlay

iOS is good, nobody’s arguing with that. However, like all mobile devices, it’s not safe to be messing with this stuff when you’re driving. But, we need our Spotify, our GPS and our maps. We need to be able to answer when your spouse or our boss gives us a call. Thankfully, Apple’s CarPlay looks to be the most convenient and safe feature in next generation car models.

Dash Display

The dash display is large and simple yet fully-featured. You can see who’s calling, where you are, what weather and traffic are like with a…

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Tips on How to Drive Safely in the Rain

The crew at Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek is offering you this guide for driving in the rain to keep you and your passengers safer on these roadways.

  • Turn on your windshield wipers, turn on the headlights too. This not only is the law in many states, it makes your vehicle easier for other drivers to see and their visibility decreases.
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Spring into a New Season with These Car Care Tips

When you're scheduling your next oil change, don't forget to ask about a complete spring maintenance appointment. In addition to regular oil changes, your car also needs maintenance appointments to ensure your car is running as smoothly as possible.

Refer to your owner's manual or check with your maintenance team to discover how frequently you need to have maintenance performed on your car. 

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Spare Tire Guide: Buying a Compact or Full-Size Tire

Flat tires are a headache, but when you replace the tire, you want to make sure that you get the right spare for the situation. While some dealerships include a spare "compact" tire, others will have a full-size tire that is a good replacement to match your other tires in case of a flat tire.

Compact spare tires are smaller and not made to handle the complete load of your vehicle. 

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When to Get a New Battery

The battery in your car provides the power for the starter to get your car going in the mornings. It provides power to the headlights and other important electronic components in your vehicle. If the battery is going bad, you may not be able to start your car.

There are some signs when your battery needs to be replaced. If you notice that your car's engine is cranking more slowly when you go to start it, that is often a sign that you need a new battery.

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Why Worry About Leaks in Your Car’s Exhaust System?

Why worry about an exhaust leak? The gas will still pass through the system and out the back, won’t it? While that question may have some truth to it, there is a larger truth that you must take into consideration. Any leak in your exhaust system will affect the performance of your vehicle, and a leak in your exhaust system may be deadly to you and your passengers.

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What an Alternator Does in Your Vehicle

When you think about the alternator in your car, what you need to know is that it has to do with the power in your vehicle. Without an alternator, your battery dies fast and you are left without the ability to drive your car.

 

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What You Need to Know About Move Over Laws

When it comes to the move over laws there is a lot more at stake than your car or acting on a common courtesy. Workers, emergency responders, tractor trailers, tow truck drivers and pedestrians who may be experiencing car troubles all benefit from this simple life-saving rule. The act of simply moving over can save your life or someone else's.

 

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Try Our Online Scheduling Tool

It can be overwhelming sometimes to think about all of the different things that you need to accomplish each day. Between going to and from work, running errands, making meals for your family, getting to and from activities and trying to find time to relax with those that you love, the last thing you want to consider is something like scheduling routine maintenance for your vehicle.

We here at Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek want to make this process as easy for you as we possibly can. 

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How Do You Know When to Change Your Oil?

For the longest time, people took their cars in for oil changes every 3,000 miles. However, nowadays, this generally is not necessary. Here at Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek, we know that some cars only need oil changes every 10,000 miles. Even the cars that need the most frequent oil changes typically only need an oil change every 5,000 miles or so.

You could be wondering how you can tell when your oil should be changed. There are actually a few ways to tell this. If you check your vehicle's manual, this information should be listed…

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