If you maintain your Outback yourself instead of bringing it to a shop, you’ll save loads of money. You’ll save even more money by shopping with us. We offer wholesale pricing on genuine OEM Subaru parts and accessories. We keep your Outback maintenance costs low.
The Importance Of Stocking Up On Maintenance Parts
Maintaining your car yourself comes with one downside. When you order a replacement part, you may need to wait a while to receive it. That may put your car out of commission, depending on how bad the issue is.
The good news is that there’s an easy way to avoid that problem. Stock up on maintenance parts ahead of time! Staying ahead of your Outback maintenance schedule doesn’t take much effort. All you need to do is make sure that you have the replacement parts on hand when it’s time to maintain your Outback.
Check out these 8 must-have maintenance parts for your Outback:
1. Engine Air Filters
Under normal circumstances, you need to replace your engine air filter every 12K-15K miles. It can't hurt to have a few engine air filters in your garage. It's easy to check the engine air filter from time to time. So if you notice that the filter in your car has gotten a bit too dirty, you can swap it right there and then.
2. Brake Pads
The longevity of your brake pads depends on your driving style. If you're hard on your brakes, your pads will last about 25K miles. If you're easy on your brakes, your pads can last as long as 70K miles. With normal braking, your pads will last about 50K miles.
Sooner or later, you'll notice that your brake pads are on their way out. You don't want to drive with bad brake pads until your new ones arrive. It would be much more convenient to have a new set waiting in your garage. Do your future self a favor and stock up with one set of brake pads per rotor.
Rotors last about 70K miles, but they can fail early. If that happens, you want to be ready to replace them. When your rotors go bad, your Outback's braking power is compromised. That puts you and other drivers in a very dangerous situation.
Having an extra set of replacement rotors on hand is great to have. You'll get to replace your rotors as soon as they go bad.
It's always good to have fluids ready for when you need to replace them or top them off. We recommend stocking up on the following fluids:
- Brake fluid
- Motor oil
- Washer fluid
- Differential fluid
- Transmission fluid
5. Wiper Blades
Wiper blades start to wear out after 6 months. Wiper blades are a very important safety feature. So when you notice a drop in driving visibility from worn wipers, you want to replace them ASAP.
Let's say you're on a road trip, hundreds of miles away from home. It starts raining hard. Your wiper blades leave streaks across your windshield. You can't see the road that well anymore. You figure that the only way to fix this situation is to replace your wiper blades. But what if the nearest Subaru dealership is 50 miles away?
You won't have to worry about that problem if you already have a set of replacement wiper blades in the car! All you need to do is pull over and replace the wiper blades. It'll take only a few minutes, tops. Sure beats driving around looking for a dealer that carries wipers for your Outback, doesn't it?
What if your car battery dies and you have no way to get to a Subaru dealership to get a new battery? You could have your Outback jump started, but who's to say that you'll find someone with jumper cables in their vehicle?
Car batteries last about 3 or 4 years. So if you feel that your Outback's battery is nearing the end of its life, you may want to grab a replacement battery. That way, you'll have one ready once your battery finally kicks the bucket.
7. Serpentine Belt
When your serpentine belt fails, you'll have no way to start your engine again. That is, unless you put in a new serpentine belt. What if your serpentine belt fails when you're driving? You'll be stuck on the side of the road. You may have to pay hundreds of dollars for a tow truck to haul your Outback to the nearest shop. You can easily avoid this situation by keeping an extra serpentine belt in your car.
8. Spark Plugs/Ignition Coils And Spark Plug Wires
Spark plugs and ignition coils are very easy to replace. If your spark plugs or ignition coils fail, you can replace them right at home with basic tools. It's a good idea to have a set of replacement plugs, coils, and wires on hand. That way, you can replace them as soon as they fail.