Spring Clean Your Car

We spring clean our closets, our houses, our yards – so don’t neglect your car! Paying extra attention to your vehicle after the cold winter is especially important. Give it a little TLC by using this spring clean list guide to getting the best out of your ride!

Spring Clean

Spring Clean Your Car | Budds' Subaru

  1. Shower And Shine!

After winter, salt can start to build up and erode the paint and other parts on your car. Washing and waxing can help extend the life and looks of your paint job. Start by using the hose and spraying your vehicle from top to bottom. This gets rid of any dirt of leaves that have accumulated that might scratch your paint while scrubbing.

Wash it like you mean it! Wash everything, including the spokes of your wheels and your license plate covers. Dirt can build up in these smaller nooks. Don’t forget to rinse completely, or leftover soap can build up causing streaks. Dry with a microfiber cloth or a chamois to prevent water marks.

Give your mats a good clean too! They’ve probably accumulated salt and dirt as well. A good hose down with a pressure washer is great to loosen up ground in grime. Hang to dry!

If you wax as well – keeps your paint looking fresh, and gives a protective barrier – always follow the manufacturers instructions. Most brands mention not to apply in direct sunlight. Why? If the surface of your car is too hot, the wax doesn’t bond properly, and can be harder to remove later on. It can also dry to quickly, leaving streaks and an uneven coat.

  1. Declutter!

During the winter we tend to get a little lazy and not clear out our car as much. Travel mugs, extra mittens and shoes can make your car feel cluttered. Take a minute to bring the things you don’t need in your car anymore, into your house, and clean out the trash as well. It’s a great idea to keep a small plastic bag in the door sill to collect your empty coffee cups and wrappers while on the go, and super easy to empty every week or so.

Don’t forget about the glove compartment and the console box if you have one. I know I’m super guilty of shoving gas receipts in there! Try and keep only important info in your glove box – insurance, ownership, dates of your last oil change and service – as well as your emergency roadside assistance number! A flashlight and a map never hurt as well.

  1. Check Those Wheels!

If the weather is staying about 7◦ or warmer, then it’s time to take your snow tires off! As the weather gets warmer, the pavement gets hotter. This can lead to the road eating up your winter tires much faster then you want it to.

If it’s not quite warm enough yet, then it’s always a good idea to give them a quick check. Make sure they aren’t worn down and that the tire pressure is correct. Doing so will ensure you get even tire wear, which leads to longer last tires. Believe it or not, it also helps with your fuel economy! Tires that are properly inflated require less energy and force to start moving, which means they use less gas.

  1. Get The Junk Out Of Your Trunk!

If you happen to be one of those people that uses their trunk as extra storage, it might be time to reorganize! Take out the hockey bags, the spare winter brushes and anything else that isn’t used everyday.

  1. Bring Your Car In For Service!

Spring is a great time to perform a quick inspection and general maintenance on your vehicle. If there’s anything that looks off or is concerning you, bring it in for a check up. Spring time is also a great time to get your alignment checked, as potholes and built up snow bumps can throw it off.

This small spring clean guide will help your car look as fresh as the spring air. Roll down those shiny clean windows, and enjoy your drive!

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Benefits Of Proper Tire Inflation

There are actually a lot of things that you can do to save money and improve the longevity your tires. Unfortunately, not all drivers know about these simple tips for vehicle maintenance. When tires are not inflated to the pounds per square inch (PSI) rating recommended by manufacturers, they are less round and require more energy to begin moving and to maintain speed. As such, under-inflated tires do consume a little more energy and fuel. Proper tire inflation in all four tires provides better safety and efficiency on the road. Here are a few reasons to keep your tires properly inflated.

Tire Inflation Benefits

Benefits Of Proper Tire Inflation | Budds' Subaru

Get Better Mileage With Properly Inflated Tires

An informal study by students at Carnegie Mellon University found that the majority of cars on U.S. roads are operating on tires inflated to only 80 percent of capacity. According to the website, fueleconomy.gov, proper tire inflation can improve mileage by about 3.3 percent, whereas leaving them under-inflated can lower mileage by 0.4 percent for every one PSI drop in pressure of all four tires.

Fully Inflated Tires are Safer

Besides saving fuel and money and minimizing emissions, proper tire inflation is safer and less likely to fail at high speeds. Under-inflated tires make for longer stopping distances and will skid longer on wet surfaces. Properly inflated tires will last longer as they wear more evenly.

Less Wear on Tires

It’s also true that good tire pressure means tires won’t wear out as quickly. Along with other tire tips like tire rotation, alignment and balancing, keeping tire pressure accurate will decrease the issue of “bad wear patterns,” where some parts of the tire can get worn down quickly. Good tire pressure also provides better handling in a vehicle. When tire pressure is low, on the other hand, the risk of some kinds of accidents can increase. When the vehicle is not as able to maintain traction on the road, driving gets generally more dangerous.

How to Extend Your Tire Life

In order to ensure maximum tire life, you have to perform regular tire maintenance. There are a few very quick things that you can do to extend your tire life and there are things you should do when the car is stopped or has been sitting for any length of time.

1. Daily Inspections

Every time you walk out to your car, you should be looking around it to make sure nothing that can damage them has been placed or blown near your tires. This includes nails, glass and other sharp objects.

2. Monthly Inspections

Mechanics advise drivers to check their tire pressure monthly, if not more frequently. The correct air pressure for tires that come with new vehicles can be found either in the owner’s manual or inside the driver-side door. Remember, that replacement tires may carry a different PSI rating than the originals that came with the car. Almost all tires however, state the correct PSI on the outer sidewall. Also, tire pressure should be checked before heading out on the road for the day, to avoid inaccurate readings.

3. Driving Precautions

Tires are designed to live through some rough treatment. This doesn’t mean that you can drive over those two-foot-wide potholes at top speed. If you can safely avoid them, do so. Next to manufacturing defects and accidents, hitting potholes at speed is the most common cause of premature tire failure.

4. Alignment

Improper setting of your vehicle’s suspension alignment can lead to increased fuel usage, uneven tire tread wear and difficulty maintaining a straight course. Your alignment should be checked every 1-2 years depending on the condition of the roads and your driving habits. Wheels that are improperly aligned won’t always be pointing in the desired direction, causing a condition known as ‘scrubbing,’ where the tires are scrubbed across the surface of the road like a piece of wood across sandpaper, causing increased and uneven wear. If you change your tires for the season, it’s not a bad idea to get it checked then!

5. Regular Rotation

In order to correct for uneven wear patterns induced by road and driving conditions, your tires should be rotated every 10,000 to 15,000km. Regular and consistent tire rotation will distribute any uneven tire wear equally, which will allow you more time to correct any issues.

Hopefully these tips can save you some wear and tear on your tires. Don’t forget, our Service Department is always more than happy to assist with any service or wear related questions, so don’t hesitate to call or stop in!

Have You Seen Our Exhaust?

A lot of people have watched this video on our installed STi Performance Exhaust. Have you?? It purrs like a grown up kitten. Have a listen, and then call us up for a price.

STI Exhaust | Budds' Subaru

Click here for a complete overview of the WRX STI.

Get Organized With Subaru Accessories

Subaru Accessories From Our Parts Department

Simple ways to improve your car with Subaru Accessories from our Parts Department:

  1. Get A Travel Mug: void spillage from your morning coffee by purchasing a Subaru travel mug to match your car. UNDER $50
  2. Cargo Nets: ever have the feeling that your cargo is moving around inside your trunk as you make a corner? Get a cargo net that goes from one side of the trunk to the other to secure your valuables. UNDER $50
  3. All Weather Mats: Buy rubber all weather mats to ensure your carpet is protected from the elements. UNDER $100
  4. Cargo Box: Store your sports equipment up top so you have more room for passengers. After all, not everyone has a Subaru and with weather like this you may be relied on for a ride more often!

These are all very cost effective ways to stay organized in your Subaru that the staff here LIVE by. Our Parts department can help you find a solution for any problem in your vehicle. We have the ability to order any part not currently in stock to arrive within days, so call us today.

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Cargo Net
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Bike Rack
Subaru Accessories | Budds' Subaru
Ski Rack

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Cool Car: 2014 Subaru WRX STI Tsurugi Edition

Today the Tsurugi Edition WRX STI was parked in the showroom waiting for delivery. It has so much character it’s hard not to be awe struck by this beauty as you walk by – so we thought we’d feature it on the blog! Here it is looking beautiful in Satin White Pearl.

Tsurugi Edition WRX STI | Budds' Subaru

This customer also chose to add the traditional STI spoiler to beef up the back, and outfitted it with a Winter Tire Package (FAST Radius Wheels, made specifically for the STI). For Winter Tire Packages, please call our parts department. It also comes with classic front lip spoiler and brembo brakes, and more.

2014 Subaru WRX STI 4-Door Tsurugi Edition

2014 Subaru WRX STI Tsurugi Edition | Budds' Subaru

What sets this Tsurugi edition apart from the everyday WRX STI?

  • 10-inch kicker subwoofer
  • all over leather seating
  • auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass
  • 18-inch Enkei wheels

The base edition retails for $43,666.45 with fees included, plus HST.

Contact our Parts Department for Winter Tire Packages.

Windshield Wipers: How To Solve Your Issues

Windshield Wipers

Most people rely on a clean windshield especially throughout the winter months when excess dirt from trucks comes spilling onto the front of your car. Apart from keeping some extra washer-fluid in your car for top-ups, is there anything you need to know about caring for your windshield wipers?

Windshield Wipers | Budds' Subaru

Here we outline some of the common problems, and how to find the right solution for your windshield wiper woes.

Common Problems & Solutions

Streaky Windshield: Caused by wiper not making full contact with the windshield.

Solution
: Clean the wiper blade to carefully remove ice build-up from the rubber. Consider replacing the wiper if old (we advise you to have them inspected every 6 months – just ask our service department to have a look for you!) You can tell the wiper needs replacing if the rubber is old and no longer a flat, smooth seam. Also look for tears in the rubber.

Frozen Wiper: The wiper gets buildup of ice or snow.

Solution
: Turn on your wiper de-icer if you have it for a few minutes while you are scraping around the rest of the windshield. Make sure to remove the buildup from the base of the windshield as well, giving them a good bang against the glass. Without the deicer it is good practice to park with your windshield wipers lifted.

Wiper Not Moving: The motor stops running.

Solution
: Common causes of an immobile wiper are motor issues. This is caused by trying to run the wipers as an ice scraper. It’s also caused by running them with a heavy snow buildup on top. Always clear away the excess ice and snow first before running the wipers. Otherwise you run the risk of breaking the teeth within the motor. We will be able to tell whether it is the motor

Ask us if you need a replacement pair, we can find the proper fit for your vehicle model. Not all wiper blades are the same. Genuine Subaru ones have a natural rubber wiping edge to assure a streak-free view. And they don’t rust! Best of luck in the winter driving months!!

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November Staff Of The Month – Fares Makki!

Staff Of The Month

Fares has been selected as our Staff Of The Month for November.

Fares works alongside Robbie the parts manager to ensure our department is stocked and efficient. He is a dedicated and energetic employee and goes above and beyond for customers when they walk in the door.

Staff Of The Month | Budds' Subaru

Fares Makki, Parts Advisor

Previously: Lot Attendant at Volvo

“I wanted a change of pace and environment. The 2004/05 Impreza WRX STI is my favourite car and I wanted to be a part of the Subaru Team, so I applied at Budds. I work with my best friends everyday. The group of employees at Budds are more like a family than coworkers. When I’m not working I am at the gym, doing a boxing class or having a nice relaxing evening with my partner. I have 3 brothers ranging from 6 yrs to 18 yrs old, and I am the oldest.”

Favorite Quote: As cliche as it sounds, “You can do anything you set your mind to. Just create a plan and follow through. Just do it.”

Tip from the Pro: “Winter tyres are a must! It’s not because it snows during the winter (or not), it’s because the temperatures drop and the “all-season” & “summer” compounds freeze up, resulting in increased danger.”

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Are You Into Tuning Your Subaru?

Tuning Your Subaru?

Personalized tuning of your Subaru can make all the difference!

Tuning Your Subaru | Budds' Subaru

The first vehicle in this video is a traditional blue sports model with a 2.5-litre, turbocharged flat-four, from the 2004 WRX STI. This is good for around 300 horsepower.

The other vehicle in this video, the Impreza, is a bit more hardcore. The engine is a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder, from the JDM WRX STI. We suppose this makes it more of an Impreza 2.0RS Coupe.

Besides the different engines, both cars represent the unique ideas and style of their owners.

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