Hudson Valley Hero Project

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It’s that time of year again—the Subaru Share the Love Event is back and bigger than ever!

From now, through January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru leased or purchased to one of five charities—four national and one local.

Mid-Hudson Subaru has chosen Hudson Valley Hero Project as their local charity. We are hoping all our customers chose HVHP for the donation! The money raised is 100% given to the veterans they serve. They are a totally volunteer based charity created by Marc Coviello, a two time combat veteran and purple heart recipient. Watch this video for an idea of the services they offer.

 

Please consider choosing us when you purchase or lease a new Subaru from Mid-Hudson Subaru. Last year, the Subaru Share the Love Event donated nearly $20 million to national and local charities, far surpassing the goal of $15 million. How cool is that?

Are you feeling the love yet? We are!

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Thanksgiving 411

21 Nov

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How to Winterize Your Car: The Official Checklist

14 Nov

Have you given your car the tender, loving care it needs to survive the ravages of winter? Following our checklist can help ensure it’s prepared to take on the cold.

Tires

  • Check tires weekly for proper tread and air pressure (you’ll find the recommended tire pressure inside the driver’s side door, doorframe or in the owner’s manual)
  • Replace worn tires
  • All-weather tires are generally adequate for winter, but some areas require vehicles to have chains or snow tires with studs, so make sure to check local laws
  • If you live in an area prone to snow and ice, consider winter tires, which are designed to better grip icy pavement

Windshield Wipers

  • Replace worn windshield wipers, since sand and salt will be more prevalent after a snowstorm
  • Replace wiper fluid with a winter mixture and maintain the proper fluid level
  • Consider winter wiper blades to help cut through snow and ice

Brakes

  • Check brake fluid levels and brake pads for wear and tear
  • Replace worn pads and rotors

Battery

  • Make sure battery cables and terminals are secure and free from corrosion
  • Test your battery by turning on the headlights before starting the engine – if they get brighter once you start the engine, schedule an appointment with a mechanic for further electrical inspection
  • If your battery is more than 3 years old, have it inspected by a mechanic

Heater and Defroster

  • Turn your heater and defroster on and off to make sure they are working correctly

Lights

  • Make sure all lights are clean and working properly
  • Clean lights off prior to driving in any type of precipitation
  • Replace foggy, hazy or damaged lens covers to improve visibility

Oil

  • Change the oil and filter at recommended intervals

Exhaust System

  • Replace or repair leaks and crimped pipes to help keep carbon monoxide out of the passenger compartment

Fuel and Air Filters

  • Replace and keep water out of the system by using additives
  • To keep moisture in the gas line from freezing and for easier cold-weather starts, keep at least a half tank of gas in the tank

Clean

  • Prevent road salt from damaging your car’s paint by washing your vehicle periodically
  • Apply a fresh coat of wax to avoid corrosion
  • For better visibility, clear snow and ice from your car’s hood, roof, head and taillights before driving
  • Consider winter floor mats to protect your car’s carpeting

Any of the recommendations should only be done if consistent with the owner’s manual.

6 Common Car Smells and How to Remove Them

7 Nov

Everyone wants to keep the new car smell in their car as long as possible. What do you do when the air turns funky? Here’s a look at 6 common causes of car odors and how you can remove them.

1. How to check for hidden odor sources

Play detective and check around the car for anything that could be causing the odor. Look in pockets, under seats, on floor mats and even in the glove compartment for baby bottles in the back seat, moldy fruit in forgotten bags or unidentified blobs that may have been dragged in on the bottom of someone’s shoe. Immediately remove and throw any of these away and open the doors for a while to let any lingering odor dissipate. Don’t forget that sometimes a funky smell can also be a sign of an overheated car – or you may be in need of an oil change.

2. How to clean car carpet and upholstery

If you can’t find the source, pull out the car vacuum. Many times the upholstery, carpet or fabric interior can trap odors. Work the vacuum all around and down into crevices using the upholstery attachment. If this doesn’t do the trick but you believe this is the source of your odor issue, try steam cleaning where possible. If you have leather seats, you can clean them thoroughly in a few simple steps.

3. How to remove cigarette smell from car

If you’re a smoker or have a passenger who is, remember to empty the ashtrays regularly. Keep in mind smoke has a way of getting everywhere, including into the vents. Spray deodorizer into the vents as well as through the intake valve under the hood. In addition, open all of the windows and doors to air things out.

Keep in mind that smoking leaves behind tar, which is a sticky substance. Wipe down the interior panels with a 50/50 combination of water and vinegar solution. If the odor still lingers, mix in some dish soap as well. Once done, wipe the surfaces dry.

4. How to eliminate car sickness smells

Don’t forget about small children or pets who may have had an accident on the upholstery or who, may have had a carsick moment, . Even if these accidents were wiped up right away, a deeper clean may be necessary to fully get rid of the smell. If it has already dried, use your 50/50 water and vinegar solution to re-hydrate the spot and then remove it with a wet/dry vacuum. Spreading kitty litter on the area or sprinkling it with baking soda can also help absorb odors.

5. How to remove mildew from cars

Mildew is another source of unwelcome odors. All you need is one rainstorm and an overlooked partially opened window (or even just a small leak with a buildup of condensation), to experience this. Luckily, removing mildew smells in cars is pretty straightforward. A wet/dry vacuum can help remove remaining water from carpets and upholstery but, in a pinch, even a hair dryer may work. If a small leak is the cause, you may have to hunt around a bit. Check under the mats as well as in the trunk for any condensation, including checking the area where your spare tire is stored.

6. How to eliminate car air conditioner smells

One other possible source of that mildew smell is the air conditioning system. One telltale sign is damp floor mats near the air conditioner. If you find an odor coming from this area, open the front cover and remove the filter. Use a nylon scrub pad to remove any mold growth, then use a cotton swab to dry it. (To finish drying things out, turn on the car’s heater.) When you’re sure the area is completely dry, apply an anti-mildew solution, enzyme cleaner or odor absorber. You could also sprinkle baking soda on the upholstery and leave it in place for a day or so before vacuuming away. By then, the smell should have dissipated. You also may, of course, remove any car mats and let them air out for a while.

After finding the source of car odors and treating them, your car should smell great. With the help of a new car smell air freshener, could almost smell as good as new.

Your Cabin Air Filter – What it Does. When to Change it

31 Oct

Fall Car Care Month in October brings attention to the importance of car care and preventative maintenance. One often-neglected wear item is the cabin air filter!

The cabin air filter acts as a screen to protect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system from outside elements that could harm it, while simultaneously filtering the air you breathe.

Your vehicle’s cabin air filter should be replaced every 12,000 miles for MY 2015 and 7,500 miles for MY 2014 and older.

 

Genuine Subaru cabin air filters provide a crucial line of defense against airborne contaminants, trapping them before they enter your Subaru HVAC system or the lungs of anyone in the vehicle. You may notice restricted air flow when it’s time to get changed.

Feel free to ask your Service Advisor to show you your vehicle’s worn filter. You may be shocked by what you see – leaves, twigs, insects, soot and grime can cover the entire surface and contaminate incoming air!

Multiply Gas Savings with Vehicle Maintenance

24 Oct

As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump, says the Car Care Council.

The nonprofit Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform simple steps to improve fuel efficiency and save money. (Gas)

  • Engine Performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
  • Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
  • Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer.(Gas)
  • Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  • Gas Cap: Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.
  • Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov

In addition to vehicle maintenance, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, also can increase fuel efficiency. Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption.

Source: The Car Care Council

7 Fall Driving Safety Tips

20 Oct

by Muriel Vega (@murielvega) for SafeBEE

Stay safe on the road this season with these smart driving tips.

Don’t brake on leaves. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. Drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking. Leaves may obscure lane lines and other road markers, so pay attention to the edge of the road and take care to stay in your lane.

Avoid sun glare. On and near the autumnal equinox, the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset can make for more difficult driving due to sun glare. The sun perfectly aligns with east/west roadways during this time. Grab a pair of sunglasses for the daytime, keep your windshield clean and use north/south streets or streets with tree cover when possible, says the National Weather Service.

Use your rain smarts. During fall, many cities see increased rainfall. When it’s raining, be sure to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, as the wet roads may be more slippery than usual and you may be at higher risk of hydroplaning. Use your low beams or fog lights (never high beams) in fog conditions.

Be careful on bridges. As the temperature begins to drop, morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down.

Adjust your eyes. We lose 1 to 2 minutes of daylight daily after the autumnal equinox according to the National Weather Service. After leaving home or the office and before hitting the gas petal, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. It takes them between 2 and 5 minutes to start adjusting.

Watch out for deer. Autumn marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active in areas near the road. Deer are most active during sunset and sunrise so be extra watchful when driving near the woods and near deer crossing signs.