Brakes & Other Maintenance

Don Miller Subaru East Tire Center

Make it last with routine maintenance.

We realize it can be confusing to figure out why and when a service or maintenance must be done to your Subaru throughout its lifetime. We don’t expect you to know it all, so we’ve come up with a way to explain what’s going on with the key systems of your Subaru and how we can keep them performing at their best.

Check out these fun videos that show common maintenance items and operations related to your Subaru. This way, you can learn a little bit more about your vehicle and what to expect when you bring it in for service.

Brakes

With all of life’s starts and stops, you eventually need a rest. For your Subaru to come to a rest, it needs well-maintained brakes. Our factory trained technicians are experienced in brake inspections and replacement, and they know the right parts that are specifically engineered for your vehicle.

Did you know Genuine Subaru brake pads are made and tested with specific materials that not only help you stop safely, but help regulate the balance and control of your vehicle while braking? Other repair shops may recommend any replacement brake parts, but we have the correct ones that are calibrated to work specifically with your vehicle’s braking system so you remain in control if you need to step hard on the brakes.

With systems like Vehicle Dynamics Control and EyeSight®, it’s crucial to use Genuine Subaru Parts in order for this technology to operate correctly. Learn more about your braking system, the signs of worn brakes, and our inspection process in the videos above.

EyeSight® is designed to avoid or lessen the severity of frontal crashes and is a driver assist system that may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors. See the Owner’s Manual for complete details.

Battery

If you’ve ever experienced being stuck with a dead battery, you know how draining the feeling is. We get that, and that’s why we will run a battery health test every time you bring your vehicle in for a multi-point inspection. We use a specific Subaru battery tester to monitor it, and the charging system as well. We’ll determine your battery’s state of charge to help prevent a no-start situation.

You may be aware that your battery helps start your vehicle and provides electricity for things like your lights and playing your favorite tunes. What you may not know are the many things that can affect its health – including its age and extreme temperatures – and one day it will need to be replaced. When it’s time, we'll have the exact replacement you'll need.

Air Filters

Air filters allow clean air in while keeping contaminants out. Your Subaru has two of them – one for the engine and one for the air you breathe inside your vehicle. Our factory trained technicians inspect both filters during the multi-point inspection.

When it comes time to change them, we’ll replace them with Genuine Subaru filters for the proper fit and proven filtration. Other places may recommend filters that fit “okay,” but only our Genuine Subaru filters are a direct replacement for the filters that were engineered to work best in your vehicle. See more about our filters in the Checking Engine Air Filter and Checking Cabin Air Filter videos.

Windshield Wipers

If your wiper blades cause streaking or chattering because the rubber is worn, we’ll gladly assist by replacing them with new ones. Continued use, the summer’s heat and winter’s brittle cold can affect the blades over the course of a year, and they’ll probably need to be replaced annually. A clear view of the road is always important to have. So, when your windshield needs clearing, you’re going to want well-functioning wipers on your Subaru to safely view the road ahead.

Shocks and Struts

The shocks and struts of your Subaru absorb the impact from unfortunate bumps in the road, and they help keep your ride feeling comfortable. We'll review them during our multi-point inspection, along with the other components of your suspension system, to make sure your vehicle handles safely and rides smoothly.

Sharp turns, cruising curves at freeway speeds, and hard braking can be handled confidently with healthy shocks and struts. Learn more about them, and the possible symptoms that might indicate that they need to be serviced, in the video above entitled “Worn Shocks and Struts”.

Advanced Repairs

Regular maintenance, such as oil changes or tire and brake replacement, is natural to any vehicle's upkeep. But over time, driving conditions and many miles on moving parts can cause the need for repairs to the engine, transmission, suspension and other major systems.

If it comes to the point where your Subaru needs advanced repair work, we have something that other shops can't provide – Subaru certified factory trained technicians. They have gained hands-on, vehicle-specific training at a Subaru Training Center and receive updated training annually. They specialize in repairing the unique Subaru Boxer® engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, EyeSight® and more, with tools and parts specifically designed for Subaru vehicles.

This means, at Don Miller Subaru East, your vehicle is in the hands of knowledgeable technicians who are familiar with Subaru vehicles – inside and out. Not only do they know how your vehicle operates mechanically, but they are also familiar with the advanced electronics that operate your vehicle and are capable of interpreting data from specialized diagnostic computers. You'll also have a welcoming service team that's committed to repairing your Subaru correctly with Genuine Subaru Parts.

Learn about the Subaru Maintenance and Brake Service Available Right Outside your Madison, WI Front Door, Here at Don Miller Subaru East

With great power comes great responsibility, right? All-wheel-drive Subaru cars and crossovers hold the power to go further than their conventional competitors -- much further. And with all of that capability comes a need for an exceptional braking system, something that we here at Don Miller Subaru East can service and repair to meet the brand's high safety standards.

Our factory-trained Subaru technicians can service the entire braking system and replace any worn or damaged parts with genuine OEM parts that match the performance of your Subaru's original parts. We also handle battery testing, shocks and struts inspection, and cabin air filter and windshield wiper replacement.

And while you can take the DIY approach to oil and filter changes, complex systems like the suspension, engine, transmission, and air conditioning can only be safety serviced by a professional mechanic. Subaru-exclusive systems like the Subaru Boxer® engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technologies can only be properly serviced by a Subaru specialist, as these are unlike the safety systems and powertrains of other makes.

We provide all of these services and more. Simply put, whether your car is in the market for Subaru maintenance near Waunakee, Sun Prairie or Watertown, WI or Subaru brake service and repair in Madison, WI, our Certified Subaru service center is here to help.

Professional service for your vehicle shouldn't be a luxury. Here at Don Miller Subaru East, believe that specialized car care for your Subaru should be easy and affordable. That's one reason why we making scheduling service a breeze with our convenient online appointment tool, and we make staying on top of service and repairs financially feasible with our competitive prices and Subaru service specials. We encourage you to reach out to our service advisers at 866-980-6202 for additional information.


Hours

  • Monday 07:00am - 05:30pm
  • Tuesday 07:00am - 05:30pm
  • Wednesday 07:00am - 05:30pm
  • Thursday 07:00am - 05:30pm
  • Friday 07:00am - 05:00pm
  • Saturday 08:00am - 01:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

Service Amenities

Not only do we provide expert Subaru care, we are proud to offer these added benefits that make us different than the rest:

  • Animal friendly
  • Child-friendly waiting area
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and refreshments
  • Express Service now available
  • 24/7 online scheduling
  • Subaru Stellar Care recognized dealership

Don Miller Subaru East

5339 Wayne Terrace
Directions Madison, WI 53718

  • Service: (608) 258-3601
  1. Don Miller Subaru East

    5339 Wayne Terrace
    Madison, WI 53718

    • Sales: (877) 257-3233
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