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How To Get Your Car Back-to-School Ready

kid in classroom with presentation - how to get your car Back-to-school ready

The new school year comes with a lot of stress. Help prevent your car from being a part of it with these back to school tips!

While you’re getting back-to-school ready, take some time out of your day to get your car back-to-school-ready, too. The last thing you need on a busy school morning is for your car to breakdown mid-way through your carpool. Here are some tips on how to get your car back-to-school ready so both you and your car make it through the day with no major issues:

1. Check Your Fluids:

Your fluids are important; they’re what help your engine function. Make sure you check your oil, coolant, transmission, brake and power steering fluid. You can find all of these in reservoirs underneath your hood. It’s important to top off fluids that are low.

It’s also important to change your oil if it’s old. Topping it off will help if it’s just low, but not if it’s gunky from being too old.

2. Test Your Battery:

Check how strong your battery is to make sure it’s got a good enough charge to keep you going. An especially weak battery should be replaced. You can take it to the dealer to get it checked or use a tool called a voltmeter.

3. Fill Your Tires:

Make sure your tire pressure is correct. Under- or over-inflated tires can cause serious accidents, so make sure your tires have proper PSI. Also, make sure your tires have good tread. If they have significant tread wear, it might be time to rotate them or replace them.

If you would prefer to have our Subaru experts check out your car, stop by Ed Shults Subaru and we will make sure your vehicle is ready to go for the new school year. Good luck with your car and with the new school year!

Exquisite Styling: 2016 WRX Design Borrows from Concept Models

2016 WRX

The 2016 WRX design is something unlike ever before.

The Subaru WRX is known for its impressive performance, but it also has some truly bold styling. Taking design cues from 2013 concept models, the WRX is unlike ever before. With an aggressive fascia, hood, and contoured body, this model is setting new standards in terms of automotive design.

The 2016 WRX design, according to Digital Trends, is derived from a concept model that appeared in 2013. The WRX design features a bold exterior with a wide fascia, LED lighting, a prominent hood scoop, and futuristic appeal. The body is contoured for aerodynamic flow, while black wheels and bright yellow brakes are just some of the options that set this model apart.

Subaru’s chief designer, Mamoru Ishii, promises “the lauded concept’s sporty, aggressive stance will indeed reach production and is due to appear on the all-new Impreza due in 2016, and the WRX that will follow.”

This model also gets a sleek roofline, bulky rear fenders, and a low ride height for better airflow. Under the hood is the standard four-cylinder boxer you would expect from Subaru, generating up to 305 horsepower when you select the 2.5-liter engine. Available all-wheel drive increases handling and performance, and this model does 0 to 60 in 5 seconds when properly equipped. Best of all, the 2017 WRX will share this same general design, a striking look for any vehicle.

Group of People Collecting Cans for Meal on Wheels, a part of Subaru's Love Promise.

Shults Subaru’s Subaru Love Promise Partners

Group of People Collecting Cans for Meal on Wheels, a part of Subaru's Love Promise.

At Ed Shults Subaru we are dedicated to helping our local community, including Meal on Wheels right here in Jamestown, NY.

There are plenty of reasons to love Subaru. Subaru has some of the best standard features in the industry, such as All-Wheel Drive. Subaru vehicles are also ranked among the safest in the entire automotive industry. Nevertheless, the most admirable aspect of the Subaru brand is the work they do in the community.

Over the course of the last 20 years, Subaru has donated more than $50 million and 28,000 volunteer hours toward programs that help the community. Today, Subaru’s efforts to help the community are consolidated into the Subaru Love Promise.

Through Subaru’s Love Promise Campaign, Subaru has created initiatives that support the environment, education, and health in communities around the nation. Each Subaru dealership also helps local charities and non-profit organizations in their own communities. Here at Ed Shults Subaru, one of our Subaru Love Promise partners is the WCA Hospital.

The WCA Hospital’s mission is to provide members of the community with overarching, affordable care. With such a wonderful goal, the WCA Hospital seemed to be the perfect partner for our dealership’s Subaru Love Promise initiative.

Shults Subaru also sponsors the local community Meals on Wheels, which provides various meals to those members of the community who are in need of nutritious food.

Subaru has a long history of helping out with community initiatives, and we here at Shults Subaru are proud to do our part as well!

Tips for Carpooling: Sharing Rides Made Easy

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Tips for carpooling: Your dog doesn’t get you in the carpool lane!

Plan on carpooling in the Warren, PA area? Check out this list of helpful tips for carpooling. Ridesharing is a great way to make new friends, to save gas, save the environment, and simply get around. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when sharing rides.

  1. Meeting Time/Location. Generally, meeting times and locations should benefit everyone equally. It is important to set a “wait time,” which is the maximum amount of time the carpool will wait if you are running behind. Five minutes is a good wait time, but make sure everyone has plenty of time to get to work or school when sharing rides.
  2. Paying for Gas. Many carpools like to switch up drivers an equal amount of times, so paying gas money is not always necessary. However, if you never drive, you should volunteer to pay for part or all of the gas costs. The EPA has an easy fuel-cost calculator that anyone can use for free.
  3. Road Rules. According to NBC News, you should set up rules for the trip, like which radio stations to listen to, who is in charge of the temperature, smoking or nonsmoking, side trips, etc. Most people let the driver or car owner decide, as damage caused by food spills and smoking can be expensive to repair.
  4. Get Signatures. It might sound unnecessary, but having everyone sign a list of rules helps you avoid issues down the road. If someone claims not to have known a rule, or if they disagree with a rule, you can show them their signature on a carpool agreement. Such rules will not be legally binding, but they provide a great way to maintain order.
  5. Have Fun. Carpooling is a great way to get to know coworkers and classmates, as well as neighbors. Spark up conversations and invite people to the ride sharing program that you normally wouldn’t meet otherwise.

These are just some of the basic tips for carpooling. Every carpool is different, so feel free to add or subtract rules as you please.

Image of Lucille Ball from her I Love Lucy Days.

5 Great Comedians at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

Image of Lucille Ball from her I Love Lucy Days.

Jamestown’s proud to host the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this coming August.

Lucille Ball is without a doubt one of the most iconic and hilarious comedians of all time! Her hit show I Love Lucy has captured the hearts of the American viewing audience for years and continues to do so today. In order to celebrate the life of this comedian icon, Jamestown, New York hosts an annual event called the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. This festival gathers some of the most famous comedians in the country together to take part in the art of comedy. Past comedians include everyone from Jay Leno to Ellen DeGeneres, and this year’s acts look to be just as talented. Don’t miss your chance to see these 5 great comedians at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival:

Lewis Black

If you want to hear some epic and hilarious rants, then the person you need to listen to is Lewis Black, everybody’s favorite irritated comedy icon! He is a fairly regular correspondent on the Daily Show as well as star in his own stand-up shows.

Trevor Noah

Taking a break from reporting the news on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah is bringing his satirical wit to Jamestown.

Brian Regan


This standup comedian has performed his routine 28 times on The Late Show with David Letterman. Now, he is bringing his talents to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival where we can all enjoy a good laugh!

Peter and Bobby Farrelly

These two brothers created some of the most iconic modern comedies, such as There’s Something About Mary.

If you’re in the mood to laugh, stop by the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, happening between August 4 and August 6!

2017 BRZ

2017 Subaru BRZ Series Yellow Special Edition Released in Early June

2017 BRZ

The Subaru BRZ Series Yellow is quite a sight!

In addition to the new 2017 BRZ’s updated look, more sophisticated cabin, and better performance, Subaru has announced a special edition called the Subaru BRZ Series Yellow, which debuted at the Wicked Big Meet in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, on Sunday, June 12. Subaru will only make 500 of the Series.Yellow edition.

The interior of the Series.Yellow is notable for its striking black leather seats with bright yellow trim, as well as “BRZ” stitched into the seats. Yellow accents are all over the car, including the floor mats. The special edition is a modified version of the BRZ’s Limited trim and comes standard with the BRZ performance package.

The Series.Yellow also comes with the many features available in the BRAZ Limited, including a rearview camera, but the special edition adds dual-zone climate control and push-button start. The Series.Yellow has the same engine and standard transmission as the BRZ Limited, a 6-speed manual, though an automatic engine will be available.

The 2017 BRZ will be for sale this fall, though the Series.Yellow won’t be out until next year.

How to Check and Add Coolant

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Learn how to check and add coolant to your car.

Coolant is one of the most important fluids in your car, especially during cold winters and hot summers. Follow these steps on how to check and add coolant to keep your engine running smoothly.

You want to check coolant when it’s warm, not hot or cold. The best way to warm it up a little without getting it too hot is to drive around for a couple of minutes before parking on a level surface. If you’ve been driving for a while, let the car cool off for several hours before you check the fluid. Always turn the engine off before you check the coolant.

Next, pop the hood and look for the radiator cap. It isn’t hard to find—it’s metal and usually has a yellow label on top. Wrap a rag around the cap and pull it off so the coolant doesn’t splash on you. Press down and twist to remove the cap. The fluid should be near the top. There may be a line marked “full”.

If you need to add coolant, mix your coolant with distilled water, about half and half, and add to the overflow tank with a funnel. Recap everything and you’re done! Contact our Service Department with any questions you might have!

Group of People Walking Around Town - Jamestown Walking Tours

Jamestown Walking Tour Program Showcases City Neighborhoods

Group of People Walking Around Town - Jamestown Walking Tours

Jamestown’s walking tours help connect the Jamestown Mayor with his community.

The Jamestown Walking Tour Program was launched last year, and it is fast becoming a local tradition as Mayor Sam Teresi has decided to continue this program through 2016. Weekly tours go door-to-door along Howards Street from South Avenue to Montauk Avenue. This is a great way to see what’s happening in the neighborhood, as well as an informative and educational experience.

According to Tour Chautauqua, the city tours began on May 12 at 6:30 pm. This is just one part of a larger series designed to have residents of Jamestown tour the city’s unique and diverse communities while weather permits. Events will likely occur in the summer and early fall.

“I made the decision and pledge, right then and there, that if I was elected, I would walk the neighborhoods of Jamestown, not only during election campaigns, but on a regular basis during the “walkable” times of every year,” said Mayor Teresi. “And, that is exactly what we have been doing and will be starting up again for the 2015 season on Howard Street.”

The next location visited will be on July 21 at 6:30pm, covering Allendale Avenue from Gertrude to Elizabeth Avenues. Stop by the mayor’s office for more information. Here at Ed Shults Subaru, we’re glad to be part of such an exciting and active community. These walking tours are just one of many great initiatives in the area. Stay tuned to our blog to discover more and thanks for choosing Ed Shults Subaru.

Baseball Player at Plate - Jamestown Jammers Baseball

Jamestown Jammers Baseball: Visit the Ballpark

Baseball Player at Plate - Jamestown Jammers Baseball

Baseball is back starting June 1st here in Jamestown and we can’t wait to watch our first Jammer’s game of the season!

Want to experience some family-friendly fun in the Jamestown, NY area? Check out Jamestown Jammers baseball. This team is now part of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, showing the skills of some of the best players in the area. Drive to a game and tailgate in your new Subaru—a great way to experience baseball.

According to the Jammers website, upcoming home games will be on June 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, and 12 among other dates. With the exception of June 6 and June 12, games start at 7:05 pm (start time for the June 6 game is 11:05 am and 3:05 pm for the June 12 game). Grab some peanuts, a cool beverage, and sit back to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

The Jamestown Jammers have been around since 1994, acting as the Minor League affiliate for various teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves, and Detroit Tigers up until 2014. Now part of the Perfect Game, or Prospect League, collegiate players from around the country play during the summer.

The team has multiple local partners, including Community Bank, Chautauqua Hydroseeding, Northwest, Digitell Inc., Jamestown Macadam Inc., Jamestown Mattress, Forecon, Allied Alarm Services, Greenman-Pendersen Inc., the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, MD Electronics, D&S Glass Inc., Artone, CSEA, Rotor-Rooter, Cummins, The Resource Center, and Univera Healthcare. With this many local partners involved, you know Jamestown Jammers baseball is worth watching. Stop by the Jammers’ stadium once the season has started to get in on the action.

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How to Change Your Wiper Blades

wiper blades - how to change your wiper blades

Change your wiper blades and ensure that you can clearly see the road ahead.

Car experts recommend drivers replace their wipers blades about every six months. You need to wiper blades if they are leaving streaks, squeaking, or leaving a milky film on your windshield.

This is perhaps one of the easiest do-it-yourself car repairs. Follow these steps to replace your old windshield wipers.

  1. Buy the correct blades. Auto parts stores and many mass chain stores like Walmart carry a wide selection of windshield wipers. There will usually be a big book that lists year, make, and model for cars along with the appropriate wiper blade sizes. Don’t buy the cheapest blades available, but you don’t need the most expensive ones, either. It is also best to replace both at the same time (or all three if you have a rear blade).
  2. Remove the old blades.
    1. Pull up the wiper assembly arm until is locks in an upright position.
    2. Turn the blade so it is in a perpendicular position (like a T) and look for the hinge. There should be a tab you can pull out, which should allow you to slide the blade down towards your car.
    3. Carefully lay the empty wiper arm back down against the windshield. You do not want it snapping back against your window and cracking it.
    4. Repeat with the second blade.
  3. Put on the new blades.
    1. Locate the hinge on the new blade and turn it in a perpendicular position.
    2. Raise the wiper arm and line up the hook on the arm with the hinge on the blade. Push up on the hinge and you should hear a click when it snaps into place.
    3. Repeat with the second blade.

If you need new wiper blades, or want someone to do the job for you, we can help you right here at Ed Shults Subaru.