FAQs—Subaru WRX STI
My three-year-old Subaru WRX STI has been acting up for a week now. It would show a rise in temperature, and I've been noticing a puddle of liquid on my parking space. I am suspecting a leak somewhere but could not specifically pinpoint its source.
You are right when you said you are suspecting a leak. It is most probably the radiator you are experiencing problems with. The ultimate indication of such is when your car suddenly stalls due to overheating. Apart from that puddle of liquid that you see on your parking space, you might want to investigate further and wait until you see the leaking fluid. It should be sticky and could either be green, orange, or pink. Looking under the hood, a leaky radiator would let out steam from its source. Once you confirm this, it would be best to schedule an appointment with your service technician to avoid further damage on your radiator.
After a series of road mishaps, my rear bumper finally came off. I am a bit apprehensive to purchase a new one, aside from the fact that I am saving my money for something else. My question is: would it be fine if I drive without a rear bumper? I still have one on the front, so I am thinking if that would be all right.
Bumpers are integral parts of your car since they are the first ones to absorb the impact caused by low-speed collision. Some bumpers are designed with brackets or energy absorbers as they are called, while others are equipped with foam cushioning. It is due to these bumpers that physical damage is reduced both at the front and rear of your car. While these do not guarantee 100% safety of the passengers, bumpers are designed to protect the components under the hood, as well as the headlamps, parking lights and taillights. Federal regulations for bumpers are enforced, specifically on passenger cars, due to safety issues. Now, thinking of foregoing the replacement of your damaged rear bumper would compromise not only your vehicle's safety but yours as well.
I recently acquired my brother-in-law's five-year-old Subaru WRX STI since I wanted to be practical. It still looks fine but I think it needs some enhancement. I'm considering a couple of bodyworks done like change the current fenders, paint color, and mags, and maybe add step plates too. How do I choose the right bodyworks shop? I've heard that some would really overcharge, and I definitely want to get my money's worth.
While cost estimates would vary, these would mainly depend on the scope of bodyworks you want done. When shopping around for a reliable bodyworks shop, the first thing to consider is word-of-mouth recommendation. While you would easily find specialty auto shops on yellow pages and the social media, it would be best to ask your family members and friends for recommendations. They are the perfect people to tell you what to expect. Next thing to do is consider the business location. If you would have to travel far and wide just to get cheaper estimates, then don't you think you would be spending more on gas, time, and effort? Also, it follows to consider asking around for quotations. Compare and then decide based on various factors such as the price, the shop's reputation, warranty and guarantee, and the overall output they could deliver.