Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Mark asks: I have a 2016 Subaru Outback 4 cylinder with 80K miles. My deal wants to do a carbon cleaning for $250. Is this necessary? He said if I don’t do it soon, they will have to clean it manually by removing the manifold at a cost of $1,500. Should I spend the $250?
My reply: My Spider Sense is tingling . . . because the 2.5 liter four in the 2016 Outback is not a direct-injected engine. Therefore, it should not have developed significant carbon buildup to warrant this work. I looked up the recommended service intervals (see here) and found nothing about a carbon cleaning requirement at 80k. Are you experiencing any issues with the car? Has the dealer showed you anything from Subaru that indicates your car needs this procedure as part of routine service?
If not – and the car is running well – I would not pay for this service. And I would be very suspicious of this dealership.
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