If you own an Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, or other all-wheel-drive Subaru vehicle, you will likely put extra miles on road trips to the mountains and beach this summer. Subaru of America gives owners three tips on minimizing tire wear on your new vehicle.
You may have purchased a used Subaru vehicle with the new model shortages and may not have new tires. Subaru says your vehicle's tires are "the critical point of contact between you and the road." it's a great time to check the condition of your tires before heading out for a road trip this summer.
3 Ways to Minimize Tire Wear
1. Keep your tires properly inflated.
Make sure your vehicle's tires are inflated to the proper manufacturer's recommendation. The importance of properly inflated tires goes beyond reducing rolling resistance and improving fuel efficiency: it's also about vehicle safety. With over-inflated tires, you risk reduced grip and increased wear. Similarly, with under-inflated tires, you'll increase the rolling resistance, which means your vehicle will work harder to travel at the same speed and use more fuel.
Information on correct tire inflation pressure is provided in your Owner's Manual and on a placard on the driver's door pillar. Check tires regularly and when they are cold because tire pressure increases as the tires warm up.
2. Rotate your tires regularly.
Subaru recommends tire rotation every 6,000-7,500 miles. These are recommended intervals only. Your actual driving conditions may warrant more frequent rotation.
3. Replace tires responsibly.
It is essential to match the tire requirements shown on the tire placard located on the driver's side door pillar. Using tires of a non-specified size can detract from controllability, ride comfort, braking performance, and speedometer/odometer accuracy.
What if you only need one or two tires?
For safe vehicle operation, Subaru recommends replacing all four tires at the same time.
What are the best tires for my Subaru?
Those big all-terrain tires hurt fuel mileage. A good set of winter/mud and snow-rated tires will be sufficient if you don't do any serious off-roading. Check the report below for the best all-weather tires for your Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, and other all-wheel-drive vehicles.
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