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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Rotation

I’m headed out on a road trip and gave the Outback a pretty thorough check. I’ve got 12000 miles on it and haven’t rotated the tires yet. I looked at them really close and measured inside and outside tread wear. I can’t see or measure ANY uneven tread wear. I’ve got zero vibration. Normally I’d rotate them anyway, but with the Outback’s sensitivity to vibration, I think I should leave it alone and not mess with it till I hit 20K. Opinions?

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If there is no heel toe wear, you are good to go.

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They should be rotated every 7,500 miles per the Subaru maintenance schedule.

You should measure tread depth between all 4 tires to keep the diameters the same.
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I follow the Subaru main. sch. (7500 miles)
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I have the tires checked at every oil change. (Dealership) I have yet to find any difference in tread depth, and the dealer then recommends no rotation. Because of the large amount of weights in some of the wheels and considering how tender the wheels are to clumsy handling I tend to follow a tried and true rule of "as needed". I have close to 21,000 miles on mine.
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Well, whatever you decide to do, just be sure whoever does the work uses a torque wrench to save headaches in the future. Lots of places just use the air tool and over tighten the lugs, which is not good for aluminum wheels.
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I follow the 7500 mile rotation schedule. Once you can measure a difference in tires you have waited too long to rotate. The idea is to maintain all tires at the same depth. Since we should replace tires in groups of four, letting one tire get uneven or excessive wear is more expensive than the rotation.
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Also, the tires get re-balanced at Discount Tire. the balance can change slightly as they wear.

I also like the opportunity to inspect brakes, wire-brush the studs, look for 'galling' on the lug nuts, and wire brush/clean the wheel/rotor contact surfaces. I do them myself, then alternate and let the tire shop do them next time.

But, i run tires that wear quickly so, higher quality tires might be OK to rotate less often.

I probably would NOT have that or other important work done IMMEDIATELY before hitting the highway. I'd like a coupla days to 'shake down' the car locally in case there IS vibration or some other problem.

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I agree, the main thing for me in NE OHIO is to brake the lug nuts free and the wheels loose to prevent galvanic action and rust. I would get worried of driving for a year or two without freeing them up and then having issues with corrosion.

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One thing I've wondered is whether the tires might wear a bit more unevenly (front to back) with the 2.5i, compared to the 3.6R, due to the difference in the nominal torque split. The 3.6R has a 45/55 torque split, and it seems like the tires on mine wear very evenly (absent toe-in issues, of course). I still rotate every 10k, but it never has seemed like it mattered. Doesn't the 2.5i/CVT combination have a nominal 90/10 split? Does this seem to make a difference on tire wear?

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