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Hello
I have a flat tire on my 2012 subaaru outback

I know when I bought the car I thought the salesman stated that now with the electric emergency parking break I have to......??

I dont rememeber what he stated.

Is there a new step that I have to do with the electric parking break?

Or I just change the tire as always?

Thanks I know its a simple question but I dont see anything online so just curious
 

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... Change the tire as always.

Maybe what he meant to say was that with the tire pressure monitoring system you now have to have that reprogrammed for the new tire.
 

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You are probably thinking of when you have a dead battery and need a tow. To disengage the electronic emergency break you need to pop off the cap on the bumper and manually turn the brake cable spool to loosen before getting it towed.
 

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can you mix a new tire in with worn ones on newer soobs?
 

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No. The tread depth of all tyres must be within 3/32" of each other.
While I will follow this limitation, this has to be the dumbest thing in the world. Really? with all the technology these days, engineers can't find a simple way to overcome this issue?
 

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you can have the new tire shaved, or shop on ebay for a used tire of the same model.

One of the effects of Subarus superb AWD s, it is sensitive enough to an undersized tire to detect the xtra rotation as slippage. Not unique to Subaru either.
 

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Well thanks for the responses

So I went to the Subaru dealership because it is close to me
They took a while and said that they couldn't just plug it because it had micro fractures. I don't this. The car has 7,000 miles. Well they had to order one. I left. Called back because I remember people stating that if u change one u have to change them all. Do I have to do this? It's the same type of tire but it will be brand new?
I can go to the dealership and just get the old one and urged somewhere else. They told they can't because they wouldn't trust it. I mean the tire look perfectly fine
I almost want to let the air out of another. Look around for these small cracks. Fill it up. Drive there and debate with them and say so u don't feel safe w it. The. Show the other. I don't if this would happen but I really just put the spare on and drove to get fixed. Am I over reacting? I always hear how we sensitive the all wheel drive is. It's not the price, because its free. Any thohghtd
 

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Maybe I'm reckless but, if the hole is small and in the tread area, I just have my local Discount Tire patch the inside, balance , mount and go on my way.

Of course, the above is only OK on our cars if the difference in tread wera is 2 or maybe 3 32" or less.

I HAVE had to buy a set of 4 tires once when the damage was in the sidewall/shoulder area and the tires had maybe - 1/3 of their tread life left in them.

sucks, but to do otherwise risks destroying the center diff or clutchpack.

some people have had the new tire shaved down to natch the other 3. If it's a cheap and convenient service, that would be OK.

The dealership sounds like they are trying to get you to open your wallet but, I dunno.

Are these the stock, original tires? Are they saying all 4 tires have these cracks at just 7K miles and are unsafe? sounds like a warranty claim to me. Speak with a manager and maybe call the SOA regional guy cause, they may need to recall a LOT of cars.
 

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..."micro fractures?" ...in rubber?? ...REALLY???

Time for a second opinion.

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Sounds screwy to me. If there are cracks in the tire, that sounds like recall material. Unless you drove on the flat tire. That may cause cracking, but only on older tires.

Have the service adviser expand on his diagnosis a bit more concerning the cracks. I just don't see it happening.

And 7k miles of wear should not amount to 3/32" unless you are on concrete a lot or attempting donuts, (1 Lucky Texan), and succeeding in spinning a wheel.

But hey, if they are going to warranty one, maybe they'll throw in the other three?
 

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If they are worth a crap when it comes to tire related service, they should not PLUG the tire. They should remove it and do a proper patch from the inside.

Plugging a hole is a cheap, fast way to stop an air leak without removing the tire, but it's less reliable, and damages the plies in the tire.

I'm very skeptical about this 'microcrack' issue. If it's a hazard on one, they should replace all four under the tire warranty.
 

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"Micro fractures" for me the BS flag went up fast for that one. Go get it patched at a tire place and avoid any place that spouts stupid stuff like that.
 

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I recently had to replace all 4 when we hit a curb and wiped out the RF. The car did have near 27K on it, but the situation was a bit painful and expensive.

As for the micro fractures, while it sounds like BS to me, unless they were trying to talk you into a full set of tires, it sounds more like a less than knowing salesperson/mischanic.

Of course, if they also tried to sell you on putting spring air in to replace the winter air, well~~~~~~~
 
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