One new tire?

Asked by Nov 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM about the 2003 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My father drives a 2003 Subaru Outback. His tires are only about 6 months old, but now
he has a hole in the side of one. The Subaru dealer said that since his is an AWD, he
really needs to replace all 4 tires at the same time or risk transmission trouble. Think
that's true?  Can we just replace the 1 tire?

6 Answers

Go with a pair, unless these are pretty close to NEW then one would be okay...had a set of NEW tires...sidewall got creamed on one of the tires...they gave me a whole new set....so it depends on your budget and the warranty of the tires~ if under warranty, get four...otherwise do a pair at a time~

Don't know about "transmission trouble" ? would be differential troubles...if there is any kind of traction control system...if the tires were different sizes~ sounds like that dealership just wants your $$$~

228,155

Your dealer is right, but should you? Here is an article that explains why.... http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=18

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
6,075

Trans trouble could be correct because the front and center diff are in the trans and 1 tire could affect them as well. My general rule for all cars is 2 tires minimum, making sure to buy the same brand and model of tire as well as making sure of the size.

10

My Girl and I have a 2003 Subaru outback wagon L.L Bean, garage said you should change all 4 but we only changed 1 with about the same tread and the exact size.......its been fine for 4000 miles..

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
17,225

Really? Your Subaru dealership told you that! This sounds like a lot of crap to me, BUT, it's certainly more desirable in any car to have a matched set of tires. It makes for better vehicle dynamics.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • do i have to replace tpms sensors every time i buy new set of tires, and if the tire intallers screw 1 answer

    gentlemen, I have a vehicle with TPMS, the sensors do they have to be replaced everytime I put on a new set of tires and if not; what if the tire store screws it up are they liable?

    2008 Subaru Outback 2.5 i Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Excessive Road Noise/Original Tires? 5 answers

    My wife's 06 Outback has ~57,000 miles and we still have the original tires that came with the car. I noticed that when we take the car onto the highway there seems to be a lot of what I would call ...

    2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Oil Change and Tire Rotation Interval? 3 answers

    Okay...the owner's manual says to change the oil and rotate the tires every 7500 miles unless your in extreme conditions. I'm in the Albany, NY area (I won't classify the area as extreme cold weather)...

    2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Do I need a new Vehicle dynamic control module? 6 answers

    I have just bought my 2012 Outback after a 3 yr lease at 41.000 miles. Right after it was re registered in my name and returned to me, the brake light and the skid icon were flashing. I am told I ...

    2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Can I use my 225/60R16 snow tires / rims on my 2013 Outback that comes with 225/60R17? 8 answers

    I am purchasing a new Subaru outback. I want to use the snow tires and rims from my current outback on the new one. However, the new outback come standard with 225/60R17. Will my smaller rim/tir...

    2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

    -

    General

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 33,116 nationwide Outback listings starting at $1,650.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Outback Questions

Subaru Outback Experts

#1 Markw1952
Markw1952
Reputation 5,900
#2 TheSubaruGuruBoston
TheSubaruGuruBoston
Reputation 1,760
#3 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,530
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
284 Great Deals out of 24,905 listings starting at $1,500
Used Subaru Impreza
182 Great Deals out of 15,166 listings starting at $1,595
Used Subaru Legacy
207 Great Deals out of 16,693 listings starting at $800
Used Honda CR-V
699 Great Deals out of 57,120 listings starting at $1,600
Used Toyota RAV4
593 Great Deals out of 66,435 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota 4Runner
295 Great Deals out of 20,646 listings starting at $2,100
Used Toyota Highlander
381 Great Deals out of 24,719 listings starting at $2,987
Used Toyota Tacoma
538 Great Deals out of 38,018 listings starting at $2,900
Used Honda Accord
738 Great Deals out of 82,781 listings starting at $500
Used Honda Pilot
372 Great Deals out of 20,684 listings starting at $2,199
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
44 Great Deals out of 1,179 listings starting at $1,500
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
830 Great Deals out of 70,483 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Escape
1,057 Great Deals out of 93,251 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 24,496 listings starting at $23,000
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 1,030 listings starting at $17,250
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 1,311 listings starting at $13,997
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 1,514 listings starting at $9,995
2013 Subaru Outback For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 917 listings starting at $8,995