How to Rotate Tires on a Subaru Forester

by William Zane

The Subaru Forester is an all-wheel-drive crossover SUV that appeals to those wanting the practicality of a sports utility vehicle without the large size. The Forester is a safe, reliable car. Like all vehicles, the tires on the Forester should be rotated regularly to ensure even wear and a long life. Rotating the tires is an easy process that involves switching the wheels and tires in an X pattern so that the rear tires are moved to the front, and the fronts are moved to the rear and opposite side of the vehicle.

Park the vehicle on a flat surface. Loosen the lug nuts for all four wheels with a lug wrench. Lift one side of the vehicle at a time with a floor jack and lower the Forester onto jack stands at all four corners.

Remove all four wheels. Leave each one next to where it was on the car so that you know where it was located.

Move the tire that was on the right rear of the Forester to the right front wheel hub and install it there. Attach the lug nuts and tighten by hand.

Move the tire that was on the right front to the left rear wheel hub and install it there. Attach the lug nuts and tighten by hand.

Move the tire that was on the left front to the right rear wheel hub and install it there. Attach the lug nuts and tighten by hand.

Move the tire that was on the left rear to the left front wheel hub and install it there. Attach the lug nuts and tighten by hand.

Tighten the lug nuts on all the wheels with the lug wrench. Raise the Forester above the jack stands. Remove the jack stands and lower the Subaru to the ground.

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About the Author

William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.