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Subaru Crosstrek Owners Manual: Changing a flat tire


1. Park on a hard, level surface, whenever possible, then stop the engine.

2. Apply the parking brake securely and shift the shift lever in reverse (MT models) or the select lever to the "P" (Park) position (CVT models).

3. Turn on the hazard warning flasher and unload all occupants and luggage from the vehicle.

Changing a flat tire

4. Put wheel blocks at the front and rear of the tire diagonally opposite the flat tire.

5. Take out the jack, jack handle and wheel nut wrench.

The tools and the spare tire are stored under the floor of the cargo area. Refer to "Maintenance tools" F9-3.


Make sure that the jack is well lubricated before using it.

Changing a flat tire

6. Take out the tool bucket and turn the attaching bolt counterclockwise, then take the spare tire out.


If the spare tire provided in your vehicle is a temporary spare tire, carefully read "Temporary spare tire" F9-2 and strictly follow the instructions.

Changing a flat tire

  1. Notch
  2. Valve hole

7. If your vehicle has wheel covers, insert a flat-head screwdriver into the notch on the opposite side of the valve hole and pry the wheel cover to remove it.

Changing a flat tire

8. Loosen the wheel nuts using the wheel nut wrench but do not remove the nuts.

Jack-up points
Jack-up points

9. Place the jack under the side sill at the front or rear jack-up point closest to the flat tire.

Changing a flat tire

Turn the jackscrew by hand until the jack head engages firmly into the jack-up point.

Changing a flat tire

10. Insert the jack handle into the jackscrew, and turn the handle until the tire clears the ground. Do not raise the vehicle higher than necessary.

11. Remove the wheel nuts and the flat tire.

Changing a flat tire

12. Before putting the spare tire on, clean the mounting surface of the wheel and hub with a cloth.

13. Put on the spare tire. Replace the wheel nuts. Tighten them by hand.


Do not use oil or grease on the wheel studs or nuts when the spare tire is installed. This could cause the nuts to become loose and lead to an accident.

14. Turn the jack handle counterclockwise to lower the vehicle.

Changing a flat tire

15. Use the wheel nut wrench to securely tighten the wheel nuts to the specified torque, following the tightening order in the illustration.

For the wheel nut tightening torque, refer to "Tires" F12-8. Never use your foot on the wheel nut wrench or a pipe extension on the wrench because you may exceed the specified torque. Have the wheel nut torque checked at the nearest automotive service facility.

Changing a flat tire

  1. Support holder

16. Store the flat tire in the spare tire compartment. Install with the support holder facing upward and secure the flat tire by firmly tightening the attaching bolt.


If you cannot fix the flat tire firmly, try turning the support holder upside down.

17. Store the jack, jack handle and wheel nut wrench in their storage locations.


Never place a tire or tire changing tools in the passenger compartment after changing wheels. In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike occupants and cause injury. Store the tire and all tools in the proper place.

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