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Cable and Square Link Tire Chains for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Which wheels are considered the drive wheels, these would be the wheels to put the chains on correct? Thanks.

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Yes, generally it is the vehicle drive wheels that most benefit from installation of tire chains.

But some auto makers may determine that tire chains should not be installed on certain models, trim levels or tire sizes. It all comes down to clearance between the chains and the components within the wheel wells, such as brake lines and suspension parts. It is therefore always best to check your vehicle owner's manual for guidance about use of tire chains before selecting and installing any such item.

I checked the online edition of the owner's manual for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon and I found on page 8-12 that Subaru approves use of special S-Class low-profile type chains on the FRONT wheels only. We offer such tire chains. Your Outback can come with either of two stock tire sizes, P225/65-17 or P225/60-18.

If you have the 17-inch P225/65-17 tires you can use Glacier cable chains # PW1042 (the item you referenced in your question) or their heavier-duty square link chains # PWPLC1142. Both of these chains are S-Class and are okay to use on your Outback Wagon. The square link chains will definitely provide better bite into snow and ice than the cables and will also last longer. Please see the linked photo.

If you have the 18-inch P225/60-18 tires then you can use cable chains # PW1046 or the square link chain # PWPLC1146. For all chains above I recommend using Rubber Adjusters # PW105.

I have linked videos for both square link chains as well as a helpful article that may be of interest. Do please keep in mind that with ANY tire chain product driving speed should never exceed 30-mph and the cables/chains should be removed as soon as you reach clear pavement.

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