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March 01, 2019 @ 12:00am

3 Tire Replacement Questions AnsweredOf all the crucial car parts out there, tires are some of the most misunderstood. A quick search on the internet reveals about twenty opinions about when to replace tires, how to replace tires and how to save money on tire replacement. Here are three of the biggest tire questions answered, so you can keep your family safe.

  1. Is it okay to replace just one tire? Sometimes, but be careful. If the three other tires on your car have very little wear on the tread—we’re talking 3/32 of an inch or so—you should be okay to replace one tire. But shop carefully. You might be tempted to use a discount tire supplier, but many of them aren’t methodical about cleaning the wheels or hubs, which could lead to tire failure. You should also be very careful to match your other tires as exactly as possible.
  2. I’m replacing two tires. I should put them on the front, right? This is a common misconception rooted in the idea that a front wheel drive car should have its “grippiest” tires up front. Especially with two-wheel drive cars, your tires may wear in such a way that you only want to replace two. When that happens, put the new tires on the back. Your rear tires are crucial in providing stability, and new tires in back will make it far easier for you to maintain control of your car in a dangerous situation.
  3. I drive a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle. I can still replace just one or two tires, right? Be very, very With four-wheel and all-wheel drive cars, different tread depths can actually cause serious damage to your drivetrain, ruining your differential and damaging your transfer case. Here, again, if one tire goes and the others have less than 3/32 of wear, you should be able to replace one. Be very, very careful to exactly match the other tires on your car.

If you have more tire questions, we’re always happy to take the time to talk about your needs. We’re happy to take a look at your tires and talk about your options.

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