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Old 06-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question Replace 4 tires at once?

So first off my apologies if this has been asked before. I assumed it had, but I couldn't find it.

I had a single tire go low on me and cracked the sidewall before I could re-inflate it. We looked into possibly limping along with a tube for a while, but it wouldn't have lasted due to the damage on the inside of the tire. So my question is: Do I really have to replace all 4 tires? I have been hearing mixed reviews on this. Some say only 2 at once, but be careful about applying 4x4. Others say I have to replace all 4 no matter what.

Money is a bit tight at the moment and if I can get by without a $1000+ bill right now that would be great. Can I get by with replacing just two tires right now? I don't use 4x4 except in the winter so I have some time before that. Could I get away with 2 tires now and 2 tires late fall?

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i have a ton of used tire shops in my area. If you do, worth checking out if you have a common size.
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Welcome to the forum. As my friend @zimmer0 says, check out the used tire shops. You can probably find one close to your other tires at less than half the price, and be fine.
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No reason why you can't replace just one, or two, depending on wear. Road tires barely start out with maybe 7-12 32nds of tread, so worn tires aren't much smaller than brand new ones. It would be ideal to replace both tires that will be on the same axle, but I'd say it's far from necessary. Just get the same size, and same brand/model tire, if possible, and don't worry about it. The differences are going to be very slight. The only thing you HAVE to do is have the same size tires on each axle. Some AWD cars have staggered wheels/tires (bigger on back than front), if I remember correctly, and they're made to work like that. I could be wrong about using 4x4 with one size in the front, and others on the back, but I don't see why that would be a problem either.

If you had 3 worn the hell out mud tires, and one brand new one, that could potentially be an issue.
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Back many moons ago we had a severe problem at the dealer with all wheel and 4 wheel drive vehicle's using mismatched tires, by that I mean tires that were over 1/4 " diameter from others. It would cause false activation of the abs as well as the all/4 wheel drive systems.

As others have started try to find a tire at least within 1/4" and you should be good to go with a used or new tire 1@ a time if need be.


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Thanks for the input everyone! I ended up going with 2 tires for now. Plan to go for 2 more of same type in late fall.
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