Is Mixing Tires a Good Idea?

mixing tiresYou will need to replace your car tires eventually. This leads to multiple questions: Is mixing tires a good idea? Should I replace all four even if only one or two are worn? We’ll provide answers to ensure you have the right tires for your type of vehicle.

Mixing Tires Is Not a Good Idea

Mixing tires is generally a no-no. Do not mix tires of different sizes, internal constructions, or tread patterns. Also, do not mix winter with all-season tires. If your car contains the relatively new run-flat tires, do not mix them with non-run-flat ones. Mixing tires affects the car’s traction, control, and stability.

Replace Two or Four Tires

Most auto repair services recommend replacing all four tires if your budget allows for it. If not, then replace two, but never replace just one.

Ideally, all four tires wear out at the same time. This is a sign that your car’s many intricate parts worked in unison to equalize tire performance and wear. Of course, evenly distributed tire wear isn’t always the case. Even in this instance, replace all four tires if you can. This is the best way to maintain balance and traction.

If you can only replace two, then place the new tires in the rear. This helps maintain greater traction on wet roads and reduces the possibility of hydroplaning. Worn tires in the front are not as significant, since the driver can simply steer to compensate for the loss in traction.

We’ll Replace Your Tires Accordingly

Bring your car to Premier Automotive Services if the treads appear worn. We only use tires designated for your type of vehicle. Our repair financing provides competitive rates whether you need to replace two or all four tires. We will also never mix and match your tires because that is just poor automotive servicing.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Quality Tire Replacement, Balancing, and Alignment

Serving Customers in Kent, SeaTac, Des Moines and Federal Way