WTF??? Get one flat tire, dealership wants to replace all 4 tires???
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This is a discussion on WTF??? Get one flat tire, dealership wants to replace all 4 tires??? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Title pretty much says it all. I got a flat on my right rear last night. Drove it to the ...

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    WTF??? Get one flat tire, dealership wants to replace all 4 tires???

    Title pretty much says it all. I got a flat on my right rear last night. Drove it to the dealership on the spare today and they said there's a 2mm(?) tread depth difference between a new tire and the ones already on my car, 10mm for the new vs 8mm on my current tires. The tires have 10,000 miles on them. They're the stock RE92s.

    They said to replace all 4, or at least the back 2 because of the Subaru AWD system. Their reason was that different tire tread depths can cause wear in the AWD system becuase the new tire will rotate at a different rate than the old tires.

    Is there any truth to this? I don't want to blow a ton of money on some BS. They want $200 per tire (mounted and balanced).
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    they're right. although i think you can just buy 1 tire, and have it shaved to match the depth of the others, the bottom line is you can't have different treads left on different tires.

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    i have 2 RE92's sitting in my garage with just over 12,000 miles on em, good amount of tread left on em. tell me where your located.

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    They are correct. With the AWD the tires need to spin at the same rate. If one tire is taller or shorter than the other side the dif is basically burning up the whole time you are driving straight. It could affect the center dif also but I don't think as much as the front or rear.
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    Question

    This is pretty interesting and I am in no way doubting the effects of different diameter tires affecting the diff in our cars, etc. However, when was the last time that you went out and measured your tread depth off all 4 tires, in multiple spots so that you get a true representation of the actual wear? And if you do, do you trend the wear, so forth and so on?

    I don't.

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    Its a good excuse to ditch the stockers and put some better shoes on.

    I have heard that as well, if they have a signifigant thread difference you can damage the diff.
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    how much differences is that 2mm going to make?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRayX
    how much differences is that 2mm going to make?

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    good question, why don't you run a set of tires for their life and let us know how it goes?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSubie02
    i have 2 RE92's sitting in my garage with just over 12,000 miles on em, good amount of tread left on em. tell me where your located.
    I'm in the midwest BlueSubie02. I got some new tires, but thanks for the offer.

    I didn't wait to get a tire on becase I didn't want to drive around on the spare doughnut. They got another RE92 on order, should be in next week, so I'll be good. I'll upgrade the tires when it's time to replace all 4 and I don't have to wait. (I'll order new tires ahead of time)

    With the discount I can get, it's about teh same price as Tirerack, and that includes mounting. So I guess it's not that bad.

    Thanks for the info guys. At least I know my dealership wasn't trying to jerk me around.
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    Hmmm...

    I can MAYBE see a difference from left to right in extreme cases...
    Front to rear, less of an issue.

    However, I would think that driving on that donut spare would be more painful than 2mm tread diff.
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    A good tire shop should be able to shave the new tire down so it matches the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lipster
    I can MAYBE see a difference from left to right in extreme cases...
    Front to rear, less of an issue.

    However, I would think that driving on that donut spare would be more painful than 2mm tread diff.
    Agreed. However, one doesn't normally drive on the mini spare any longer than absolutely necessary, and any faster than stated on the spare itself. On the other hand one could drive on mismatched tread depths indefinitely, and maybe that's what concerns the manual's author(s).

    In any case I'm still liking my Avons from TireRack. Not the ultimate dry grip and not the ultimate sidewall stiffness, but very, very good (as good IMO as average "max" performance stuff but at one of the lowest "ultra high" performance price!). Just IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burgerboy
    They want $200 per tire (mounted and balanced).

    u should've went to Costco or something. Mounting and balancing is included in the price. About $110 per tire. They also have Bridgestone discounts ($60) in regular intervals during the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lipster
    However, I would think that driving on that donut spare would be more painful than 2mm tread diff.
    That's why they tell you to only go 50 miles at 50mph or whatever.
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    how much damage that 2mm is going to make?

    if you are heavy and compresses the tire to 2mm, are you going to harm your car?
    or should you take the action to pump more air on your driver side tire to make it even?

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