Before buying a second-hand car, it is always important to check the car tires to identify if they are worn out, and properly mounted. In this case, the imperative question is: what about mismatched car tires? Is that a setback? Whenever possible, it is always advisable to use identical tires with the same size and tread pattern. This is helpful in maintaining the optimum stability and control of your vehicle. Generally, you should avoid using mismatched set of car tires unless the vehicle manufacturer specifies that it is acceptable. In rare cases, some cars have what is referred to as staggered fitment where tires of different sizes are mounted on the front and rear axles.
Examples of Mismatched Car Tires
Cases of mismatched car tires include tires with different thread patterns, tires from different manufacturers, non–flat tires with run–flat tires, and tires with different construction characteristics.
Matched Set Is Best
Functionally, mismatched car tires will wear out at different rates. This means that if all the tires on the vehicle are from the same model and manufacturer, then there should be no apparent mismatch cases. Actually, the four tires should wear out roughly at the same time. This makes it easier to purchase new sets of tires for the vehicle at the same time.
Slapdash Car Sellers
As you may agree with me, mismatched car tires are a sign of a seller who doesn’t take good care of his/ her car. By and large, if the tires are the cheapest brand from the cheapest manufacturer, the odds are high that the rest of the car is likely not in a much better condition.
Further, a car with mismatched set of tires may have more complications and issues as you find that the tires cannot be rotated with the same effect. This might bring other anomalies related to tire inflation and tire alignment.
Replacing the Worn Out And Mismatched Tires
When replacing the tires for your vehicle, you should choose the type of the tires you need for your car. It is advisable to replace them all together on a newly purchased vehicle. Whenever possible, it is always best to use similar tires with the same thread pattern, construction, and pattern. This will assist in maintaining your car’s stability and optimum control for your vehicle as well as increasing their lifespan, thus making the most of your investment.
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