Can You Mix Tires?

It is widely known that all the tires on your car should be exactly the same to ensure optimal performance and safety. Your vehicle’s front and rear tires should be the same brand, size, tread pattern, speed rating, and load index. When you mismatch your tires, it can lead to dangerous consequences.

 

When you are in an instance where one or two of your tires are damaged or flat, it is recommended that you replace all four tires or at least a pair (if it is the rear tires). You should avoid mixing tire types (winter vs. summer), tire sizes, and tires from different manufacturers.

 

As mentioned before, mixing tires can bring about negative results. Read on to learn more about the risks of mismatched tires:

  • Uneven Tire Wear - Regular tire maintenance like rotations, wheel alignments, and balance help ensure your tires wear evenly. Mixing them will cause varying tire weight distribution, and they won’t grip the road properly.
  • Poor Car Handling - When your tires are different from each other, it can be more strenuous for your car to drive. In other words, your handling could be affected.
  • Unsafe Conditions - An unsmooth, unstable ride can stop your vehicle from performing as it should. Your acceleration and load capacity may be restricted.

If properly cared for, tires can last up to 5 years or more. When you treat your tires with maintenance, you wouldn’t have to mix up your tires. Tires play a significant role in your car’s handling and safety. If you need new tires or reliable tire services, look no further than Mazur’s Total Automotive. Please give us a call or visit soon!