Tire Replacement on AWD Vehicles

At Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment a common issue we run into is tire replacements on All Wheel Drive (AWD) Vehicles. Unfortunately as any driver knows on occasion for one reason or another you end up with a flat tire. For drivers with Front Wheel Drive as long as the rest of the tires are in pretty good shape we can replace the flat tire, and they are on their way.  Sadly, the same is not true for AWD vehicles.

Drivetrain, transmission drawing

Replacing Just One Tire on an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle Can Be Dangerous and Much More Expensive in the Long Run.

If the tread on the new tire is more than a 2/32” off from the old tires, the tire could ruin your transmission or possibly your whole drivetrain.

How could this happen?

One reason is because the wheels with the older tires have to work harder and spin faster than the wheel with the new tire. This extra stress on your wheels can result in issues with the transmission and axles leaving you with expensive repairs.

The second concern is when the old wheels are moving faster the electronics in your car may read that the wheels are slipping and put your car in the wrong gear to compensate. If your car is put into four-wheel lock on pavement or at high speeds it will cause damage to your car leaving you with costly repairs.

If you are in doubt or have questions, bring your AWD vehicle over to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment and we will inspect your tires for free.

You and your passenger’s safety and comfort are important to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. We treat all your vehicles like they are our own. Give us a call or stop by anytime, we always offer free inspections on:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Scans (error codes)
  • Front Ends