Should you replace your car’s tyres in pairs or all four at once? Maybe you’re also thinking of changing just one tyre at a time. But wait! What is really the right thing to do?
In this guide, we will explore the reasoning behind these options and help you make an informed decision.
Let’s dive in!
In most cases, the answer is yes; tyres should be replaced in pairs.
When one tyre on an axle wears out faster than the other, it creates an imbalance that can compromise your vehicle’s stability and safety.
This imbalance can result in your car pulling to one side, making it challenging to maintain control, particularly in adverse weather conditions like rain or snow.
Moreover, it increases the risk of accidents, as your vehicle may not respond as expected in an emergency situation.
While it is possible to change a single tyre at a time, it is generally not recommended to do so. Having tyres with differing levels of wear can adversely affect your car’s performance.
If you need to replace one tyre, it’s advisable to replace the corresponding tyre on the opposite side at the same time. This strategy ensures uniformity and maintains the highest level of safety and performance for your vehicle.
Often, it will be best to replace all 4 tyres at once. This is particularly true if all your tyres were last replaced at the same time and are nearing the end of their life.
Even if a couple of the tyres seem to have a little life left in them, replacing all four ensures uniform wear and optimal performance.
Though replacing all four tyres might be a bit more costly upfront, it’s a long-term investment in your safety and the performance of your vehicle.
Uneven grip between tyres can lead to unpredictable handling, making it challenging to control your vehicle, especially during abrupt turns or emergency stops.
Mismatched tyres can affect your car’s rolling resistance, potentially causing increased fuel consumption, which can hit your wallet over time.
Uneven wear and tear on your tyres can lead to premature replacements, costing you more money in the long run.
The decision to replace your tyres in pairs, individually, or all at once depends on various factors, including your budget, the condition of your existing tyres, and your vehicle’s specific needs.
Generally, it’s best to replace as many tyres as possible at a time. Ideally, replace 4 tyres at once. If your budget doesn’t allow for this, at least replace 2 tyres at the same time (either both front tyres or both rear tyres).
Avoid replacing a single tyre wherever possible.
I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!