Can I Replace Just One Tire? Is That No Good?

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Although the general image of “tire replacement” is to replace all four tires at once, there may be cases where only one of the four tires needs to be replaced due to unexpected tire problems. In such cases, is it OK to replace only one tire? Or is it No Good?

Is That No Good To Replace Only One Tire?

Basically, if the other three tires can be determined to still be usable, there is no problem in replacing only one of them. However, if a new tire is attached to the front wheel, it will cause operability problems, so if the tire to be replaced is a front tire, attach the rear tire to the front wheel and the new tire to the rear wheel.

The key point to keep in mind when replacing a tire with a new one is the tire’s outside diameter. The outer diameter of a new tire will be different from that of a worn tire.

If you continue to drive with a tire that has a difference in outside diameter, the differential (differential gear) will continue to work constantly, which will put a load on it. Some people also say that it simply makes it harder to drive, so make sure that the outside diameters of the tires are matched.

What Is The Case Of Replacing Only One Tire On A Car?

The most common cause of replacing only one tire is when you have a flat tire. The cause of a flat tire may be a foreign object stuck in the tread surface (ground surface) of the tire or a burst caused by scraping the side surface of the tire as it rides up on a curb, etc.

A tire puncture can be noticed immediately as a burst, or it can occur over time as the tire loses air. If only one tire is punctured, or if the tire pressure becomes abnormally low, do not hesitate to replace the tire immediately.

What To Do When You Replace Only One Tire On Your Car

When only one tire is replaced, “tire rotation” is important. Tire rotation is the process of changing the position of the front and rear tires in order to average out the progression of wear in order to prolong the life of the tire.

In some cases, we recommend “replacing two tires,” etc., instead of replacing only one, in order to balance the front and rear wheels. If you are replacing only one tire, you will need to have it replaced and also be concerned about the maintenance after the replacement. If you are replacing only one tire, you should have a professional look at the tire and make a decision.