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Old 07-27-2011, 04:46 PM
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How important is it to have the same brand and style of tires on a vehicle? Tires do not wear out evenly anyway. The issue is more apparent with my wife's Ford Edge that we bought new with Hankook Dynasty AS tires as Original Equipment. W/O rotating the tires every 8K (or whatever was recommended) we reached almost 52,000 miles before replacing a single tire. Please don't flame me for going to the dealer, but we had warranty work that was being performed, so I told Ford to look at the rear tire since it wasn't holding air. It was determined that a metal object was run over and pierced the inside of the tire, and of course it was unrepairable AND tires are supposed to be replaced in pairs anyway. I was told that all four tires were low on tread and should be replaced, but I told Ford just replace the bad one and the other rear with OE Hankook's (approx. $165 each). I knew it cost me a little more for OE and from a dealer, but it was December and I needed tires. Fast Forward until Spring, and I have been faithfully watching the remaining tread on the two old tires (which now have nearly 60,000 miles). I have a pull when I take my hands off the wheel, which I know could be due to bad tires but most likely the alignment (which I know hasn't been done in a while). Although I am very happy with the life received from the OE Hankook's, I really do not want to pay the premium price for a new set. I found an independent dealer in my area that wants $145/per tire, but I am seriously considering Continental Conti Pro Contact for $129 each, Sumitomo HTR A/S for $130 each, or the Dunlop Signature for $138 each. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-27-2011, 04:49 PM
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seriously considering....what?
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:07 PM
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just getting the two front done and keeping the ones on the back? I am not a fan of mixed match tires cause of how tires wear you want them to wear as close to the same as you can...IMO
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:11 PM
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but I am seriously considering Continental Conti Pro Contact for $129 each, Sumitomo HTR A/S for $130 each, or the Dunlop Signature for $138 each. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
I'm sorry if I didn't make my point clear, but I replaced the two rear in December at about 52,000 miles. Now, I need the front two replaced, and I'm thinking of switching brands -- mostly due to cost. The tires I'm considering are listed above.
Again, sorry if I didn't make things clear, and thanks for input. I really have to get the tires soon. On my way home today, my traction light came on.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:13 PM
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no it made sense but you didnt finish or at least the post didnt show that you did...it just ended at seriously considering lol

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i would definitely go with 4 of the same tires, start fresh and get an alignment as well
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:16 PM
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Or if you just need the two since there is only ~8k on the back tires get the same brand...and get your alignment checked out...I am not 100% sure if there is a real reason to keep the tires all the same, but I had my fronts/backs different cause I was trying to save some money and my truck rode different it was like it was mad at me for not giving it all the same shoes...
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:21 PM
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if your vehicles are 4x4 its pretty important to have all 4 tires with the same mileage on them so they are all the same size. Also you can avoid having to replace only 2 tires at a time and prolonging the life of your tires by rotating them with every oil change.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:25 PM
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no it made sense but you didnt finish or at least the post didnt show that you did...it just ended at seriously considering lol

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i would definitely go with 4 of the same tires, start fresh and get an alignment as well
I did save my work and get a quick drink before finishing. I have a two year old that I didn't want accidentally bumping my laptop forcing me to lose my work. I have to get two new tires for sure, and I have a good feeling toward's the OE Hankook's. I will let everyone know what I decide, but I think a major factor besides cost is whether the shop has the tires on hand. Since it is the wife's vehicle, I only drive once or twice a week when she works afternoons. I have to get the alignment A.S.A.P., and I'd like both done at the same time. I know that many people don't have matching tires, and what would I do had they discountinued what I already have? In closing, we don't have 4 * 4, and I'm going to sleep on it. I'm very spontaneous so I'll probably see what they tell me tomorrow at the shop and make a decision then. I did rotate the tires a couple times -- just not as often as recommended. I don't have the time or money to rotate more often, and I still think I did pretty good making the tires last as long as they did. Thanks again for everyone helping.

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Old 07-27-2011, 06:43 PM
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I'm going to echo 01_ranger4X4, if you have 4X4 or AWD, changing all four tires is highly recommended. If it's only two wheel drive, you can change tires in pairs.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:48 PM
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I should also add that on newer vehicles even the 2wd's its still important to have the same size tires due to the 4 wheel ABS and traction/ stability controls. My 05 F-150 kept throwing ABS codes because of one tire that was badly worn compared to the other 3 and it confused the ABS system, problem completely went away when I replaced all 4 tires with new. Just another thing to think about.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:58 PM
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I should also add that on newer vehicles even the 2wd's its still important to have the same size tires due to the 4 wheel ABS and traction/ stability controls. My 05 F-150 kept throwing ABS codes because of one tire that was badly worn compared to the other 3 and it confused the ABS system, problem completely went away when I replaced all 4 tires with new. Just another thing to think about.
This is the consensus I keep getting, and as a reminder the vehicle is not 4 wheel drive and I'm not changing tire size -- just tread pattern. I should be O.K. and I'm really not too worried. I still haven't 100% made up my mind what I'm going to do. Thanks.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:09 AM
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I'm still undecided on what I'm going to do, but I'm leaning towards OE Hankook Dynasty. Sears, surprisingly, is the most inexpensive shop around here, and they are offering the tires for $131/each plus mounting and balancing and tax.

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