4 Responses to I need to replace one front tire on a 4×4 GMC truck. Do I need to replace both front tires?

  1. wally greeter May 18, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Not really but:
    1. It is best to replace it with the same brand and model name (i.e. tread pattern) as the other tire. If the specific tire is no longer available ask the tire dealer to recommend an equivalent replacement or consider using the spare tire as a replacement if it is the same type and not a temporary spare. If the tire you are replacing still has some tread on it and is otherwise OK you could use it as a spare.
    2. Or, if the other tire looks like it will need replacing soon (within six months or so) it would be a good idea to replace both now.
    3. Finally, if either tire has an unusual wear pattern it would be best to have the front wheel alignment checked.

  2. Yellow fruit of the loom guy? May 18, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    It’s best to replace the tire with one from the same manufacturer, model.

    http://www.coopertire.com/html/pdf/TireFitmentSafety.pdf says

    Replacing Tires on Your Vehicle
    When replacing tires on a vehicle, it is recommended and preferred that all four tires be replaced.
    When replacing tires on a vehicle, it is recommended and preferred that all four tires be replaced at the same time for continued optimal vehicle performance. However, for those cases where this is not feasible, the new tires should always be placed on the rear axle of the vehicle. Generally, new tires with deeper tread will provide better grip and evacuate water more effectively, which is important as a driver approaches hydroplane situations. Placing greater traction on the rear axle on wet surfaces is necessary to prevent possible oversteer condition and possible loss of vehicle control, especially during sudden maneuvers.

  3. inquisitor May 18, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    It’s better to replace tyres in pairs, same type and model!

  4. canux1 May 18, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Replace both if possible.