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Ok. Both my front tyres have 4mm tread, both rears have 7mm tread. The U.K legal limit is 1.6mm tread.

Would you:

A. Leave them just the way they are and replace the fronts when they hit around 2mm.

B. Swap the fronts and the rears over, giving me longer until having to buy new boots, but then probably having to buy 4 in one hit.

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I'd rotate 'em. I already do that every six months, and my tires have always worn evenly.

You're right: you will need four new ones when they all wear out, but rotating them postpones the inevitable for a year or more.

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Uh-oh. This is where I leave the room.

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Whats your winter's like? If it is going to end up anything like Camy is experiencing I would get new tires now.
 

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Scooter Scott said:
Whats your winter's like? If it is going to end up anything like Camy is experiencing I would get new tires now.
Sorry Scottie. If I asked for Tires rather than Tyres, they wouldn't understand what the hell I was going on about. :confused:

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Always buy tyres in sets of four unless it's a really special circumstance (like a punctured tire when the rest are almost new). You never want significantly less traction in the rear, and putting a set of new tires on the rear of a (mainly) FWD vehicle isn't all that beneficial.

Unless I'm missing something, the Kwik Fit deal is better for the set of four. Getting a 15% discount twice is still 15% off the total cost.

If you don't feel the car losing traction to the point of being dangerous, I would let them get down to 1.6 mm. Some tires age better than others. Our Escort has a set of Uniroyals that are pushing ten years in service, down to 4 mm and still grippy as heck. The Generals that came with the Escape were replaced after three years of service and 50% tread because I slid right through a few intersections. No grip at all.
 

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200 * .15 = 30 * 2 = $60 off total price
400 * .25 = $100 off total price

Squishy is correct
 

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Squishy said:
Always buy tyres in sets of four unless it's a really special circumstance (like a punctured tire when the rest are almost new). You never want significantly less traction in the rear, and putting a set of new tires on the rear of a (mainly) FWD vehicle isn't all that beneficial.

Unless I'm missing something, the Kwik Fit deal is better for the set of four. Getting a 15% discount twice is still 15% off the total cost.
Eh? Is my maths letting me down.

2 tyres @ £100 for both. 15% discount, cost for 2 tyres is £85. Repeat the transaction, another £85 for the 2 additional tyres. Total cost £170.

4 tyres @ £200 for all 4. 25% discount, cost for 4 tyres is £150.

Yeah you're right, I'm a moron. I was adding the 15% to the other 15% (to get all 4 tyres done), thinking it'd be 30% for all 4, but that was clearly wrong. :bag: :doh: :bust:

Move along people....There's nothing to see here....... :whistle: :lol:
 

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Glad you got the math all straightened out :D

I'd say, if you don't have any severe traction problems, follow JParks advice, rotate the good to the front then run them until the bad are worn out and replace all 4 at once. I know it's more expensive but it's safer to have matched front and rear plus it looks better.

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And that is exactly what I did with my tyres, and experienced no handling problems as yet :yahoo:

However, not looking forward to the cost of purchasing 4 new tyres :cuss: , although having said that , the Maverick probably will have been traded in by then :worry: :whistle:

N.B. Edited due to influence of Timothy Taylors Landlord ;)
 

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i'd wear the fronts til they're at the legal limit then replace and swap the new ones to the rear, that way you wont end up with overly old tyres at the rear :)
 

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The maverick will probably have been traded in by then? Hello Camus! What are you considering trading in on? OOPS! :) :whistle: Hope i have not put my foot in it inadvertently. As my mum comments to me on random moments " You are like an elephant in a porcelain garden ". ;) She uses this phrase when my discretion, or diplomacy is non- existent. By the same token dear mother mentions this if i have been clumsy. :lol:
 

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You are worried about 20 pounds when talking about a safety factor? If your asking the question, you should already know the correct answer. If you don't, it's replace all four of the frick 'en treads...NOW!

BTW, the tires get harder as time goes on. If they are over five years of age, you need to replace them. Otherwise you might and could have a catastrophic failure at an inconvienient moment. Yeah, tread separation. It happens, even with grippy tires. Loose em guys. The life you safe just maybe your own, or a loved ones'.

Check out the following link:

http://www.safetyresearch.net/tires.htm

There are other articles, but they all say the same thing. Loose the old tires, and when you do make sure you are getting new tires installed. Some tires are warehoused for years!!!!!!!!! You maybe buying old tires!
 

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The maverick will probably have been traded in by then? Hello Camus! What are you considering trading in on?
Have been looking for a while to trade the Maverick, as the prices of 4X4's have plummeted, and I own the Maverick outright, as I bought it using good old fashioned cash, no credit / finance loans in this household :thumb:

I have been looking at these ..


Mainly because the Discovery III is slightly larger, and the G4 version is broadly the same idea as the "No Boundaries" Escape, plus the orange paint is distinctive.

However, to obtain one of these, I will have to sell the Maverick, the Renault laguna estate, and the Land Rover Defender, as I want to put as little money as possible into the deal.
Alas, finding a good G4 is proving hard, the 3 that I've looked at have all seen better days :shrug: , no rush though
 

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You are worried about 20 pounds when talking about a safety factor? If your asking the question, you should already know the correct answer. If you don't, it's replace all four of the frick 'en treads...NOW!

BTW, the tires get harder as time goes on. If they are over five years of age, you need to replace them. Otherwise you might and could have a catastrophic failure at an inconvienient moment. Yeah, tread separation. It happens, even with grippy tires. Loose em guys. The life you safe just maybe your own, or a loved ones'.

Check out the following link:

http://www.safetyresearch.net/tires.htm

There are other articles, but they all say the same thing. Loose the old tires, and when you do make sure you are getting new tires installed. Some tires are warehoused for years!!!!!!!!! You maybe buying old tires!
Hmm, interesting read that, but in my own experience, involved with the transport industry over here since I was 16, I've never come accross that problem, indeed my old bus that I owned before I met the wife, had tyres on it that were last replaced in 1967, and had no problems with them whatsoever.

Tyre seperation is mainly involved with retreads for commercial vehicles, as can be witnessed by the amount of tyre carcasses littering the roads in this country, and yep, having a blowout whilst travelling at speed is no joke, as it's happened twice now to me, once whilst driving a 38 tonne arctic at 56mph on the M6 (FNS tractor unit tyre, and on a coach whilst on the M1 doing 60 mph( F O/S tyre).
Makes me wonder what the ratio is between reported failures v tyre sales are, I bet there are at least 1000 tyres in circulation per reported failure, if that makes any sense
 
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