For this week's column, I would like to talk about replacing just one tire for your vehicle, i.e. the "One Tire Syndrome." At Tire Rack, we always recommend to replace all four of your tires at a time so as to meet your vehicle's Original Equipment specifications. If you are matching one tire with your existing three tires that have close-to-new tread life, then that would be OK. If one replaces and matches that one brand new tire with their existing three tires with significantly worn tread life, one could be visiting their installer soon for a suspension and/or alignment checkup.
The key for changing tires is balance. If you notice worn tread wear on one tire check the other tires. I'm willing to bet that more than one of those tires on your Mercedes is also worn. If you are searching to replace tires and operating with a budget that doesn't call for four tires try to think in even numbers and make sure those two tires are the same brand and model. Mixing brands of tires is something one should avoid at all times. Tires have personalities--they have different tread patterns, tread depths, and performance characteristics which could lead to an unpredictable driving experience. You won't be the first nor the last person to buy just one tire for your vehicle. We all have consistent expectations, lets keep our tires that way. Go our website, search Tires by Vehicle, and start searching today!