Mixing Winter Tires

While it is always best to match all four tires on a vehicle, sometimes the need to mix models occurs.

The manufacturers have advised us that the following winter tires ARE mixable when installed in axle pairs and should always be installed on the rear axle:


  • Winter 240 and 270 Sottozero are mixable with the Winter 240 and 270 Sottozero Serie II version of those models.
The following tires are NOT mixable in axle pairs.

  • Pilot Aplin PA2 and PA3
  • Primacy Alpin PA2 and PA3


Monday, December 13, 2010 by Doug

How about /blizzak WS70 225/50/R17 on front and LM60 235/50/R17 on rear? Closest I can find to a winter setup for Infiniti g35 coupe. Dealer says OK. Your site is fantastic!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by colin

The Tirerack and Bridgestone do not recommend mixing those tires. They are too different in their construction to be considered a safe mix and will lead to a decrease in overall control and stability of the vehicle in winter conditions.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Mihai

What about mixing Dunlop Winter Sport M3 and Winter Sport 3D runflats? Which one to put on the rear axle on an all wheels drive BMW 328xi? Age difference is 3 years, but M3s (2009) are better condition than 3D (2012). Thanks
Monday, December 5, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Mihai, I would not recommend mixing winter tires, especially in your case with all wheel drive. Mixing patterns and compounds can cause damage to the AWD system over time.

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