Is Tire Shaving the Right Solution?

You drive an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle and a tire goes flat and needs to be replaced. Should you replace the entire set or just the one in need of repair?

You may or may not know that your vehicle's transmission and/or differential requires all tires to be the same, or close to the same tread depth in order to operate properly. Running tires with different tread depths can cause damage to your vehicle.

The popular belief is that once one of your tires on your AWD vehicles gets a flat, you should replace all four. That's not necessarily the case. We offer a tire shaving service that reduces the tire tread depth down to match the tire depth of the remaining partially worn tires on the vehicle. Tire shaving has been used for decades in auto racing to reduce tire squirm and to increase tire life. That same technology is available for everyday drivers as well. In addition to providing equivalent tread depth to eliminate driveline stress, shaved tires will better match the traction and handling qualities of the remaining worn tires. We can safely shave a tire down to 4/32nd of depth.

If tire shaving is an option for you, simply use a tread depth gauge to calculate the depth of the partially worn tires on your vehicle, and call one of our sales specialists.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Phil Maniscalo

Is tire shaving accepted by auto manufacturers, particularly FCA? I am curious if you know if it voids any warranties to have this done
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Phil, shaving a tire may void the tread life warranty of the tire but assuming you are matching the depth of the other tires you should expect the same wear as the others you are matching to. We cannot imagine a scenario where shaving a tire would cause FCA to deny any warranty claims. One change to a vehicle does not simply void the WHOLE warranty, but it may preclude the vehicle from warranty coverage for a specific part or system (if it is deemed that the modification in question directly caused the vehicle to require the warranty-related work). For example, if you modify the suspension of a vehicle and use bigger tires, the manufacturer cannot deny a warranty claim for a seatbelt malfunction, since the suspension modification is in no way related to the seatbelt.

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