Mixing and Matching Tires

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.

Check your treaddepth with a quarterThe 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!


Saturday, September 22, 2012 by Tom

Can't seem to find matching brand tires for the sizes I need. I need 2 195-65-15s and 2 215-75-16s any help would be good.
Monday, September 24, 2012 by Grant

Greetings Tom,

Thank you for your comment! I have double-checked our inventory and have had no luck in finding a credible tire match for the front and rear axle as well.
Please call me at 1-800-428-8355 extension 735 so as to discuss further.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by SEAN

Hi ... I need 1 replacement tire for my 206 Toyota Matrix Bridgestone Bliizak 205 55/R16 91Q (the tire also has the inscriotions ... EL8K CHICO 60 WOY05 RV014Z)
I can't see this tire in your inventory. Can you point me to the closest tire to what I have?
appreciate any help you can give me
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by GRANT

Greetings Sean,

Thank you for your post.

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 has been discontinued for a few years now.

Please call me at 1-800-428-8355 ext: 4735 so as to discuss options.

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