Understanding the Benefits of Tire Shaving

Measuring Tire Tread Depth with a Tire GaugePerformed in a controlled environment, tire shaving purposely reduces a tire's tread depth uniformly across the tire's width to ensure even tread depth. To most people, reducing the tread of a new tire seems illogical. In truth, there are a couple of benefits to shaving tires.

Matching tread depth on all four tires is important for maintaining balanced traction and predictable handling of your vehicle. This is one of the benefits of proper tire rotation. When only a single tire is needed, shaving the new tire to match the tread depth of the remaining three is a more cost effective solution than replacing all four tires.

Aside from performance advantages, even tread depth on all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles is necessary for mechanical reasons. As all four wheels are essentially "connected together," one or more tires rotating at a different speed (revolutions/mile) can place a strain on the driveline components, which can lead to damage.

While the cost of our street tire shaving service will range from $25 to $35 per tire, it is significantly less than the cost of replacing two or three good tires. Contact one of our sales specialists for the benefits of tire shaving.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Bob Mccarthy

where do I get this shaving done near the 41042 Florence ky area?
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by Logan

The best thing to do is have us shave the tire before we ship it. This is because the equipment is rare and expensive so most local shops will not offer this service. Please contact one of our helpful Sales Associates at 800-461-5527 x-370
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by David

I own a Subaru Forester 2011 and I was in an accident and had to get a tire replaced. They replaced it with a Goodyear and all other three are a Yokohama. They told me that the Yokohama's are not being made anymore, but I saw that you guys offer them and wanted to purchase one but I need it shaved down to roughly 7-8/32 of an inch. I would love to discuss this issue with a representative.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by Logan

Thank you for your recent email regarding your Subaru. We would be glad to asssist with your Yohohama tire and shaving. Please call one of our assocaites at 800-461-5527 and we will get that taken care of for you.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Mac Hollister

Will shaving a tire void any manufactures warranties?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Team

Tire shaving will void the treadwear warranty. However the warranty would apply if it was found tire shaving affected the material or workmanship of the tire.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Munir

Hello. I have fairly new Michelin Defenders. I recently damaged one of the tires beyond repair. I don't want to replace all for but just one. Since I have a Honda CRV I understand that it is vital that all four tires have same circumference. Other forums have said Honda allows a difference of only 2.5% in circumference between front and rear. How would I find out how much the new tire I purchase from Tire rack needs to be shaved? Would an associated help me figure this out? Thanks!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Tire Rack Team

Yes, please contact Ben at (888) 428-8355 ext. 4660 and he'll be able to assist you with your tire shaving questions.
Monday, September 22, 2014 by Donald Benson

I need to replace one tire on a 2008 Toyota Sienna CE because of sidewall damage due to a pothole. The remaining tread depth is 7/32" on all three of the other BF Goodrich Advantage TA 215/65R16 tires. Should I have the new replacement tire shaved to match the other's treadwear? Please send me a quote for the tire and a recommendation. I see that Eldon's is your preferred installer in my area. Thank you. Donald Benson
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Donald, shaving can be done for $25 on top of the cost of the tire and is recommended unless you plan to purchase a pair. Give us a call at (800) 428- 8355 ext. 4792 if I can help. We would be happy to share a price delivered once we have your address information. -- marshall@tirerack.com

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