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Old 12-21-2008, 07:42 AM   #1
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Do I need to replace all four tires???

Well... Unfortunately I walked out to my Ridgeline this morning and found that both drivers side tires had been slashed and were flat . I have just over 35,000 miles on these tires which are the OEM Michelin LTX M/S P245/65 R17's. Would anyone know if I would need to replace all four tires at this point or if it is OK to have two new tires on one side of the vehicle?
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

I would put the new ones up front, move the other ones to the back, and don't rotate them. These GM owners must have been celebrating their bailout.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:38 AM   #3
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

If the NOT slashed tires are showing cracks or dry rot I'd see if I could get them rated at a tire store. Get a police report on the slashed ones and call your insurance. You might be able to get four news ones pretty cheap depending on your deductable.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

It depends... At least, you'll have to put the remaining tires on the same axle. Try replacing the slashed tires and see if the computer likes the new tires. From what I understand if the overall circumference of the tires and rims are drastically different from the new ones... you might have a problem...

In my Department, we use Ford Explorer which require the replacement of all 4tires if just one tire is damaged... amazing but true. I recently sent our 2008 Explorer (5 months in service) to the shop with one cut tire... and it came back with 4 new tires... The Explorer is driven by supervisors and had only 22k miles on it...
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:10 AM   #5
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

1. Radial tires from one side should never be used on the other side of the car. Radial tires rotate front to rear and vice veras.

2. Radial tires should be replaced by Axle - Both front or both rear at the same time.

That being said:

Since both tires slashed are on the same side. you need to replace all 4 at the same time.

How good is your local Honda Dealer. I picked up 4 ridgeline OEM tires from a dealer in NC for $250 for all 4 with 10 miles on them. The dealer put 20" custom wheels on a new Ridgeline and sold the wheel rims on ebay and had the tires left. Your local Honda Dealer may do the same thing.

Also try ebay if you can wait a few days for tires .
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:21 AM   #6
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

I would replace all 4. The way the 4x4 system works, the truck is in 4x4 everytime you drive. Not just when it's slippery when you would usually put a truck into 4x4. Any difference in tire circumference can cause major problems because the front and back will turn at different speeds. If you had 10,000 miles I would get 2, but since you are almost half worn I would go with all 4.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:31 AM   #7
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

Call me captain obvious but would't the lowest cost solution be to buy 2 used Micheline LTX tires from a local tire place or the internet.

I got one locally for $35 otd recently when I had sidewall damage on one with 30,000 miles on it.

I made about 15 calls out of the yellow pages to dismatlers and used tire shops.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #8
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

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1. Radial tires from one side should never be used on the other side of the car. Radial tires rotate front to rear and vice veras.


Only if a directional tire?
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #9
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

Captain Obvious has the best idea if you can find them. I had a similar situation and found one. I forgot about that earlier. I think I paid $45.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:41 PM   #10
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Re: Do I need to replace all four tires???

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Radial tires from one side should never be used on the other side of the car. Radial tires rotate front to rear and vice veras.
It's too bad Honda has it all wrong as they recommend rotating the fronts straight back to the rears and CROSS rotating the rears to the front as long as they are non-directional tires.
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