another flat tire thread

Brady Moffatt bradym at
Tue Jan 20 16:52:38 EST 2004

Hi All,

Last night, the back right tire of my 4kq went flat due to an invisible
sharp thingy that appeared, cut the tire between the tread blocks, and
disappeared. Unfortunately, I had no choice but to drive on it for a couple
of kilometers before I put on the donut spare. The tire is toast, which is
sad because it was a studded Hakka2 with 10/32" tread left.

Anyways, I got a replacement tire installed in under 15 minutes under the
road hazard warranty. Amazing service, and I didn't have the receipt for the
tires either. (Pneus Premier Choix in Ste. Rose for Montrealers)

So, now I have a 10/32" tread on the back left, and a 13/32" tread on the
back right. The tire guy says that 3/32" difference is the max allowable on
AWD. I tried locking the diffs with the new tire on. Worked without a hitch.
Car feels very stable with its usual huge amount of grip.

Finally, here's my question: Should I swap the backs and fronts so that I
have even wear on the rears, and have the discrepancy on the
always-open-diff front?

Urq, 4kq, Z

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