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Old 06-12-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Tire tread tolerance - SoA

Hi all,

I'm the proud owner of a '17 Impreza Sport. Love the car!

So I had the unfortunate pleasure of getting a roofers nail in my expensive Yokohama rear tire that cannot be patched due to it being on the side of the tread wall. The tires came brand new when I bought the car used in September. I brought it to Mavis and they said they can replace just the one tire since my other tires are at 8/32, where the new tire (same make/model/tread pattern) is 10/32. SOA says it should be no more than a 2/32 difference, which this is and I called them AND my dealer and they both said it was fine (although I could consider shaving the new tire).

So who assumes liability in case this does cause transmission issues? Or all 3 of my sources are correct, even though everyone on the internet is like "DON'T DO IT, BUY ALL 4!" I'd hate to waste 3 perfectly good tires (at 250 a pop might I add) and I really am in a bind money wise considering I have another car that really does need new tires.

What do you all think?
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:25 PM   #2
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Measure the tread-depth yourself for comfort.

You can also ask to have the new tire shaved to match the existing tread-depth of the opposing rear-tire.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:18 PM   #3
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Buy 1 tire, shave it.
If you have 2 cars, you're not really in a bind money-wise.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:58 PM   #4
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Tire rack will shave it for you
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:40 PM   #5
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Run the new tire 2 pounds less than the rest.

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Old 06-12-2019, 11:22 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Jack View Post
Run the new tire 2 pounds less than the rest.

Please elaborate this sorcery so I may become more knowledgable.
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