Mind telling us if this is all-season or summer tires you need, so that
we're on the right track? Size would be useful, too, as not all tires
come in all sizes.
FYI, for general opinions on various tires, the easiest thing to do is
go over to www.tirerack.com and read owner's reviews - you can even
filter it by car model, driving style, and driving conditions.
Big assumption and not, I suspect, correct. My A4 3.0q seems to take a
very peculiar size - I can only find three manufacturers that sell
them in the UK (Michelin, Dunlop and Continental), and at GBP150 each.
I wouldn't mind betting that you'll have a wider choice at a lower
Yeah. In the US, depending on options as well as which part of 2001 model
year (2001 or 2001.5), he could have either one of these 3 sizes:
Haywood, pardon my directness, but wanting to purchase tires and not knowing
their specs is kind of like trying to buy shoes not knowing your foot size.
235/45/17? Yeah, plenty of tires in that size available in the US, some as
low as $100 each.
There isn't any reason you have to buy them with a Y speed rating, unless
you feel the need to go up to 186 mph. V is sufficient up to 149 mph, H
is good to 130 mph, S to 112 mph. Just choose by how fast you really
ever drive (or that your car is actually capable of) not by what your car
originally shipped with.
Douglas Siebert email@example.com
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On Thu, 6 Oct 2005 17:58:52 +0000 (UTC), Douglas Siebert
Thanks. I'd wondered about that. AFAIK, the car's limited to 155MPH.
In practice, I rarely go beyond 100 and never beyond 120. (It's
difficult to find suitable roads when you live in a densely-populated
country with a blanket 70 limit.)
But can I safely mix tyres with different speed ratings on the car? I
might not need to change all of them at once.
Thanks. That's the answer I was expecting, but it's nice to be sure.
The garage has just phoned (they're servicing the car today) - both
front tyres need changing, but the rear are OK. More money gone...
Yes - but the last thing I want is to have to pay for four at once.
I'd rather have to replace two now and the other two in a few months'
time. The decision *not* to rotate them is one taken quite
It *is* a quattro. The wear overall is pretty even as between front
and rear. The problem with the front tyres is that the edges have worn
a lot more than the centre.
It had never occurred to me that uneven wear might affect the centre
differential (never had four-wheel drive until April of this year).
Don't understand this, anyway. Surely the whole point of a
differential is to compensate for things like this?
The four tires should be worn within 2 mm of each other according to the
user's manual. The center differential (torsen diff) is made to handle large
differences in tire rotation on a short term basis. From what I've heard,
the more difference in rotation between front and back, the hotter the oil
inside will get.
I have heard (from Discount Tire), they will no longer replace only
two tires on a Quattro system. Apparently, they had to replace a
transmission because they only put two tires on an A6 and after a
court battle, they lost and had to replace the tranny.
He said the only exclusion is that they will replace 2 tires if the
tread is within 2mm (as the poster above said).
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