4 wheel drive tyre changing

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by tuktuk, May 7, 2020.

  1. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    Got a nail in one of my tyres and from what I can tell it's in a position which shouldn't be plugged.

    Reading online you see change all 4, change 2 on same axle or it doesn't make a difference just change the 1.

    Any experience? I dont want to fork out for 2 new tyres if I can help it. Definitely not 4. Ideally just the affected one but if its strongly recommended to change both on the same axle I would change the pair.
     
  2. Noel

    Noel Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2015
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    72
    I’ve never noticed a difference changing the one on the Quattro
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    Cheers Noel.

    I'm going to have a look tomorrow and see how much thread is left on the other side as if it's not too far off needing changed I might aswell get them done together.

    Hoping it still has plenty life left in it and I can get away with 1!
     
  4. garybee

    garybee Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2018
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    35
    It depends on the differentials in the box/axles. If they're all open diff's then changing one tyre is fine. If we're talking viscous couplings and LSDs then you need to think carefully about the different speeds of each wheel and which diff will be affected. What's the car?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. LRJimmy

    LRJimmy Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2019
    Messages:
    1,753
    Likes Received:
    696
    Hey mate, sorry but I can’t remember if you got the Audi or a Beemer but if it’s got an electronic Haldex unit you can’t have more than 1.5 mm difference between all tyres. The damage is slow to happen but costs a packet to put right...
    You could try some of your local places for a part worn of the same type with similar depth...might be a bit of a faff but the fitters will have them. A lot of folks go in with similar and are told they need a set and buy them not thinking what happens to the ones that come off. Normally the workers get to sell them on and keep the cash as beer money.
    Worth a pop :)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    It was the A5 I went for in the end. I will do some research and see if I can find out what tech is used :)

    Thanks for the help guys!
     
  7. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    Just had a quick read, apparently it's a 'crown gear' diff? The pre facelift had a Torsen type but they changed to crown gear whatever that is!

    The 4wd is always operating if that makes a difference. It's not one of those that has a button to turn it on or off.

    Think I'm going to end up doing the 2 just to be safe.
     
  8. Brom66

    Brom66 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2019
    Messages:
    631
    Likes Received:
    419
    I had a puncture on my Navara with 1500miles on it, like yourself it was in a non repairable place, slipped the tyre fitter £20 that was 30000 miles ago and it still going.

    But mine doesn't do more than 60 locally but it does tow a 3.5ton trailer, which is when it would be more likely to go.

    The other side is Mrs BMW X1 was told we needed new tyres for MOT, but need to change all 4 as the parameter was going to be to great if we just changed 2, and tbh since we had all 4 done the drive under acceleration is far better. I reckon the parameter were out before as the car felt like it was juddering when pulling away to the point I sad to the Mrs feels like the gearbox is gonna go bang maybe time for a change !
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    Will get a pic later. It's right on the edge of the tyre, probably the area it flexes most :(
     
  10. Blade runner 1

    Blade runner 1 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2015
    Messages:
    903
    Likes Received:
    478
    Generally 3/4 of the central area of the tread should be safe for a minor repair. Too close to the side wall and it has more chance of failure.
     
  11. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    I think I will struggle to get it plugged and I'm meant to be going to Bournemouth in it soon so probably not the safest :(

    Are tyre shops generally ok with the customer supplying their own tyres? I can get them off tyreleader for about 50 quid less than most other places.
     
  12. tuktuk

    tuktuk Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Messages:
    2,011
    Likes Received:
    1,319
    Got it plugged this morning, twice o_O

    It was borderline for being ok to plug. Took it to a little garage only a couple streets away and he said he didnt do repairs, said no worries I will see if I can find someone. He said give me a look and said actually he will do it. I was expecting tyre off and proper plug but he just whipped out the nail and shoved a bit of rubber in. Looked like chewing gum :eek: Only cost a fiver so thought sod it, now its temporarily fixed I can travel further to get a proper plug and ended up at Kwickfit.
     
  13. Brom66

    Brom66 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2019
    Messages:
    631
    Likes Received:
    419
    I've got similar of those kits take I it on my bike tours


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Adhesive...597818?hash=item4182ef577a:g:27MAAOSws65TmdoY
     

Share This Page