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Old 09-22-2014, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hi all,
2004 Hyundai Elantra with 160,000 miles, no mechanical problems. I now have a nail in front right sidewall, no tire shop will patch all the tires are down to 5/32" or so. I live in California so no snow and unfortunately not much rain either which is causing epic drought.

Should I replace just the 1 flat; or does this cause imbalance so I should do both fronts? Or just do all 4 since tires aren't new. Last, and this is all opinion, would you put new tires on a 10 yr old car with 160K??
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Sidewall patches are suspect and not recommended.

One could hunt around for same brand/same size used tire; that used tire could be close to your current 5/32nds of tread on existing tires...whether a used tire will balance and/or run well with the others is impossible for any of us to know.

IIWM, I would replace all four tires, as your 5/32 nds is getting close to usually rec'd tire replacement of < 4/32 nds.

The all four tire replacement mode assumes you like the car, it runs well, and you will keep it another couple years. The car age and mileage are not necessarily linked, if it runs well imo.

If it is a grocery getter that sits most of the time, a used tire is obviously the least costly/less intensive repair.
GL, mD
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Just get a used tire for now, if you decide to keep the car for a long period of time then get 4 new ones.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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Tires should be replaced at 3/32 (2/32 is the legal minimum), so you are about at the end of life for the set. That said, there's maybe 6 months=1 year more life depending on the type of rubber, so you can just buy a new pair vs a full set now, and then get the other two later.

However, since its the tail end of summer, there are still a few rebates around that will make getting a full set a better deal. I'd look at Tire Rack and see what tires work on your car and if any have any rebates or promotions.

One other thing to remember, you should consider replacing your tires due to age as well as wear - if the tires have been on the car for 5 years already, might as well buy a whole new set.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hmm, some things to think about...

A) Tire Rack has 2 General tires at $58 ea, but they have a $50 mail in rebate on a set of 4, so like $180 vs. $310 for 2 or 4.

B) The current tires are only 3 years old. I think I'll try to get a tire place to measure the exact tread depth.

C) Car is fine, but the windshield washer pump is broke and it needs new front brakes. Quite a few dents, KBB Fair is $1700, but with the damage and now the tire I'd bet its real worth is around $1300.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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Replace with a used tire or replace all 4. They're just about done, so you might as well get a full set.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Hi all,
2004 Hyundai Elantra with 160,000 miles, no mechanical problems. I now have a nail in front right sidewall, no tire shop will patch all the tires are down to 5/32" or so. I live in California so no snow and unfortunately not much rain either which is causing epic drought.

Should I replace just the 1 flat; or does this cause imbalance so I should do both fronts? Or just do all 4 since tires aren't new. Last, and this is all opinion, would you put new tires on a 10 yr old car with 160K??

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Go to a used tire shop and get a used tire installed till all four tires wear out. It may be 6-8 months before you need new ones. Then replace all 4

Replace only two tires on the drive axle ( front tires) replace the backs when they're worn out

Replace all four tires now. I would just shop around and replace all four

My truck is 15 years old with 157k and I just out new tires on it. If your car runs well yeah I would put tires on it and get another 50-80k out of it.
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