valiant171 New Reader
1/17/11 3:36 p.m.

So my subaru "winter war wagon" shed a tire the other day and was wondering 1) I purchased a used tire that has a 3% deviation from the current tires, how much of an issue is this? 2) If this is an issue can I put it on a non "drive" wheel to minimize the consequences?

The car in question is a 1993 (POS that I love and has value of... scrap) with a manual.

scardeal Reader
1/17/11 3:41 p.m.

If it's AWD, the only non-drive wheel is a spare. Just sayin'.

Travis_K Dork
1/17/11 4:02 p.m.

Well, you are not supposed to do that, but... my dad took his in to get new tires put on, and they put 3 205/70-15 and one 215/70-15, and since no one noticed until the tires were almost worn out and it doesn't seem to have hurt it.

bigbens6 New Reader
1/17/11 4:26 p.m.

in theory it is bad, in practice who knows, condition of car is gonna have alot to do with it... can you get the new tires shaved down a lil closer to the others...

griffin729 HalfDork
1/17/11 4:26 p.m.

3% i wouldn't worry that much, and with that generation of Subie's AWD system it should make that much of a difference unless you were approaching USAC Triple crown levels of stagger.

valiant171 New Reader
1/17/11 4:52 p.m.

Thanks for the input... I know its not ideal but the the car is a mangy cat I cant get rid of with its weepy eyes, worms and all, just dont want it to starve. per se... A stop gap measure to keep in moving and taking my ass to work

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