Definitely. In fact, generally you want your winter wheels and tires to be narrower than your summer tires. This will help increase pressure on the ground which increases traction on slippery surfaces with proper tires.
Can I have two different size rims on my car?
It depends. Wheels and tires are not interchangeable words. Tires are a part of the wheel setup. For instance, your vehicle has a set size of rims, but you can buy different sizes of tires to fit those rims, as long as the middle of the tires is the correct size.
Do all wheels need to be the same size?
It should go without saying, but all wheel drive and four wheel drives vehicles should have the same tire size on all four wheels. Having different sizes on some four wheel and all wheel drive vehicles can actually do damage to the vehicle.
Should winter and summer tires be the same size?
As far as sizing goes, the simplest thing to do is stick with tires the same size as those that came on your vehicle. But for winter tires, Wiebe notes that “narrower is generally better. Wide tires are great under optimum conditions if you’re driving the car hard.
Can you mix summer and winter tires?
Additionally, drivers should never mix winter tires with all-season/summer tires, or mix run-flat tires with non-run-flat tires. In an ideal situation, all a vehicle’s tires wear out at the same time.
Should all 4 tires be the same size?
For optimal safety and performance, Continental recommends fitting the same tires to every wheel position on your car, so drivers should have the same brand, size, tread pattern, load index, and speed rating on the front and rear tires.
Can you put smaller winter tires on a car?
Most car experts agree that if you run your vehicle with 17-inch, 18-inch, or even larger-sized wheels during the spring, summer, and fall, you really should consider downsizing your winter set of wheels to 16-inch, maybe even 15-inch, if possible.
Can you have 2 different tires on your car?
Is It OK to Mix Tires on Your Vehicle? The short answer is that, in general, manufacturers do not recommend tire mixing at all. For optimal safety and performance, it is recommended that vehicles are fitted with the same tires to every wheel position on your car.
Is it OK to have different size tires front and back?
Having two different-sized tires on the same axle is generally not a good thing. If the diameter of the two tires is close, then the rolling radius is about the same, so in the short term, you probably won’t have any damage, but long term, you run the risk of messing up your car’s differential.
Is it OK to have two different tire treads?
Drivers should avoid mixing tires with different tread patterns, internal constructions or sizes, and use identical tires on all of their vehicle’s wheel positions in order to maintain the best control and stability.
Is it illegal to drive with different tread patterns?
No. Mixing different tread patterns across the same axle is not allowed. The identical tyre model and tread pattern must be fitted for a single axle. You can, however, use different tyres on a separate axle – just as long as they too match each other.
Can you mix tire sizes?
Don’t mix tire sizes. All four tires must be marked with the same tire size unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer. This also applies to winter/snow tires. Don’t mix radial and non-radial tires.
Can mismatched tires cause transmission problems?
The condition of tires is as important as maintaining your car. Following are some of the drivetrain components which can be damaged due to mismatched tires: Engine. Transmission.
Is it bad to mismatch tires?
We advise against driving with mismatch wheels and tires. Mismatched wheels and tires can cause premature and uneven wear and tear on the new and remaining three wheels. Even replacing a single worn out tire with a new one, could mess with the handling of the vehicle because of the different tread depths.
Can you have mismatched rims?
If you choose to drive your vehicle with mismatched wheels the same issues can result. Mismatched wheels will fit each tire differently causing uneven wear and tear. In addition, different sized wheels can lead to different sized tires which can be detrimental to your vehicle.