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Re: Must all four tires be identical?

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What about having a 4WD with 1 different brand of tire (3 are same) with same size, capacity, characteristics? Apparently it's not a problem.
I have asked about this and it seems I was wrong. The rule is pair of tires per axle.
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Re: Must all four tires be identical?

With 4wd you would be in troubles if you have one or two different sizes of wheels. This makes damage to drive train in a short period. Earliest VW syncros went broken when just having wrong tire pressures..
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Re: Must all four tires be identical?

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With 4wd you would be in troubles if you have one or two different sizes of wheels. This makes damage to drive train in a short period. Earliest VW syncros went broken when just having wrong tire pressures..
Yes, it's true but it depends on the type of your vehicle.

If you have a Touareg, than yes, even same tires with different wear will damage the drive train.

Permanent 4x4 also require 4 identical tires.

Modern 4WD (AWD, or 4x4 on demand) are not that sensitive on the tire wear. Because the way they work, the don't engage the 4 wheels at all times. They do it in the beginning, once you have steady cruse or the computer sees you have good traction it will forward the power to your front wheels. So this way it's OK to have a pair in the front with another in the back, for example if you have a flat tire and the rear ones are still good, you just change the front as a pair.
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