The above picture shows the results of my wife’s adventures in the urban jungle. She does not know how, but she managed to hit a curb. She called me right away and I told her to just drive slowly home as she was only about thousand feet away. I was rather certain that the sidewall was effed and was pretty certain that she won’t damage the wheel in that distance.
I have about forty thousand miles on these tires; I keep them properly inflated and rotate as required. I decided that they were good enough to last through the winter. Given my wife’s misadventure I have decided to order two new tires and keep the best two of the remaining three.
Quick call to our friends at tirerack.com and I am ready to place my order when I was told that, while the name of the tire remains the same, the tire has been redesigned and that the compound and all ratings are different. I was told that having two sets of mismatched tires on an AWD vehicle is not advisable for a lot of reasons; improper wear, damage to AWD system, etc. Still, I ordered just two tires.
Tirerack’s disclaimer makes sense. The AWD system on my 2006 MDX is not an advanced one and, let’s be honest here, 90% of the time it is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Furthermore, common sense dictates that the same model and same size tire from the same manufacturer cannot be that much different, even after a redesign.
At this point I will wait and see how the car drives with the two new tires. If needed, I’ll order two more tires. What is the Hooniversal consensus on my decision? Wait and see or just order two more now?
EDIT: Damn you all… damn you all to hell!!!! And thank you for the advice. Ordering two more tires.