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4x4 Tyre FAQs

Tyres - 12 May 2020

How long should 4x4 tyres last?

Over the years, tyre technology, material research, and the use of polymers has improved the expected lifespan of tyres. Still, the lifespan of a tyre depends on a number of how, where, and what factors. How you drive and maintain your tyres and how often, where you mostly drive and park, and what brand of tyre your vehicle is fitted with are the main considerations that will help determine how long they will last. This is no different for 4x4 tyres.

When should 4x4 tyres be replaced?

On average, a decent set of 4x4s could last anywhere between 30,000 to 60,000 kilometres. Many manufacturers and tyre experts also recommend replacing tyres once they reach 10 years old – counting from the date of manufacture.

Do I really need to replace all four tyres at the same time?

Ideally, yes – when replacing tyres on a vehicle, it is recommended that all four tyres be replaced at the same time for continued optimal vehicle performance.

Tyres on 4x4 vehicles must be the same diameter and as similar as possible to avoid stress or damage to the differential.

Mismatched tyres, even if the only difference is tread depth or tread design can force the differentials to operate in a different manner than they’re meant to, leading to overheating, unnecessary wear and tear, and premature failure.

Can 4x4 tyre patterns be mixed on the same vehicle?

This question is another way of asking if all four tyres should be replaced at the same time. Therefore, the obvious answer is No. It’s important that all four tyres on your 4x4 should be of the same size, tread pattern, and brand/model. Specifications can differ vastly between brands and patterns, especially for vehicles that are sensitive to the variations as this could impact performance dramatically.

To ensure even tread wear across all four tyres, regular maintenance that includes tyre rotation, alignment, wheel balancing, and air pressure is your best solution.

How often should 4x4 tyres be rotated?

Regular tyre rotation evens out the wear across all four tyres and can extend their lifespan by 20%. The recommended average mileage until your vehicle’s tyres are due to be rotated is 10,000 km. Bear in mind that there are many factors that influence wear and tear such as:

  1. Driving style
  2. Tyre pressure
  3. Wheel alignment and balancing
  4. Terrain and driving conditions
  5. Vehicle load

Tip: Remember to include your spare tyre in the rotation schedule. 

How should 4x4 tyres be rotated?

As mentioned, 4x4 vehicles require equal similarity throughout all four tyres for better handling and grip.  Due to their central differential, they designed to distribute weight more evenly throughout all four tyres. This means that the pattern rotation on 4x4s is slightly different to that of SUVs or passenger cars.

Check with the tyre manufacturer on the recommended rotation pattern. To simplify, the 4-wheel pattern on four-wheel drive is to:

  1. Switch the two front tyres with the two back tyres
  2. Then switch the tyres between left and right

This helps ensure that all four tyres wear evenly on the inner and outer parts of the tyre.

For a 5-wheel rotation pattern:

  1. Switch rear tyres to front
  2. Replace spare with front left
  3. Move spare to rear right
  4. Move front right to back left

5-wheel tyre rotation pattern for 4x4 vehicles

If you’re looking for quality tyres for your 4x4, Bridgestone Dueler and Firestone  Destination are known for their rugged durability and resistance to wear and tear. Both include a 60-month tyre damage guarantee. Visit your nearest Supa Quick store for friendly expert advice. If you’re still looking for answers, drop us a line and let us know what other 4x4 tyre questions you would like answered.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational, or entertainment purposes only. It must not be construed as advice, legal, financial, or otherwise. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Supa Quick.

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