Tire concerns: Mixing old and new tires on 4WD vehicle
by Arthur F Diefenbach
(Lindley, NY USA)
I drive a Ford Explorer, XLS, 2002, 4WD. I have been reading about the various gearing combinations, but have found it hard to follow and apply.
My plan, if workable, is to use equal sized tires (Michelin Cross Terrain P235/70R16) all around. However, due to budget limitations, can I use new Michelins on the front and the same size Timberline with 6/32" remaining on the rear, for one month (400 miles) of two wheel highway driving?
Thereafter, I can afford two more new Michelins for the rear.
I use the 4WD feature off road during the frozen season or the dry season (which I hope comes in one month) . The Explorer tows a utility trailer to help with the gathering of firewood.