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Tire Replacement on 4WD Vehicles

To a large extent, tire safety is something you can control. Buying the right tires for your vehicle, keeping them properly inflated, and checking them often for wear, will reduce the likelihood of an issue. Of course, a blowout or accident could happen, and your tires could be compromised, but for the most part, you can make the right choices to keep yourself safe.

Four-wheel drive (4WD) is an attractive feature that makes driving on certain conditions more stable. Wet, slippery, and rough surfaces are negotiated easier with 4WD because two sets of wheels are doing the work instead of just one. The front wheels pull the car forward, and the back wheels push it forward. 4WD is also useful for pulling heavy loads and off-roading.

Much like all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles, tire replacement on 4WD vehicles should be done at the same time. These cars divide the engine's horsepower between the four tires, so they work in unison. It's important to make sure all four tires are the same brand, design, and tread depth, so components in the vehicle's driveline will not fail.

4WD vehicles have either automatic or manually locking hubs. To engage manually locking hubs, you have to go to the front of each wheel and engage the 4WD at each axle. With automatic hubs, you engage 4WD from a switch inside the vehicle. With automatic hubs, you need to be even more careful about the tires matching because the front axles are always turning and they disengage at the transfer case, or 4WD transmission. To be safe, always check your owner's manual for specifics about your tires.

If you are in need of new tires, check out AAA Online Tire Store for a wide selection of top brands. With free shipping on every purchase, AAA Tire Store offers members discounted rates and money saving offers from AAA Car Care. If needed, our certified technicians can help you choose the right tires for your vehicle and install them.

To learn more about caring for your tires and additional safety tips, visit AAA Talks for Tires 101. To make sure your tires are in optimal condition, bring your vehicle into AAA Car Care Center for a free inspection. Click below to find your nearest AAA Car Care Center and make an appointment today.

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