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Old 09-09-2020, 02:34 PM   #1
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So I just picked up an '04 AWD Vue and the tires on the front are at about 7mm, the back is about 4mm. Will this small difference hurt my AWD Vue? I am guessing the AWD component is only engaged when it detects traction loss, so my thought is it is not a big deal as long as both fronts and both backs are the same. Anyone think differently? Should I buy new tires?
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No experience on Vues but lots of experience with AWD Subarus. I would Replace all four at once or Transmission may get damage.
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Old 09-10-2020, 04:56 PM   #3
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...It only engages when the fronts are spinning, i think you're safe . It will be fine, just my .02, DC.
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1 tire is 28”.the other is 28.2” OD. Approx. that’s 99.3% the thinner tire is worn a bit. Does not bother me via awd but I would get new tires before long. You deal with snow?
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Yes, I do deal with snow, some years more than others here in Cleveland. I ordered new Kumho HT51s yesterday to throw on there because they seemed to get great reviews on Tirerack. My Mustang can finally live in the garage most of the winter after 4 years of daily driving, she IS fun in the snow though so maybe once in a while I will take it out.

Figured after replacing the struts, shocks, end links, tie rod ends, lower control arms, ball joints, and driver front wheel bearing, might as well just finish it off with tires and an alignment and it SHOULD be a solid car for a while.
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So I just picked up an '04 AWD Vue
You did make sure it had a rear driveshaft?
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You did make sure it had a rear driveshaft?
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You'd be surprised how many people buy a 4x4 and then months later when they take it out in the snow, they find out it only has 2wd. Previous owner removed a front or rear driveshaft for whatever reason, a bad diff or u-joints. Happened to me with a Durango. No front driveshaft. Luckily a trip to the junkyard got it working for under $50.
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...Every 2 yrs or so since my vue was new i'd buy 2 new snows, so 2 would be worn ,and 2 would be new, never had an issue with the awd. I used the firestone winterforce tires 215 70 16's on 16'' steel wheels,in the winter, just my.02, DC.
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Last winter, I bought Blizzaks from 4wheelonline. These tires performed well in deep snow and ice. They were ok on dry pavement.
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