Someone randomly slashed one of my tires. Can I just replace the one?
September 1, 2013 2:51 PM Subscribe
I have already had installed and paid for one replacement tire, and just learned that replacing two is a fairly standard practice. Is that necessary and/or advisable?
posted by vegartanipla to travel & transportation (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So as a welcome to the new neighborhood (I've lived here just a couple of weeks), my car's front passenger tire was slashed while parked innocuously in my downtown this past Friday evening. Some locals helped me change it to the donut, and then Saturday morning I took it to WalMart for a diagnosis (which was when I learned definitively that yes, it was stabbed) and repair/replacement. The locals had said to go to this WalMart as it was cheap but just as good as the Firestone in town. I also called the police while at WalMart to file a report*, and then the tire was disposed of and a new one put on the car. They couldn't patch and reuse the old tire as the cut was on the side and all including the policeman agreed that made it unpatchable. I've already paid for these services.
No one at WalMart suggested I should replace more than the one tire. I've just learned that it is often recommended to replace two tires at once. Do I need to go back to WalMart to buy a second one? Does it matter that all four tires were purchased fairly recently (approximately two years ago)? Should I take it to my brand new no-idea-how-good-yet mechanic and ask his opinion?
*The policeman suspects nonsensical drunken assholery.