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Unread 01-07-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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tire tread and transfer case

Hey I have a 98 ZJ with full time 4 wheel drive, and when I went to the dealer to get an inspection they said I had to replace all for tire because one of them had more tread than the others or else it would mess up my transfer case. I was wondering is this true or are they just trying to get more money.

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Unread 01-07-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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Its true. If you have AWD your tires have to be all the same size. So that means getting 4 new tires. If not, you will eventually wear out your transfer case because that one mis sized tire will be turning faster/slower than the others.
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Unread 01-07-2009, 04:26 PM   #3
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Alright thanks alot
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Unread 01-07-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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Before you waste money on new tires how bad are they? If 1 or more of them are bald then maybe that MIGHT throw it off but even that I doubt it. As long as the tires are all the same size you should be okay. It sounds to me like theyre just trying to get more money.
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Unread 01-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #5
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Before you waste money on new tires how bad are they? If 1 or more of them are bald then maybe that MIGHT throw it off but even that I doubt it. As long as the tires are all the same size you should be okay. It sounds to me like theyre just trying to get more money.
I have to agree with subliminal, if you still have tread on all the tires and they are the same size you should be alright unless one or two are worn a heck of a lot more then the other two. Even then damaging the T-case is iffy!
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Unread 01-07-2009, 06:58 PM   #6
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as long as they are the same size,i don't see a major problem.tire wear is something that i would assume would be considered by the engineers who designed the tc.now i would consider, if you have some really worn tires,changing all 4.
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Unread 01-07-2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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I keep my front tires at 36psi and my rears at 32psi so they are EXACTLY the same diameter.
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Unread 01-07-2009, 07:46 PM   #8
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never ever go to a stealership...all they want is your money and will conjure up crap to get it. Though it is true that if one tire is not of the same size then it will burn up the Viscous Coupler in your 249 tcase....that doesn't mean that you need a new tcase at all. I would say take a coin to all 4 tires and place it in between the threads and if they are roughly all the same then you are fine. It is a good practice though with that style of tcase to replace all 4 at a time....just not through the dealer...you can get tires much cheaper somewhere else too.
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for an awd t-case on a jeep, your allowed 3 3/32nds of tread difference before it starts to damage components and/or cause premature drivetrain wear.. (i work at Les Schwab here on the west coast) hope this helps
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How much is 3 3/32nds? Is that the same as 9/32nds?
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no, thats 6 32nds more haha, if you go to your local tire shop or even a stealership, they should have a "tread depth gauge) i have one, all it does is measure your tread depth, a "32nd" is the measurment, you could have anywhere from 2 32nds (the most worn out your tire can legaly be until cops can start writing tickets, also know as the penny measurment) to 24 32nds which is like a brand new mud tire, all of your tires should be atleast within 3 32nds of eachother..
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So I am the guy bumpin a four year old thread.... I am a student/ski bum who bought tires and wheels of craiglist after big o told me i cant just buy two tires for my Qd Zj. Even after i made the statement "thats fine sale me two and I will just drop the front drive line." So my question is can I do that will it save my transfer case?
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So I am the guy bumpin a four year old thread.... I am a student/ski bum who bought tires and wheels of craiglist after big o told me i cant just buy two tires for my Qd Zj. Even after i made the statement "thats fine sale me two and I will just drop the front drive line." So my question is can I do that will it save my transfer case?
it'll burn the one in your vehicle up even faster. you have the early version and it's not the same as the later one. the later one can be disconnected from the front. the early can not. you would also roll in park.

3/32" is the maximum tread depth difference allowed. and all tires must be the same BRAND, MODEL, and MARKED SIZE.
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So two summers ago my front driveline need to be rebuilt so I rolled around all summer with out it. never once rolled in park and when i put it back in the fall, never once had an issue. I work at a ski resort and four wheel still works great. With all due respect to your 19000 post but I don't think your right
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So two summers ago my front driveline need to be rebuilt so I rolled around all summer with out it. never once rolled in park and when i put it back in the fall, never once had an issue. I work at a ski resort and four wheel still works great. With all due respect to your 19000 post but I don't think your right
Needs a bit of a hill to roll, and it rolls slowly.

It wouldn't make 4wd not work, it makes the front locked all the time. So you get skipping in tight turns and heavy wear on front end components.

Its OK, you're new and don't know much about the unique problems these vehicles have over others.
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