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Re: 2006 Ford Explorer XLT, 4X4, V6, Tow pkg. (Tires are Michelin P235-70R16 Cross Trainer) Existing tires have 16,000 mi. with even wear. One tire (FR) needs to be replaced. Three shops have indicated that the amount of tread a new tire will add (approx. 1/4") as compared to the tread remaining on the three existing tires is significant enough to throw off the computer controlled sensing systems. This vehicle has low pressure band sensors attached to its wheel rims. Their recommendation, given existing tread measurement guidelines, was to replace all four tires. The dealer, of course, indicated that possibly only two may need replacing. Could you please shed some unbiased information on this subject. It seems bogus that the need to replace all four tires or two is dictated by the failure of only one tire.

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Jeanne. The difference in tire diameter should not affect the vehicles ABS or traction control but if the new tire is placed on the front of the vehicle can caused the vehicle to pull or drift to one side when driving. It would be best to replace 2 tires and place them both on the front or rear of the vehicle then save the 1 good tire you are replacing in case you damage another tire. For more great tire care and maintenance articles go here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/tiretech.jsp

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