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Old 12-05-2010, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have about 38K miles on our '09 4wd and are getting to the point we will need new tires. Seems like they wore quickly, but we rotated appropriately, proper inflation, etc., however the indicators are showing that two are ready and the other two are not far behind.

Does the 4WD Pilot need to have all 4 tires changed at once? Not that I am going to risk my family's safety, however I have been noticing more and more 'full time' 4WDs are requiring this so I was curious. Are there any suggestions for different brands with this size - stick with OEM or?? I have no complaints about the Goodyear Fortera's - but have had good luck with Bridgestones and Yokahama's on previous SUV's.

One more thing - I have never dealt with pressure monitors - anything I *should* be aware of when I do have the tires replaced?

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If it were me, and you followed the rotations correctly, I would replace all 4 tires.

TPMS should be no issue - make sure the tire dealer doesn't damage them upon removal and re-installation of the new rubber (aka 'bead' bar)
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The Michelin LTX M/S2's are another popular choice. I'd change all 4 if they need it. Especially if you change brands.

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Michelin and General Grabbers are rated highly here and at Tire Rack.
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The Michelin LTX M/S2's are another popular choice. I'd change all 4 if they need it. Especially if you change brands.
Unfortunately the well reviewed Michelin LTX M/S 2's are not yet available in the 2009-2011 Pilot size of 245/65-17.

The LTX M/S were OEM on the 2009 touring models. I am very pleased with the ride, perfromance and wear so far at 27000.

Four tires is the safest way to go when all tires are approaching 2/32-4/32 of available tread especially if operating in wet or snow conditions.

As mentioned a reputable installer should be able use the existing, operational TPMS without any need for a rebuild kit.
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If it were me, and you followed the rotations correctly, I would replace all 4 tires.
If you were me I might be worried, but you would to. But then if I was you......

All four at the same time if you can, if you can, do two now and two next month.

Michelin does have a rebate still ongoing and I would stick with that brand. You do sound disappointed by the 48k you got out of your current tires. My sense is that second gen Pilots wear tires out more quickly than first get Pilots.
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If you were me I might be worried, but you would to. But then if I was you......

All four at the same time if you can, if you can, do two now and two next month.

Michelin does have a rebate still ongoing and I would stick with that brand. You do sound disappointed by the 48k you got out of your current tires. My sense is that second gen Pilots wear tires out more quickly than first get Pilots.

I am a bit 'surprised' by the fact we really only got 38K miles (not 48K). Perhaps I am more surprise to realize we have put 38K miles on a car in under 2 years.

Again, I plan on replacing them all, I was just curious if there was a mandate from Honda on that.
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Again, I plan on replacing them all, I was just curious if there was a mandate from Honda on that.

"Officially" from your owners manual (page 504):

It is best to replace all four tires at the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, replace the two front tires or two rear tires as a pair. Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your vehicle’s handling.
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I got 22K on my 2010 with stock LTXs and they still look very new. These are a very good tire with excellent wear!
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I got about 38k with the Forteras with regular rotation at every oil change. I went with the Michelin Latitudes. They are the highest rated Michelin in our size. Better tread warranty than the LTX. If you need M&S traction go with LTX. I went this way based on the recommendation of the Michelin dealer. The Latitude has the better road manners-ride, noise, handling, mileage, tread wear. It's not an off road tire. They were hard to get with the rebate this fall, I had to have them ordered. I am very pleased so far.
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Sometimes manufacturers will lower the psi to help improve ride quality. Unfortunately the consumer ends up paying the price due to reduced longevity on those tires.
If you can handle the ride quality with a few extra psi, it'll definitely save you money in your wallet.
The GI tires are definitely not the greatest but I intend to get the most wear that I can. Who can afford to just dump tires with plenty of tread left on them.
Bottom line you be the judge of your own ride quality.
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I have an 09 EX-L FWD and replace all 4 tires at just over 36k.

After some research I selected the General Grabbers and have been very pleased with them over the last 5k miles.

I purchased them at Discount Tire for $129 per tire.

I did have the tire pressure monitors rebuilt at their suggestion which cost $7.50 per tire.

Installation was another $15 per tire plus $1 each for "environmental fee".

Total cost (without tax) was about $585, I would also suggest replacing all 4 as well.
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Any Bridgestone tires fora Pilot?


great commercial. Wish my piloy stopped that well
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I just replaced the crappy goodyears at 25000 miles on our 2010 model with a set of yokohoma geolander ats. I went with the 255/65 17s and while it is to soon to tell about the wear and fuel efficiency of the new tires, I will say that they are quieter than the goodyears. They seem to handle well on dry pavement and in the rain as well. I also tossed the joke of a spare tire and put a full size spare in place of it.
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Had Michelin LTX M/S on my old Tahoe... loved them. My sister had Pirelli Scorpions on her Grand Cherokee. Either are WAY better choices than the stupid Goodyears. Just bought my Pilot (last week) and I am already working on the wife to let me get new tires. Don't think it's gonna happen... Grrrr....
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