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I have four Kal Tire Nokian all season tires that I use as summer tires and I changeover to winter tires in the fall. Recently I slowly backed into a sewer grate and one of the all season tires was punctured on the sidewall, making it not repairable. The other three all season tires currently have a 6-32 tread.

The question is, do I buy one new Nokian tire, creating an imbalance in tread, or a used tire with a similar tread to the existing tires? (It's not worth buying four new tires at this time since the existing tread on the three good tires is still has a few years of driving time).

I have been told that buying a new tire and creating a tread imbalance would create problems with the suspension. Is this true, or are there additional issues with three used and one new tire? I have found one used tire with similar tread in my tire size so I'm leaning toward that choice.
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IMHO, suspension will be fine while AWD will not. Ask Kal Tire if they can shave new tire off to same overall diameter, then you can just buy one.
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I didn't know tire shops can or will shave tread from new tires. I'll ask them.
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Also, if you shop at Costco, I believe they would replace all 4 tires for you for price of one if the car is AWD, happened to my friend with RAV4.
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I've decided to buy four new all season tires.

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Another option

Another option would be to buy only two, match the best two remaining tires as a pair both front or back between rotations, and maybe even keep the third as a spare.
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