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Old 07-28-2012, 02:20 AM   #1
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Hi all, I'm new and could really use some help. I have a 2004 Yukon Denali and had a blowout on the freeway two weeks ago. My insurance agreed to pay for the tire that was damaged (and all the damage to the vehicle as a result), but they won't pay for the other three tires to be replaced. Newer Yukon owner'* manuals state that all four tires should be replaced together to avoid breaking and handling concerns. Of course, my 2004 manual doesn't comment on it. My insurance will only follow manufacturer'* recommendations.

does anyone know of an official GM statement about replacing all 4 tires at the same time? I've had my local Chevy dealer recommend in writing that all 4 are replaced, as did the service shop that did the repairs. The insurance doesn't take those recommendations into consideration.

The front tires have 3-4/32nds left and the rear one (that wasn't replaced) has 7/32. The new tire has 11/32. I know that with such a difference in tread wear they will need to be replaced. I just want my insurance to pay if possible!

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Normally, insurance companies only replace/fix what was originally broken. Even in your case, 1 tire was damaged, they will only cover that 1 tire.

As always, manufacturers are going to recommend replacing 4 tires at once. Even if the factory tires only have 5 miles on them, and you need to replace one, they'll still tell you to replace all 4 of them. It'* a money marketing scheme between GM and the tire company.
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Thanks Mike. I'm actually having trouble getting GM to recommend changing all four. My insurance is willing to do it if GM will recommend it. I just can't find where GM recommends it for a 2004.
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If its not listed in the owners manual or GM isn't offering the info, I think you may be out of luck.
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It'* highly recommended to replace all 4 tires, mainly due to the stress that will be put on the driveline as it'* AWD. But with only a 5/32" difference I honestly don't think it'll be an issue. Just make sure you run it on the back so you don't get a tire pull due to the different tread depths on the front.
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i work for NTB and usually if you have a AWD vehicle we recommend that you replace all 4 if there is a 3/32nd difference in the new tire and all other tires due to the stress that it can put on the diffs and braking system so you may have to replace the other 3 on your own because the insurance will not pay for anything that wasnt caused by the accident
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I didn't think a 2004 Yukon was a true AWD vehicle. There is a difference between 4WD and AWD. But, as stated above by lordvader, you should replace all 4 on AWD vehicles. It can damage the differentials and transfer cases, as well has braking and handling concerns. But honestly, I've gotten a blow out on my 1997 Jeep and only replaced the one. Again, 4WD not AWD.

I also have to agree with Mike1995, they love to run schemes like that.

If insurance is the only concern here (making sure you get what you pay for) I would put the lowest thread on the back drivers side, as you usually make right turns slower.

Luck to ya!
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