is it posible different wheel thread type in a 4wd vito w639 to cause problems in differentials?

George Dandoulakis

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hi, I am owner of a Vito w639 cdi116 4x4 2012, ready to change tyres. I know that I cannot put different profiles in front and rear due to 4x4, but my question is if I can use the same profile 205/65/16 but different thread, like summer tyres in the front and four season tyre in the back, so I can have better traction if needed in mud or off road terrens, and also good bracking and steering in the front in regular asphalt roads. I drive the car in the island of Crete in Greece, where we have 9 months temperatures 18C-35C and 3 months 0-18C. Is it possible that the 4wd system will be damaged if the tyres will not have the same thread in front and rear?
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Just need the same overall diameter. Having a more grippy tyre in the rear axle is fine (and much better than having better grip on the front)
Different tread and compounds front and rear won’t be a problem
 
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thanks for the reply.
I am thinking to use continental vancontact 200 summer tyre in the front, for better braking, and vancontact 4season in the rear for better grip if i need to move off road or snow, all of them 205-65-16
 

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Put a tape measure around the circumference of the tread. If all tyres are with 5% then no problem.
 

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thanks for the reply.
I am thinking to use continental vancontact 200 summer tyre in the front, for better braking, and vancontact 4season in the rear for better grip if i need to move off road or snow, all of them 205-65-16

Whilst I undertand why you want to do this, be careful - you will likely have less traction on the back during braking (and turning) on the road, and could easily find the back of your van in front of you!
 
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