Thanks It is a AWD but in the event of a puncture could I use 2WD til I got to a garage?On the 4x4 you need the same size tires or else you will damage your drivetrain.
On 2x4s it not damaging to the drivetrain but will affect the handling if the tires are different sizes.
There is only 1" difference in height between the two tires sizes you mention, so even if you put the spare on the frond the handling will not be affected too much.
I don't know what year or model you have, but North American spec 4x4 (AWD) Sprinters cannot have different sized tires and cannot be operated in a 2WD only mode. Well, they do have a 4x4 switch, which presumable does something, but even in 2WD mode MB says the Sprinter can not be flat towed or towed with the front lifted off the ground. It must be put on a flat deck. So it seems the front and rear axles are never truly entirely separated.Thanks It is a AWD but in the event of a puncture could I use 2WD til I got to a garage?
Ye agree totally. modify it is. Ta SeanWhile it’s definitely not recommended, you should and would be able to limp with the smaller tire. Unless you have limited slip differentials there’s no way that off sized tires would damage anything. Open differentials front, center, and rear allow all 4 wheels to turn at variable rates. It’s true that MB says not to flat tow automatic transmission Sprinters of any year and drive configuration, but that’s due to transmission overheating issues without the trans pump activated. The only issues you’d run into would be the van sitting wonky, and the ABS system screaming at you. That said, I’d modify your tire carrier and get a matched sized tire. It’s a lot better to be able to change out a flat and just keep going like nothing happened as opposed to having to immediately find a tire shop and putting a crimp in your plans.