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Do you put the good tires on your vehicle on the front or the rear of the vehicle?
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Do you put the good tires on your vehicle on the front or the rear of the vehicle?

I think you should put them on the front because when you apply the brakes the weight is distributed to the front. Plus you don't want a blow out on the front tires and the rear tires just follow the vehicle. The manager at American Tire Store says the good tires should be on the rear?


matt p
Put them on the front. Your more likely to hydroplane with bald tires in the front then in then back.

I think you should, if you can't afford to get all three, put the good tires in the front of your vehicle. That way if you had to choose which tires blow out, I'd rather be able to control the front of my vehicle rather then the back, even though both can be dangerous.

i agree
but dont forget, better tires > better traction > better handling, and handling you definitely want to be in check up front

Always put the best tires on the steering axle.

Agreed, good tires on the front for the very reasons you already said. And it's obvious you get to be manager based on time, not knowledge. Ignore the "manager".

Depends on whether its a FWD or RWD vehicle. On FWD- I would put the newest tires on the front since that is the power wheels. On a RWD, I would put them on the rear so you can have better traction on the drive wheels. Unless the older tires are bald, they will work on the front. Otherwise, replace all 4 tires.


If you’re replacing only two tires, be sure to have the new tires installed on your vehicle’s rear axle. Here’s why:
New tires will provide better wet grip than your half-worn tires.
When new tires are installed on the rear, it helps reduce the potential for your vehicle to fishtail or hydroplane in wet conditions.
http://www.michelinman.com/tire-care/tire-saving-tips/replacement-questions/ (scroll to bottom of FAQ's)

Here's more proof from even more PROFESSIONALS:

If you replace only two, the new tires should generally go on the rear wheels, regardless of whether the vehicle is FWD, RWD, or AWD. It is important to maintain maximum traction at the rear wheels to ensure stability. Putting new tires on the front and nearly worn-out tires on the rear wheels of any vehicle is a recipe for instability. It is thus very important to avoid dramatic differences in tread wear, front-to-rear.
Source: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=434704

And more from real Professionals:
Article too long to copy/paste. Here's the link:

payton hunter 5-22-09
depends if your car is front wheel drive or rear wheel drive and how worn out the old tires are and the weather conditions

On the rear - for sure.
A blow out on the steering wheels can generally be controlled, but it's very difficult to steer the rear wheels in the event of a blowout.
The Firestone/Explorer debacle should convince anyone of this.

If you are concerned about a blow out then the best tires should be on the rear. Studies prove it is much easier to control a car when the failed tire is on the steering axle.

Ryan M
Always put the good tires on the rear. Weather or not it's FWD or RWD, It doesn't matter just put the ones on the back.

Kevin M
believe it or not michelin tire co.says you allways put new/better tires on rear of a fwd so you have more control in case of a slide ?? but i allways put them on front on a fwd or in rear on rwd cars for traction

and he is goofy new tires should always go on front even if the back tire are the ones bad you rotate them to front he was goofy

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