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#2990704 - 05/01/13 08:19 PM Which Axle should new tires be put on?
JasonTL Offline


Registered: 03/06/13
Posts: 83
Loc: Georgia, USA
Which axle should a pair of new tires be put on for:
2wd front drive
2wd rear drive
4wd
Awd

I'm just wondering in general. I'm going to be getting a full set so this won't be a concern for me. Just wondering which is better for certain vehicles or if they always go on a specific axle.
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#2990707 - 05/01/13 08:22 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
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Usually the rear.
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#2990709 - 05/01/13 08:23 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
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Registered: 11/13/07
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Generally, the best tread should be on the rear to avoid a spin out in wet conditions regardless of the drivetrain.

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#2990711 - 05/01/13 08:25 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
stephen9666 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
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Loc: USA
Perform search, multiple threads on this topic.


Long story short, tire manufacturers generally say best tires on the rear.

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#2990713 - 05/01/13 08:26 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
Corvette Owner Offline


Registered: 01/22/03
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Usually, they say the new tires should go on the rear. This is to prevent the rear from "coming around".

However, on FWD, I prefer to put them on the front since this wears them down the most. If they are GREATLY mismatched, I stop rotating them.

4WD and AWD tires should match each other closely. They should be replaced in all fours. This is to prevent wear of differentials and clutches.
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#2990714 - 05/01/13 08:30 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
edwardh1 Offline


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Michelin web site a few years ago had a video on what their choice is, and why - I cant remember- look it up. was a good video. I think they chose rear- could be wrong,
see video
http://www.michelinman.com/tires-101/buying-tires/how-to-choose/mixing-tires.page



Edited by edwardh1 (05/01/13 08:34 PM)

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#2990717 - 05/01/13 08:35 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 09/22/12
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Loc: Coldtown, Canada
Originally Posted By: Corvette Owner
Usually, they say the new tires should go on the rear. This is to prevent the rear from "coming around".

However, on FWD, I prefer to put them on the front since this wears them down the most. If they are GREATLY mismatched, I stop rotating them.

4WD and AWD tires should match each other closely. They should be replaced in all fours. This is to prevent wear of differentials and clutches.


^ This.

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#2990719 - 05/01/13 08:36 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
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#2990727 - 05/01/13 08:50 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
KitaCam Offline


Registered: 11/16/12
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Loc: SunnySouthFlorida
Originally Posted By: JasonTL
I'm going to be getting a full set


Drive gingerly for the 1st 100 miles...
The following is my standard procedure as my front tires always wear at the shoulders more than the rear pair does...and I run tires 20% higher PSI than the door jamb specifications and get even wear across the tread from outer shoulder to inner shoulder.

1. 1st rotation @ 5000 miles...
the front will start wearing more on the front outer shoulders because of turns...wear increases more after 5k
2. after another 5k miles the 2 pair should now be about equal...
run them for another 5k miles and the front will now show more wear than the rear...
3. 2nd rotation @ 15000 miles
4. rotate every 5k miles beyond 15k miles to get the most tread-life from your tires.


Edited by KitaCam (05/01/13 08:56 PM)
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#2991330 - 05/02/13 01:20 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
threeputtpar Offline


Registered: 08/04/11
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Loc: Appleton, WI
Originally Posted By: JasonTL
Which axle should a pair of new tires be put on for:


Since the lawyers got involved in the question, the only correct answer is the rear.

But for those that actually know how to drive a car, it depends. For foul weather, I'd put the good ones up front because it's better to be able to turn and stop than making sure the back end doesn't come around. If you live in a nice climate, there may be an argument for either axle where each has its own reasons.


Edited by threeputtpar (05/02/13 01:21 PM)
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#2991532 - 05/02/13 04:59 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: threeputtpar]
ChrisW Offline


Registered: 11/04/03
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Loc: Central Valley, CA
Originally Posted By: threeputtpar
Originally Posted By: JasonTL
Which axle should a pair of new tires be put on for:


Since the lawyers got involved in the question, the only correct answer is the rear.

But for those that actually know how to drive a car, it depends. For foul weather, I'd put the good ones up front because it's better to be able to turn and stop than making sure the back end doesn't come around. If you live in a nice climate, there may be an argument for either axle where each has its own reasons.


FWD drive cars are more difficult to correct when over-steer occurs than a RWD car in my opinion [this is from a performance driving perspective]. With that aside, at my work, we put on the tires with the most tread on the rear, however, if the existing tires are within 2/32 of the new, we can put the new on front at request, but it is preferable to have the most tread on the rear for AWD/FWD/RWD. Proper rotation intervals and inflation will go a long way in keeping the tread wear even between the front and rear. And of course without saying the vehicle's alignment; just because it's all green does not mean it is good. Staggered tire fitments, well, that's a whole different animal.
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#2991570 - 05/02/13 05:54 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: threeputtpar]
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Registered: 10/23/09
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: threeputtpar
Originally Posted By: JasonTL
Which axle should a pair of new tires be put on for:


Since the lawyers got involved in the question, the only correct answer is the rear.

But for those that actually know how to drive a car, it depends. For foul weather, I'd put the good ones up front because it's better to be able to turn and stop than making sure the back end doesn't come around. If you live in a nice climate, there may be an argument for either axle where each has its own reasons.


This. The always put the new tires on the rear is a result of lawyers and a (fivrolous) lawsuit.

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#2992072 - 05/03/13 08:31 AM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: mechanicx]
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 2441
Loc: Somewhere in the US
Originally Posted By: mechanicx
This. The always put the new tires on the rear is a result of lawyers and a (fivrolous) lawsuit.


But it should also be pointed out that there is a technical basis for such a stance - and there is a ream of data supporting the "New Tires on the Rear" position, but very little (if anything) supporting contrary positions.
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#2992105 - 05/03/13 09:24 AM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
cchase Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 3971
Loc: New England
Shouldn't stability control, now mandated on vehicles, negate any possible advantage of putting the "good" tires on the back? It seems to me that the "back coming around" should be fairly difficult, but the chances of the front needing more traction fairly common.

Just thinking aloud here.

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#2992545 - 05/03/13 07:18 PM Re: Which Axle should new tires be put on? [Re: JasonTL]
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Registered: 12/02/02
Posts: 6059
Loc: Washington St.
Stability control only works if the tires being controlled have traction.
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