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#4571961 - 11/12/17 03:45 PM New tires best in front or rear?
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I've heard both points of view. Some say if replacing only two tires that the new ones should be in the front for a front wheel drive car for better traction. Others have said the new tires should be in the rear to reduce fishtailing on wet or icy roads. What is the consensus here?

Tom NJ/VA

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#4571963 - 11/12/17 03:47 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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the rear

but if you're using winter tires, you must use them in sets of four smile

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#4571964 - 11/12/17 03:47 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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For wet weather, i'd want the better tires on the front.
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#4571965 - 11/12/17 03:48 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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On the back. It's far easier for novice drivers to control and mitigate understeer than it is oversteer regardless of fwd, and, or rwd.
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#4571966 - 11/12/17 03:49 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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Discount Tire has this in their FAQ:

"Replacing Two Tires

We recommend that you replace all four tires at the same time. However, we understand that sometimes you may have to replace only two tires at a time.

If you’re only replacing two tires, we recommend mounting the new tires on the rear axle, which adds traction and increased overall safety to your vehicle. Your car can better resist hydroplaning with new rear tires, even if the front tires are worn. If the front tires hydroplane, the vehicle will travel in a straight line and you can safely maintain control. While you steer, the unworn rear tires will help stabilize the rear of the vehicle.

Placing your new tires on the front of the vehicle creates a less manageable driving situation. When worn rear tires lose grip on wet roads and hydroplane, the vehicle’s rear end can swing out of control. Steering or breaking will not stop the rear end from fishtailing, which could result in a total loss of vehicle control."
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#4571970 - 11/12/17 03:51 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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This comes up all the time and I think it's been settled that it should go on the rear for handling purposes. Less thread on the rear means the car is more likely to fishtail and most people don't know how to handle that. Worn tires on the front gives you more notice that the handling is starting to degrade.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=52

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#4571974 - 11/12/17 03:58 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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#4571975 - 11/12/17 03:59 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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I always put mine in the rear in case the front alignment is not perfect.

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#4571976 - 11/12/17 04:00 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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If it rains where you live, on the rear is best.

It doesn't really rain here, so my Camry has it's best pair on the front.
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#4571988 - 11/12/17 04:10 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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If your rears are at or above 5/32 stick 'em in front of your FWD sedan, or you'll never even things out.

The goal is to get to where you buy 4 new tires simultaneously.

You didn't mention what sort of car, and this is one of those questions that border on trolling.

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#4571992 - 11/12/17 04:17 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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Rear
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#4571994 - 11/12/17 04:19 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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Rear, like the experts say.

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#4572017 - 11/12/17 04:43 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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Thanks all. The car is a 2008 Nissan Altima. I prefer to replace all four tires at the same time, but on this car I lost two tires at half life due to bad shocks so my tire replacement got out of order. I now have two tires with low tread at 44,000 miles and two with good tread at 22,000 miles, so I am looking to just replace the two bad ones. Since the car is approaching 10 years old I will be buying a new one within a couple of years and may never need to replace the two currently good tires.

Tom NJ/VA

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#4572020 - 11/12/17 04:49 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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Do you know what tires you will buy?

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#4572029 - 11/12/17 05:01 PM Re: New tires best in front or rear? [Re: Tom NJ]
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Originally Posted By: Tom NJ
I've heard both points of view. Some say if replacing only two tires that the new ones should be in the front for a front wheel drive car for better traction. Others have said the new tires should be in the rear to reduce fishtailing on wet or icy roads. What is the consensus here?

Tom NJ/VA


Consensus ... Tom, what are you thinking ...

OK, you are not a "novice" driver. If you've been around much, you have been in snow skids, etc. So the question is "do you like to go sideways?". I do, so the good tires always go on the front so I have maximum breaking and steering control. If it's FWD, that's even better as you can drive out of slippery conditions.

Until the lawyers got involved (1980's ...), we always put the best tires on the traction axle. Now, other points of view have emerged. But, if you know how to drive (including skid control & sliding), you put the tires where they will do you the most good smile
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