New Tires On the Rear?
I recently bought 2 new tires and was told that I had to put them on the rear of the vehicle. I told them I wanted the tires installed on the front of the car. They told me that they would not do that. Then I was told that placing the new tires on the rear of the vehicle actually made my car safer to drive in wet weather, less likely to lose control in turns.
My car is front wheel drive. For the best steering, traction and braking the new tires should be on the front. Putting them on the rear goes against everything that I’ve known about tires and driving in the past 40 years.
What is your take on this? Is this one of those modern math deals?….
Well, I have to say that until about a year or two ago I was on your side of the fence too, but at a Michelin tire dealer meeting I learned different. There they told me that the new tires must be placed on the rear of the vehicle. Worn tires on the rear of a vehicle will allow the rear of the car to slide out in a turn during wet driving, due to hydroplaning.
Michelin tire released a video showing the difference when driving a vehicle with new tires on the rear against worn on the rear.
The front tires do nearly 90% of the braking and steering for the car under an anti-lock event. Where does this leaves us when it comes to ice and snow? Until then, the new tires go to the rear of the vehicle.