Here’s a question for you.
Assuming your vehicle has the same sized tires on the front and on the rear, if you need only two tires, where should they be mounted? Tires don’t always wear equally, so it’s rather common to replace two at a time rather than to need all four.
Here are some guidelines.
First of all, you can have two different brands of tires on a vehicle, provided the same type of tires are on the front, and the other type are on the rear. But don’t ever put two different brands together on the front wheels, or on the rear. The two tires on the front of the vehicle need to work together, as do the two tires on the rear. So this is the first rule. If your tires are worn and you need just one, always buy two. A worn out tire on one side of the vehicle cannot work in tandem with a fully-treaded tire on the opposite side of the car, even though they are the same brand.
Here’s a hypothetical situation. You’ve hit a pothole, and blown out the right front tire on your car. And since the set of tires on your car have only about half the normal new tire tread depth remaining, you’re prepared to follow the rules and you’ve told your trusted mechanic to replace two, rather than one. But where should he mount them, on the front of the vehicle, or on the rear? There’s honest debate about this, and some experienced mechanics will even say it depends upon whether your vehicle is front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. They are wrong.
This is the second rule. Always mount the two new tires on the rear of your car.
The logic behind this rule is simple. If your best two tires are on the rear of the car, and the older, thinner tires are now on the front, when you’re driving on a slippery surface and you lose the front end of the car, you can hopefully brake and steer to regain control, because the rear of your vehicle has held the road. But if your best tires are on the front of the car with the lesser quality ones are on the rear, and you lose the rear end of the car in a turn or on that slippery surface, you’ll lose control of the car.
We encourage you to watch a video produced by Michelin that supports this argument. It can be viewed by clicking the link here.
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