Should New Tires Be Installed in the Front or Rear in a Front-Wheel-Drive Car?

March 22nd, 2016

Tires don’t wear out at an even rate. This is why most mechanics recommend a tire rotation at least once a year. Typically, the front tires wear out first due to them bearing the additional weight of the driver and front passenger. This is even more so in a front-wheel-drive car where the front tires receive power directly from the engine. However, when the front tires are replaced, should the front axles get the new tires, or should you move the rear tires to the front with the rear getting the new tires? This has long been a debate in many auto forums, especially when it comes to tire replacement in a front-wheel-drive car.

The Argument for Moving the New Tires to the Rear

Typically, new tires always go to the rear regardless of whether your vehicle is a front, rear, or all-wheel-drive. This is especially relevant, though, for a front-wheel-drive vehicle. An estimated four out of five auto collisions involving FWD cars in the winter time occur as a result of a skid or spin-out in the rear wheels. This is usually attributed to worn tire treads.

Worn treads in the rear tires also leave the vehicle vulnerable to hydroplaning. Of course, hydroplaning can also occur with worn treads in the front tires, but in this scenario, you can easily slow the vehicle down by simply taking your foot off the gas pedal to maintain control (since the front wheels receive power from the engine).

Have Your Tires Looked At

Visit our auto repair center for a tire inspection. Our tire sales and service department will let you know if the tires need to be replaced or rotated. At Ace Auto Repair and Tire, we provide financing support to make all repairs and maintenance checks affordable. Being that winter is in full swing in Seattle, a tire replacement for your front-wheel-drive car is essential for safety if any of the tires are showing signs of tread wear.

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