Tire Concerns: when replacing only 2 tires

Tire Concerns: when replacing only 2 tires

by Debbie
(Long Island, NY)

With front wheel drive vehicles, do you put the new tires in the front or rear.

My dealer put less thread tires in front, new in back. One of the front tires have a plug in it. Should I put the new ones in front?

Car is 2007 Toyota Solara Convertible.

Editorial Comment:

Test drives have demonstrated that when you replace only two tires on any vehicle, it is best to place the tires with the best tread on the back wheels.

It has nothing to do with the power transmission (ie the fact that the car is front or rear wheel drive) but rather the control of the vehicle if there is ever a problem with skidding, such as what can happen on a road covered with water.

The rule: If you only replace two tires, put the best tread on the rear wheels ... ALWAYS.


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