Where to Install New Pairs of Tires

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It’s best to replace all four tires at once, but sometimes it’s necessary to replace just two of your tires. In these cases, your new tires should be installed on the rear of your vehicle. Tires Plus can help you navigate your new tire purchase and installation to ensure that you have maximum control of your vehicle and stay safe on the road.

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Once the proper tire for the vehicle has been selected, the best practice is to replace all four tires at the same time. In fact, on certain all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles, the vehicle manufacturers require all four tires to be replaced so the drivetrains are not damaged.

Regardless of the type of vehicle, replacing all four tires at the same time and then maintaining the inflation pressure with regular rotation maximizes tire performance and tread life. However, when drivers fail to maintain or rotate their tires, the tire on one axle may need to be replaced before those on the other axle. If a consumer is replacing only one tire, they should be advised that the new tire should be mounted on the rear and paired with the tire having the most remaining tread depth.

While the best practice is to replace all four tires, the most important thing to remember is that when replacing only two tires you should be advised that the new tires should be installed on the rear of the vehicle. If the new tires are installed on the front axle with worn tires on the rear, then the vehicle may be more likely to lose control when turning in wet or slippery conditions. While the front tires with the deepest tread depth grip the road, the rear tires cannot grip at the same level so the possibility of an oversteer condition may increase as the vehicle turns or changes lanes. When the same vehicle approaches the same curve at the same speed with the deeper tread depth tires on the rear and the worn tires on the front you may be able to feel the loss of control in the steering wheel and then make the necessary adjustments to speed and steering. Since the deeper tread depth tires on the rear are gripping better than the worn front tires the back of the vehicle does not lose control as it turns.

The same is true for winter and studded tire installation. When winter or studded tires are only applied to the front axle of a vehicle, the chances of losing control when turning in wet or snowy conditions may significantly increase. Winter tires are best applied to all vehicle positions. If winter tires applied to the front axle of any vehicle they must also be installed on the rear.

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