Where to install two new tires
If you’re just replacing two tires, common sense would tell you that you want the best tires on the front wheels. That would give you the most tread for steering and stopping. But on a front wheel drive car, that may be the worst thing you can do.
Since front wheel drive cars carry the bulk of their weight on the front tires, it’s traction on the REAR tires that you have to worry about. When you go into a turn, centrifugal force tends to force the rear end into a spin out. It’s the tire tread that keep the traction on the road and fights back against this spin out. All tire manufacturers recommend placing newer tires on the rear wheels of a front wheel drive vehicle. In fact, many tire chains REFUSE to mount new tires on the front wheels. In this case, physics, trumps common sense.
© 2012 Rick Muscoplat