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posted April 13, 2000 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TalonEclipseMontreal   Click Here to Email TalonEclipseMontreal     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Please help me out: I have a front-wheel drive with 4 all-season performance tires. Two are so worn they need to be replaced, but the other two can last another 2 or 3 years. I plan on buying 2 new tires to match the existing ones.
My question is: Should I put the new ones in the front or the back?
I read that it's recommended to put the new ones on the back. Can someone tell me why? Is this just a ploy to get you to need new tires sooner? Because I assume that whatever tires are in front will wear out faster than if they were in the back, right? In other words, will my "old" tires last longer if I put them in the back, as opposed to in front?
I appreciate knowledgeable advice.


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posted April 13, 2000 11:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I am not a tire expert, but I might be of some help to you.
From what you're saying, I think you can put the new tires in the front as the rear tires can last two to three years.
The main reason that the front tires wear out faster than the rear ones is because the front of vehicles is heavier than the rear.
In normal, not aggressive driving, you should not have any problem with putting new tires in the front. But if you were to drive aggressively, especially when cornering or on a wet road, the rear tires (not new ones) would have less traction--if all the tires are of the same quality--so that the rear tires may slide, which might lead to an accident.

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posted April 18, 2000 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nomase   Click Here to Email Nomase     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I would start by placing the new tires on the front. After that I would make sure that you use tire rotation around every 5000 miles. I assume your front tires are worn out. Like Charles said, the front of your car is heavier which adds pressure to the tire. Also, the Talon \ Eclipse vehicles are front wheel drive. You will find that the drive tires of a vehicle normally create faster wearing tires. The driving wheel creates larger abrasion forces when accelerating. The front load creates large abrasion forces when braking. The load shift you get during braking also adds more loading. Charles also had a good point on handling. Since the tires do have different levels of tread left. I would suggest keeping the old and new tires on seperate axle's. Lastly, I find that my new tires do not hydroplan as much (deeper tread). I suggest using them in the front for the spring since we have more rain.

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posted April 26, 2000 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sleffler   Click Here to Email sleffler     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
The new tires should definitely go on the rear of the car. You can read more about it at the FAQ on eTires.com.

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