Topic:Two new tire mounitg policy
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Pete2sail2I need two new tires mounted on the front of my 1991 Mercury Sable. Is there any reason why I cannot have these tires mounted on the front. Some tire dealers have an inflexible policy of only mounting the two new tires on the rear. does anyone know the reason for this or is this just an arbitrary policy.
Thanks for your help anyone. Pete2sail2
donfromnaplesWell, front wheel drive vehicles will definitely wear the front tires out first. This is where most people replace their tires on front wheel drive cars - change out the two up front for two new ones. I agree with this from the standpoint of maximum traction in acceleration, cornering and braking most importantly. Rear wheel drive vehicles would obviously have the opposite dilema. No tire dealer should refuse to put two new tires on the front of your Sable if that is what you want. I would love to hear their rationale besides how older tires can crack, lose their flexibility and grip, etc... This is why most experts say it is best to buy four new tires at once, but in your case I would put the two new ones up front.
Sunglasses_at_nite If new tires are put on the front their extra traction,mostly in the rain, will make the car have oversteer tendencies.All cars are setup to understeer because manufactures have found its safer for drivers to slide into the object they are trying to avoid rather than have the back end of the car slide around and and try to pass the front end. The retailers are not going to leave themselves open for a lawsuit by mounting your new tires on the front. I agree that the best thing to do is mount four new tires on the car and rotate them so they all wear out at the same time.
Eric KGiven that your tires front are worn out now:

1) Rotate your worn out front tires to the back. Make sure you use jack stands when rotating the tires. You may be able to go few more mile this way.

2) Get the new tires mounted on the back.

3)Then if you want you can rotate the new tires from the back to the front.

Eric K

davidSunglasses-at-night is exactly right. While sometimes hard to manage through rotation practices - you want to try and maintain the tires with more tread depth on the rear of the vehicle for all the reasons outlined in the response. I am actually amazed that a tire retailer is heading you in this direction - typically & traditionally tire dealers wanted to always put the better of two tires on the front of a FWD vehicle due to the belief - like one of the other post's referenced, that more traction was better. In reality you want the maximum traction level of the lowest tread depth tire on a vehicle to avoid problems.

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