Tire rotation has been neglected on the car since they were purchased
about 2-3 years ago. The front tires are worn down but the rear tires
are fine. Would it be ok to rotate the rear to the front and front to
rear since being FWD the front takes the most wear? or would that be a
Depends on how worn down they are. Do the tires still have enough tread to
pass a safety inspection? Then sure. If not, they're not safe front or
Me, I don't rotate my tires either. When I get a new pair they go on the
front, what's on the front goes to the rear and what on the rear isn't worth
saving and get disposed of.
The tires in the front aren't super worn down but the tread is
noticeably less than the rear.
I'm still iffy on what to do especially with Elmo's info...I'm leaning
more towards just getting two new front tires, for safety reasons
How much tread is there on the fronts anyway? You may be worried about
Place a penny in the tread with the top of Lincoln's head pointing into the
tread. Check at various places, and see how much of Lincoln's head shows.
Does the tread come up to the top of his hair? The top of his forehead? His
eyebrows? The end of his nose?
Sorry for the delay. Gave both rear and front the penny test. Front
are pretty bad shape and need to be replaced, the tread reaches the
top of Abe's head. The rear tires tread goes to about his brow. Going
to get two new tires either today or tomorrow. So from what I read
these should go on the rear when I buy them?
Correct. The ones currently on the rear will be moved to the front.
Your current rears are in pretty good shape, actually. You have
approximately 1/4" (or about 8/32") of tread.
If I were you, I'd rotate your tires front-for-rear until the old ones are
down to maybe 4/32". This will give the new tires a proper start.
It's a BAD idea according to any magazine article, Click & Clack episode,
race car driver, or competent mechanic I've ever spoken to.
People think the good tires should naturally go on the front, since the
front does most of the work, but people are wrong.
Those rear tires are supposed to hold the rear of the car from swinging
around forwards during turns or in slippery weather. It swings, you spin
out of control. And most likely crash.
If the FRONT slides, all you do is keep going the way you were going, just
unable to stop in as short a distance as you think you should. You'll be
very quick to discover how little traction your fronts have and adjust your
This is why if you purchase only two new tires, they go on the REAR.
To put your quote another way, the rear of the car is OVERsteering
(going past) the front.
OVERsteer is very bad for a road-going car, which is why road cars are
invariably set up to UNDERsteer (plow straight ahead under heavy braking).
Then you were OVERtyping; your hands went past your brain.
Now if you were UNDERtyping, you'd never get anything done, since you'd
forget what you wanted to type by the time your hands got around to typing
You wouldn't ask this question if you thought this was a good idea.
You're just looking for someone to justify your being cheap. No, it's
not OK. Your tires are shot. Replace them. Put the new ones onto the
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