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Originally posted by Krazeehorse:

I understand your response as it relates to the whole thread. But I just answered a specific question within the thread. Not sure why you singled this out.


We just had a multi-page thread on this very topic. And contrary to popular belief, the new tires go on the rear.

https://www.popularmechanics.c...s-debunked-10031440/
 
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Nope. Not in my world. New tires on the back are worthless if you can't get the car stopped because of the skins on the front.


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Nope. Not in my world. New tires on the back are worthless if you can't get the car stopped because of the skins on the front.


Don't blame me if you can't stop.



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So are you under the impression that the rear wheels are the predominant source of braking?


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It really depends on the tire.

Some tires will wear more than others, and need to be rotated as frequently as every 5K miles to prevent noise, scalloping of the edges or other undesirable wear. Other tread designs easily go 20K miles without showing appreciable wear. Check the manufacturers recommendation for the proper interval.

Is it necessary? Depends on how you look at it, and what you find acceptable. It really isn't any more necessary than changing your engine oil.

Oil should be changed at an appropriate interval determined by the manufactured based on testing in regards to various operating conditions, but depending on the quality of oil, filter, engine tolerances and other variables you might be able to drive for an amazing amount of time and distance without noticing issues.

The downside is that you may not get the full life and performance of the product and need to replace or repair more often.


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I had almost 40 years in the tire industry, there is no reason not to rotate, if you have the same size all around. I do it every other oil change, around 7000 miles.

It will add life to the tires, give you or the mechanic a chance to check brakes etc.


Are you still supposed to rotate tires from back to front if the front tires are worn more than the rear tires on a FWD car? I was advised to put the newest tires on the rear which seemed like it would negate any reason to rotate them.


As long as the wear is even, no alignment problem, I'd still rotate. If they're so worn that they will need replacement soon, just leave them and replace when you can.


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Half a century ago I worked nearly 5 years in a tire/alignment shop.

Based on that daily experience, my own answer is a resounding HELL YES!


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I rotate the tires on my wife's Subaru SUV about every 5,000 miles. My Corvette has directional tires with different sizes between front and rear.


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Nope. Not in my world. New tires on the back are worthless if you can't get the car stopped because of the skins on the front.


Every knowledgeable person will tell you that new tires go on the rear. Relative stopping power is not paramount. Other considerations are.

Stop spreading bad information.
 
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From my understanding, new tires go on rear. Hydroplaning rear tires are worse than hydroplaining front tires. So by being newer on rear, safer choice.

Better yet is to slow down in rain conditions.

My experience has also proven much better tire life and performance with rotations and balancing.


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Back to the original rotation vs replacement....

Rotate every oil change or 5K, tires are one of the largest expenditures you'll make on the vehicle, and watch air pressure, stay on top of it and you'll get better mileage.

Also good idea to get an alignment package from a reputable tire or alignment shop and check that every 6 months...



 
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Since I buy all my tires at Discount Tire, rotation and balance is done for free.
Yep. They've done all my vehicles for many years. And they are nationwide--I had a tire damaged out of state and it was replaced at a local (to there) DT.

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I get mine rotated and it seems to make them last longer.




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Easy, drive to a Discount Tire store near you, and ask them for their opinion, they will tell you about your particular circumstance.





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You not only need to rotate your tires. But you should rotate your shoes. You are suppose to not wear the same pair every day. Alternate them from day to day...even if it is the same shoes(get duplicate). It makes them last longer.


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In some cases rotating your shoes can make two pair last as much as twice as long as a single pair. All this time I have been alternating my boots just to make sure they dried and did not stink.
 
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And I rotate my tires one a year when I change over from summer to winter and back again. if the tires are wearing funny I would solve the underlying problem, but they don't. I must be lucky.
 
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Easy, drive to a Discount Tire store near you, and ask them for their opinion, they will tell you about your particular circumstance.
Even easier, get a copy of your owner's manual and see what the people who designed, engineered, and manufactured your vehicle recommend.



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And, since they're radials, changing them to the other side isn't advisable, either.


Wrong.
 
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