Do new car tires go on the front or the back when you only need two?
September 15, 2009 8:03 PM Subscribe
Front-wheel drive car. Back tires worn and will be replaced. Front tires okay for now. Where should the new tires go?
posted by Opposite George to travel & transportation (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My dad just asked me to get the back tires replaced on his 1995 Hyundai Elantra. It's front-wheel drive, no ABS or traction control.
The back tires are worn evenly, but there's not much tread left. The front tires are worn evenly and still have plenty of meat. I don't know if he regularly rotates the tires, and can't ask him as he's away and hard to reach. I want to get this done before he gets back.
So, I'll ask the shop to replace the bad tires -- I have that much figured out. What I don't know is whether to ask them to put the wheels with the new, meatier tires on the front and move the current fronts back, or just to replace the tires on the back and be done with it. He lives in southeastern NY state, which means he gets ice and snow in the winter, if that makes a difference.
What do you all think?