TIRE REPLACEMENT, START WITH THE FRONT OR THE REAR?
The ring-shaped rubber around a car’s wheel rims plays a crucial role of holding a car’s weight, including the driver and its passengers. The tires help make a car move, maintain or change direction, and absorb vibration during in contact with the road’s surface.
No tires last forever. They need to be changed from time to time because their performance will be affected by use. But we know that new tires demand big investment. Is it possible to replace just one or two at a time?
The answer is, yes, and regardless of you driving a front or rear-wheel drive, you’ll want to prioritize your rear tires.
Rear tires give your vehicle stability. If there is something wrong with your rear tires, maybe a slip or a tire explodes, it will be exceedingly difficult for you to control your car.
The rear tires also need strong traction and grip. Without good grip, during a turn or when you go through a bend, your car may spin out and you end up in the opposite lane. When the rear swings out, this is called oversteer and is more difficult to control.
On the contrary, when there are problems with the front tires, you risk having an understeer – meaning your car will not turn as sharply as it should be. However, this is a safer driving condition and is easier for the driver to control the car.
Another trick is to change your tires’ pairing. If you notice a tire is worn out, pair it with the tire with the second-best tread depth.
To sum up, tires are ideally changed together, but this does not mean there is no way for you to go around the hefty budget of tire replacement. You can choose buying just a pair of tires and mount the rear ones first, or even replace only the most worn out.