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What Axle Should New Tyres Go On

For your vehicle to handle at its optimal best, all four tyres should be the same type and design, have the same tread depth and be inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications. However, this is not always what occurs. In instances where only a pair of tyres require replacement, which axle should the new tyres be fitted to?

The front tyres on your vehicle are responsible for acceleration (on a front wheel drive vehicle), steering and most of the braking forces. Therefore, they normally wear faster than the rear tyres. Due to this, it is imperative that all four tyres are rotated at the recommended regular intervals to ensure that your tyres wear at equal rates.

In instances where tyres are not rotated at regular intervals, it is inevitable that the front tyres will wear more rapidly than those at the rear. When this occurs, rear tyres can still have up to half the original tread depth remaining, whilst the front tyres are completely worn out and require replacing. This results in the need to purchase tyres in pairs, rather than in a set of four.
Whilst it’s common belief that since the front tyres have worn out first, the new tyres should be installed on the front axle - this is not the case. Placing new tyres on the front axle may provide some extra traction in wet and wintry conditions, but it can also pose as a danger.

Generally, it’s recommended that the new tyres be fitted to the rear axle, and the existing rear tyres be rotated to the front axle. Rear tyres assist the driver to maintain control on wet roads and help to resist aquaplaning. The newer the tyre, the deeper the tread and therefore, the more effective they will be in providing this function.

For further information on tyre replacement and fitting, consult with the experienced staff at your nearest BestDrive to ensure that your vehicle is driving and handling at its best.

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