Steering, traction, and engine weight wear the front tires about 4 times as fast of the rears.
And with no rotation and/or bad wheel alignment, they'll wear out even faster, so there are times when you only need to buy two tires. While all-wheel drive vehicles need special considerations, for most cars, vans, SUV's and trucks, as long as the tires are the same type, rating, and size, there's no reason you shouldn't replace just 2 tires.
And it sounds reasonable that you'd want to put the new tires on the front of your front-wheel-drive? Except this is a big no-no!
Vehicles hydroplane when the tires can't evacuate enough standing water. This allows them to literally "float" above the road's surface. So if the worst tires are on the rear, hydroplaning can cause the vehicle to oversteer, or spin out, which even for the most skilled driver is hard to control on a front-wheel-drive.
I experienced this first-hand at Continental's test track in Uvalde, Texas, driving around a circular track with two new tires on the front of a Honda Accord. 10 years later, I still remember the helplessness of a rear-wheel spin-out., glad I was on a test track and not the I-95 exit ramp on a rainy day!
So there is no "even if" or "but" to this one, because we all agree that whether you drive a front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive car, truck, or SUV, the new tires always go on the rear. For more, watch this explainer video from Michelin...
I recommend rotating your tires every 5-7,500 miles to keep them worn evenly. Small differences in tread depths won't have much impact on handling and your tires will last longer.
For questions and concerns about replacing 1,2,3, or 4 tires, let me know.
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