If you need video evidence about why you should ALWAYS put your best two tires in the rear instead of up front, here you go.
With most cars on the road being FWD based, most people who shop for just a pair of tires oftentimes think that you should replace the ones up front first before the ones out back. After all, power goes to the front and that’s where you need grip, right? Well, you’re wrong! According to Bad Drivers of Napa Valley on his latest video he put up earlier yesterday (May 18, 2018) he shared how he got into his first spinout in 22 years partly his fault and partly the tire shop’s fault. Watch the entire video below to get the whole story. It’s only 1:26 long, anyways!
As he describes in his video, he only needed a pair of tires to presumably replace his two worn ones up front. But, by doing this, those tire mechanics left his half-worn tires still mounted in the rear. While the front tires have plenty of grip, in the slightest bit of moist conditions on a road, your rear tires will lose grip earlier than your front tires which will be magnified by the fact that your front tires are now gripping even more. The results are that you’ll spin out of control.
Now, while it’s partly the tire shops fault for not recommending to move those rear tires up front and mounting the new tires in the rear, it’s also partly this guy’s fault too. This should’ve been common knowledge by now that if you’re going to buy a pair of tires, mount the new ones in the rear.
Still not taking my word for it? Here’s Michelin’s official video getting into the nitty-gritty of it.
So, if you’ve forgotten to rotate your tires like you should and notice that your fronts are shot to heck, go ahead and get some fresh rubber on those two. But, when you mount them again, move the two rear tires up front and mount those two new tires out back.