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Old 11-30-2011, 01:14 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Maybe 1 year ago I changed the front two tires of my Honda Accord 2008. Now, it is time to change the rear tires. Should I just purchase 2 rear tires and install them in the rear side OR should I remove the front tires and put them in rear and then put the NEW tires in the front?

I am asking it because most of the weight of the car is on the front due to engine and it might be good idea that if the front tires are NEW.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:23 PM
Location: Central Texas
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If you install the new tires on the front, and move the previously replaced tires to the rear - there is a good chance that the four of them will be about due for replacement at the same time.

If you install the new ones on the rear, the fronts will probably need replacement next and you'll buy two (again). Depending on the tire quality you buy - the new rears could last a long time.

It is really your choice.

I generally do not rotate my tires. I am perfectly happy with uneven front/rear wear and like spending half as much money each time to replace tires.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:32 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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Depends on where you live, OP. If you live where there is snow and or heavy rain, you are probably better off with the deeper tread of the new tires on the rear. If not, and this is just my approach, keep in mind I live in a desert area, and don't drive in heavy traffic, and am pretty experienced - I would put the new tires on the front, but once they wore down to be even with the rears, I would start rotating them. Be aware if you have deeper tread on the front of the car that it will have a tendency to break the rear wheels loose first under heavy braking in rain or snow, (which is a good way to initiate a spin) so manage this risk intellegently. For me when there is no snow on the ground around here, what rain we get is seldom enough for tread depth to make a significant difference in traction, and in my rural driving environment the imperative to brake hard and stay in my own lane does not come up much, compared to say Atlanta, GA when it's raining and you run up into a jam on the interstate - there I would put the deeper tread on the rear axle...

I do my own tire rotations, while I have the tires off the car I take a good hard look at each brake assembly. For the cars I drive in winter, I have a set of dedicated snows on their own wheels, so when the summer or all-season tires come off, it's not that much extra effort to put them back on the car rotated (I mark each tire with a tire crayon on the tread with the position it was in when on the car - RR, RF, LR, LF - like that - and put them back on per rotation pattern for FWD, RWD, or AWD.
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