Replacing Less than Four Tires

Ideally, with proper tire rotation and routine maintenance, all four tires should wear evenly. However, if you do not rotate your tires regularly on a front wheel drive vehicle, it is common for the front two tires to wear out faster than the rear. While it is best to replace all four at the same time, in situations where this is not an option, consider the guidelines below:

  • Be sure to match the size, construction, and tire type of the older tires as closely as possible
  • If you are not in the market for four tires, we recommend purchasing no less than two
  • The two new tires should always be installed on the rear axle of any vehicle. If you are only replacing one tire, select the older tire with the deepest tread and install it along with the new tire on the rear axle
  • Front Versus Rear Axle

    When installing two new tires, you might wonder which axel they should be installed on—the answers is always on the rear. 

    New tires have deeper tread grooves, which in turn provides more traction and hydroplaning resistance. By installing new tires on the rear axle, you gain better control of your vehicle, even if your front tires are worn. Conversely, if you mount your new tires on the front axel, your vehicle is prone to lose its grip on wet roads, which could lead to the rear end of your vehicle swinging around, out of control.
  • Note:
    In some cases, the vehicle manufacturer may specifically advise against replacing less than all four tires. Always check and follow the recommendations in your vehicle's owner's manual. For all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles, even small differences in outside diameter may cause drivetrain damage or mechanical malfunction.
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