Tyres are responsible for keeping vehicles moving smoothly and safely. Although proper cleaning and maintenance and peaceful driving style maximize their performance, there comes a time when replacement is the only option you are left.
As all four pieces are working together simultaneously and experiencing similar road conditions, practically they should show the same level of damage. The real picture is entirely different. Upon inspecting all four pieces, you might be surprised after noticing a visible difference in the degree of wear between front and rear wheels.
Auto experts often suggest a replacement for the back pair of tires as they are not controlled by steering unless a vehicle is a rear drive. As back wheels are not connected to the steering, their replacement doesn’t alter the driving experience. Changing tyres ultimately depends on the degree of damage.
Here I am sharing few essential things you must know about replacement and car tyre fitting for both front and rear tire sets.
Change all four in case of excessive damage
As I have already mentioned, auto owners should avoid changing the front pair of rubbers. However, if changing this set becomes inevitable, they should move rear set to the front to keep new pieces at the back. Carefully observe all four pieces of excessive wear and tear to replace all four if it’s required.
Use tires with same tread design
Perhaps only a single piece is worn out or damaged due to an accident; you will have to be extra careful while replacing that damaged item. Don’t mix different kinds of tyres like diagonal ply (Crossply), bias-belted and radial. It’s actually against the laws to use various patterns on the same axel. It’s only allowed in case of emergencies when spare piece with same structural configuration is not available.
Replace rear wheel in case of damage
Back wheels play a crucial role in braking and provide excellent grip on the roads; it’s essential to keep them in good form. A worn out rubber will be unable to deliver satisfactory handling and control during driving and to turn on the tight bends and emergency braking on wet surfaces. Vehicle safety is the reason for keeping rear pair always in excellent condition.
Select tires of the same size
If you own a regular car or a 4WD, always select identical pieces with same, size, make, tread pattern and load index. Prefer maintaining this similarity for all kinds of automobiles, instead of those who are originally fitted with different size Falken tires on the front and rear axles.
How changing wheels will affect the performance?
If a front pair of rubber is replaced, it will change the characteristics of vehicle handling. You may start facing over steer (situation when rear tyres lose grip before front). Loss of grip will also cause difficulty to control on slippery roads. In contrast to that if you install new tires on the back axle, you will not feel a significant difference in handling due to understeering (when front tyres lose grip earlier).
Conclusion: Whether you replacing all four or a pair from front and back wheels, remember the basics of car tyre fitting to do it accurately