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OptsyEagle
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Sep 30, 2012, 4:37 PM

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I am going to replace the front tires on my 2004 Ford Escape. I am wondering if I should rotate the back tires that I replaced 2 years ago (In good shape with about 1/4" of thread left) to the front and put the new tires on the back. The car is a front wheel drive, 6 cylinder 3L Engine. Or would it be best to have the new tires on the front. I am in Canada and get a lot of ice, snow and freezing rain and in other times the weather can sometimes even get bad. lol.


Hammer Time
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Sep 30, 2012, 4:56 PM

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You will get some varying opinions on this but the general consensus is the new ones go on front but don't leave them there too long as it would have been better if those rear tires had spent some time on the front first.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 1, 2012, 3:03 AM

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This opinion will vary as HT just said. For a FWD for raw traction to get out of snowed in spot or up/down a slippery road fronts are needed or the best traction. When driving along for handling the rear play a huge role.

The real game is to have them all at same amount of wear and don't squeeze out the last legal tread life even if tires look OK they just don't cut it in extremes,

T



OptsyEagle
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Oct 1, 2012, 5:46 AM

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That is why I asked the question, since it seemed to me that there may be benefits to have them front or back. Probably control is the most important since if I can't get up a hill, I can always role back down and try it again. If you lose control, you may not get the second chance to do anything. I suppose, however, there is still some control benefits of having them on the front, for turning and swerving, but does that help a lot if my back comes spinning around on me.

The back tires are in really good shape and it would give them some rotational benefit if they were moved to the front. It's a tough question?


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Oct 1, 2012, 6:03 AM

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The starting point for the tires isn't really the big issue. The important thing is that the tires are moved periodically so they don't stay in any one position too long which is what the goal really is. Of course you need good tires on the front but the same ones shouldn't stay there too long so the rears need to be good also.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 1, 2012, 6:39 AM

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Yes - having them all good and rotating them around gets the most out of a set of tires. The front or back for the best changes to me anyway on a given run even locally during slippery conditions. Do you want to rear to slide out and become the front or side as in a 'fish tailing action' or if FWD you just stopped in some mess and just want to get moving again.

All the traction control crap, ABS in the world on a vehicle can't be any better than your traction between tire and surface. Some "wet" ice or the too common 'black ice' is so slippery you might as well be levitated over the road. That's when you just don't go out at all. I've seen it so bad that sanding trucks had to do it in reverse or they couldn't move!

Again - it will vary and the answer is all must be good and cared for to wear evenly. Thinking now myself for specifically snow plowing force/traction on full size pick up and it suks now with just 1/2 worn aggressive mud/snow tires all around. Huge bucks for 4 new ones so may just get tire chains for just the fronts which do 95% of the work in that particular case and type of use. Of course then a pain to remove them as you really can't go far or faster with those on which is why so many folks move SOUTH for WintersCool

T



Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 1, 2012, 7:04 AM

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Found the vid. This about sums it up.............

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC4XeMybmdA

Nothing works!

T







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