Re: What Is The Tread Depth On New Tyres?
Originally Posted by AndyMac
You should have the best tyres on the back because they are less likely to fail!
On front drive cars the rear tyres failing is a big issue. If a front tyre punctures or fails, you can still steer. If a back fails you slip and slid until you stop, usually on the other side of a hedge or in tree. Also with little weight over the back axle, better tyres make for better handling as the front end can be controlled with steering and more or less throttle. The backs just follow and have no real input!
I recently had a slow puncture repaired in a rear tyre and will rotate them as soon as possible now!
PS My GSD 3s came with about 7 mm or tread on the centre and about 6mm on the shoulders.
Certainly you are more likely to get a puncture as the read gets down on a rear tyre, but have never experienced much drama with a deflating rear tyre. On one occasion, driving a Vectra whilst in the UK, I toatlly destroed a tyre and whilst the tyre was self destructing, I hardly noticed it except for a very slight looseness in th erar. I have seen cars do major rollovers when the fronts fail.