Which Tyre Wear Faster – Front or Rear? Tips To Prevent Premature Wear
Published On 2021-05-31 04:37:18
Tyre wear is inevitable. Know which one wears faster and ways to slow down tyre wear.
Uneven wear of tyres is not unique. It is a common occurrence in a typical automotive world. So, what are the reasons for faster wear of front and rear tyre, and what are things you can do to avoid this unwanted scenario? Let’s find out in this article.
Why do tyres wear irregularly?
There are many reasons why it occurs, but the main one is both tyres perform different functions. For example, the front tyres shoulder the responsibilities of steering and pulling the car or shifting power to the road.
Typically, in a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the front end is heavier, while the rear ones are basically ‘free rolling’ tyres. It's a predictable case of a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
On the other hand, if you have a powerful rear-wheel-drive car, the rear tyre will be wearing out faster. This is because the drive or pulling wheels are on the back of the vehicle. But most cars come with a front-wheel-drive system, so generally speaking, front tyres wear faster than the rear ones.
In two-wheelers, the rear wheel is supposed to be the power wheel as it overcomes the inertia and pushes the entire vehicle forward. The driven wheel or the front wheel simply follows the motion. That is why bike tyre manufacturers go for bigger wheels at the rear as compared to the front.
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Different scenarios in right and left-hand driving
In countries like India and UK where people drive left, the front left tyre would be taking the most burden as compared to the tyre under the right front fender. Why? Because when you are turning right, the left front tyre is taking the bulk of the weight. In urban environments of these countries, the left front tyre is considered as the ‘working tyre’.
On the flip side, the situation is reversed in countries like the USA and Brazil where there is right-hand driving.
Tips you can follow to prevent early tyre wear
Eventually, wear and tear happen after a few years of driving. But how you can maintain or maximize the lifespan of your tyre?
Below are a few of the tips you can consider to avoid untimely wear:
Maintain proper pressure of tyres
Both, over and under-inflation can speed up tyre wear, reduce traction, decrease fuel economy and compromise steering control. So, tyre pressure should be maintained according to the recommended levels.
Regular tyre rotation
Rotating each tyre from its current position and mounting it on the opposite side in a criss-crossing way is a proven technique. For instance, replacing the driver’s side front wheel with the co-passenger’s one results in even wear and help them last longer.
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Proper wheel alignment
The term stands for adjusting the wheel angles in such a way that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. It reduces the chances of early wear.
Up to date suspension parts
Worn out or loose suspension parts such as shocks and struts cause fluctuation in wheel alignment. This causes the vehicle to bounce on the road, resulting in uneven tyre wear.
The tyres on either side will eventually wear out no matter how much you try. So, you should keep a regular check and make sure they stay in top condition.