Which tires wear faster: front or rear?

rear tire wear

In a perfect world, all four tires would always wear evenly. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If you’ve ever experienced uneven rear tire wear, you’re not alone! Uneven tire wear between front and rear tires is a very common occurrence.

Common Causes of Wear

In many cases, minimizing rear tire wear comes down to maintaining proper inflation, getting regular alignment checks, and keeping your right foot in check.

High wear on the rear tires is pretty typical on high powered coupes and sedans, including sedans. As all of the drivetrain forces are sent to the rear wheels, the rear tires transfer that power to the pavement during acceleration. And, of course, that push of power will wear down those rear tires over time.

With high-performance cars, you’ll typically see more wear as performance cars trend more toward oversteering, putting the rear axle “in play” more often during cornering and maneuvering. While this allows for better handling, it puts a disproportionate burden onto those rear tires.


Pro tip: Rotating your tires gives your mechanic a good opportunity to inspect each one for damage, check their air pressure and tread depth, and have them rebalanced if you’re noticing any issues with vibration or underinflation. Learn more about tire rotation.


At V&F

If you’re experiencing high rear tire wear, then inflation, alignment, or suspension issues are likely causes—and uneven tire wear can cost you hundreds in repairs, if not addressed quickly.

V&F Auto has been serving the Western Mass community since 1988. As a family-owned and operated business, we treat our customers like family. Whether you are using our free shuttle for car service, needing assistance getting a part on time, or searching for your next family vehicle, our team will go above and beyond to meet your needs. Call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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