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Old 04-03-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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Tire replacement question

I just bought a Ridgeline with new rear tires but the front tires are almost worn out. Can I replace just the front tires on a RL? I remember that some shops would only replace all 4 at once when I had a 4x4 Chevy, but I don't want to waste the good rear tires.

Also what is the best price out there on RL tires? I have the original wheels on my 06 RTL.
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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Re: Tire replacement question

The Ridgeline is primarily a FWD vehicle, so I'd want the good tires on the front for handling reasons.

Ideally, yes, they should all be replaced as a set. But since the 4WD system is only part-time, you shouldn't have any problems with driveline binding as long as the circumference of the front & rear tires is reasonably close.

Run the new tires on the front wheels (don't rotate) until they wear down to about the same diameter as the rears, then start the usual rotation pattern per the owner's manual. Also make sure the alignment is correct -- if the previous owner only replaced 2 tires, that's an indication that the alignment could have been off.

I have Michelin LTX tires on mine, and I'd give them a "B" tending towards a "B-". Other tires I would consider are the Goodyear Fortera Tripletreds -- they're noisy, but have excellent dry & wet pavement traction (don't know about them off-road - maybe someone else does).

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Old 04-04-2010, 12:31 PM   #3
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It is recommended that even with a front wheel drive the rear wheels are the ones to be replaced with the newer tires. most tire manufactures recommend this. check with your repair facility.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:58 PM   #4
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Re: Tire replacement question

If the rears are new then just buy the same size for the fronts.
If the rears are slightly worn you may get away with two new tires but put the new ones in the rear and the "older ones" on the front. Ideally, you want four tires the same circumference.
If you ever buy tires in pairs you should always put the new tires on the rear axle, doesn't matter if it's a front, rear or all wheel drive vehicle.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:44 AM   #5
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:47 PM   #6
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I am considering buying tires from Costco Tire Center for my 2006 RTL. Costco carries the following:
Michelin - LTX A/T2
Michelin - LTX M/S
Michelin - Latitude Tour
Most of my driving is in the City but sometime in the forest (Boy Scouts a few times a year). OEM is the LTX M/S, but I am considering the Latitude for better mileage. Any thoughts? They are all within about $10 each in price from Costco.
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