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Tire shop insist on mounting "best" tires on the rear. Where would you rather have a potential blow out ? On the steering front, or on the rear? You cant reason with idiots or kids. I've taught auto shop for 21 years and tried to educate them ,to no result. I'm done buying tires from Costco, 4 day tire Co can match them in price and will put the tires where you want them. Bye bye Costco.


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Nov 29, 2011 7:35 am EST

Wow. All this because of where the tires were mounted. If your not happy, your teach shop, move the stupid things.

Sep 22, 2010 12:20 pm EDT

Ok let's resolve this BS. In dry climate as in Bakersfield you want the best tires on the front . In rain climate on the rear. So some of you are right and the shop teacher is right too because he's in Bakersfield where it never rains.
Slandering the shop teacher is from those of you that flunked out and dislikes any one smarter than you that would prob be everyone.
If you work at costco you are not experienced at anything, or you would have a decent job.

Sep 22, 2010 12:06 pm EDT

I feel some of you are missing the point. It's not if he's right
or wrong about placement. It's his money and his right to have
his tires placed where he wants them. He didn't like big brother
telling him how to run his business, so he went some place else
that's also a Mitchlen dealer that is not bound by that BS. That's
all he's saying. They are you're tires and you should be able to
have them where you want.

Dec 16, 2009 10:08 am EST

OK, OK, OK here is how it is plain and simple. I work with the Utah highway patrol in R+D. needless to say we know winter driving. under steer is much more manageable than over steer (fish tailing). Its progressive and you can take the proper steps to counteract it. over steer however is dangerous and any one this side of rally racing would have a hard time controlling it. Most people over correct sending them completely out of control. As for blowouts, if you replace your tires every 5 to 7 years a sudden blow out due to age is negated. Then the only other causes are puncture and/or running the tire low, well this can happen on any tire so the point is mute. Now tractors, how many tires do they have on the rear? Its a traction and stability issue. Tractors have more than enough traction in the rear so they are exempt from this topic. Cars and light trucks do not have the same physics. Costco will still mount new tires on the front of a dually for this same reason. Having better tread on the front will just get you to dangerous speeds faster and let your front end make a promise your back end cant keep. I cannot tell you how many wrecks i have come across (some very catastrophic ) with the primary cause being a spinout due to low rear tread depth. people love to quote a twenty year knowledge, well alot of things change in twenty years. Like abs/traction devices and a better knowledge of tire lifespan.
remember smoking used to be good for your health too you know .

Sep 01, 2009 9:37 pm EDT

Regardless of whatever conspiracy theories the original poster has, and as stated, Costco is required to install two new tires per their agreement with Michelin. Doing otherwise would violate their merchant agreement and subject them to fine or breach of contract. You need not look any further than the previous posts from other users to understand why, but it seems as if the original posters is stubborn and set in his ways.

Furthermore, Costco WILL NOT rotate tires if your current rear tires have more tread than the current front tires. Not only would it benefit him to understand the company's policies before posting, but maybe it would benefit the children he's been teaching for 21 years. God knows what those students are out there doing now.

Jul 06, 2009 2:42 pm EDT

Common sense would tell one to put new tires on thr rear, since fish-tailing the worse consequence of a blow out...since most cars have power steering, it would be easier to control a car with a blown front tire...the main problem with a blown front tire is at the instant it bursts, if you happened to have no hands on the steering wheel and the car suddenly lurched to the right or left into an incoming kep two hands on the wheel and drive to "freedom", which means to always try to keep your car clear on other traffic on the sides - as much as possible..

Jun 13, 2009 10:42 am EDT

A lie, told often enough, gains believers. It is still a lie.

The tire companies want new tires rear-mounted to increase the wear rate of the old tires. They'll sell more tires this way. The shops just collude with them to make a little more money in the long run. The safety argument is just their phoney excuse for squeezing customers. If it were really a liability issue, they would just make you pick the spot you wanted and sign a waiver. They don't have any trouble putting the better tread in front when they rotate the tires, do they?

The safety question comes down to whether the driver can better manage oversteer or understeer during an incident. It is also vehicle-dependent as most cars are more prone to one or the other. The vehicle owner is in a far better position to judge this than a rubber jockey at Costco. I learned to drive in a Volkswagon and spent many happy hours racing around counting on a good rear wheel slide. Understeer, on the other hand, is useless. That Michelin movie is all Hollywood.

I've bought 36 tires at Costco over the years for my family and my company. I've just bought my last two.

May 22, 2009 8:09 pm EDT

Oh my god what a ###. I work for costco Tire and the reason we put tires on the rear is because of michelins guide lines state that the new tires if it is only a pair go on the rear. All tire manufacturers recommend this. How does this guy have 21 years of auto mechanic experience and not keep up with this. True idiot. I always make a point to humiliate people like that at the store.

Jan 29, 2009 10:58 pm EST

Fed law states you must replace a front tire that has went flat on diesel tractor trucks. It is illegal to patch or plug the front tire of a commercial diesel truck, they are repaired and placed in the rear or used for trailers.
Why? Because a blowout in the front tire is bad juju.
Put the new tires on the front, just like the Feds mandate for the trucking industry.

Apr 23, 2008 8:12 pm EDT

You clearly have no idea WHAT your doing. New tires go on the back as the other people have said, it's easier to control in a potentially dangerous situation. Putting them in the front doesn't help much.

Unless you don't have 4-wheel drive? Do you have only front wheel drive or something? Maybe that's why your grumping about the best tire installers EVER.

Mar 16, 2008 9:47 pm EDT

dude you are a idiot...put the new tires in the REAR!helllo!
auto shop teachers are ding dongs...tire pros will tell you the differ!

Jan 24, 2008 8:16 am EST

Clearly you do not know much about tires. Blowouts on the front of any vehicle are much more controllable than a blowout on the rear. Placing new tires on the rear of vehicles prevents oversteer and potential loss of vehicle due to emergency manuvers especially in wet weather. I have over 20 years of experience and training in the tire industry (not automotive) through Michelin, BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, & Pirelli.

Dec 12, 2007 12:41 pm EST

When istalling two new tires on a car they must be installed on the rear of the vehicle. Anyone who disagrees should visit and watch the video.

Michelin and every other major tire manufacturer have made this mandatory for all of their authorized deales so that their dealers will be held liable for any damages incurred from the installation of new tires on the front of a vechicle because they do not want to lose a 32 million dollar settlement for this reason. This happened to Michelin earlier this year.

And as far as him being an auto shop teacher. Those who can, do, those who can't teach.

He is right, you cannot argue with idiots. In this case he is the idiot.


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