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Driving a FWD car with 2 winter tires only (front tires)

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Driving a FWD car with 2 winter tires only (front tires)

Does ti make sense to drive a FWD car with 2 winter tires only (front tires)? My friend has an old car 1999 Toyota Corolla and he is doing it; apparently his mechanic told him its ok
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No

If anything the 2 winters should go on the back for stability
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No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, never mount two winter tires on the front axle without also mounting them on the rear axle. Only installing snow tires on the front wheels increases the risk of losing rear tire traction while braking or cornering on wintery roads.

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I did this one winter in the 90s on a FWD because a "wise car guy" said it would be ok. It was not. In bad weather/wet stopping and turning corners became terrifying - in the 80's I put winters on the rear for a RWD mustang and it was ok (controlling fishtailing was an endless drama)
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It's fine. Did it for many years. Made my fwd vehicles behave more 'neutral' as they tend to understeer badly. You just need to be aware of the altered handling characteristics
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its just fine for fukwhits and dimwhits
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rh1974 wrote: Does ti make sense to drive a FWD car with 2 winter tires only (front tires)? My friend has an old car 1999 Toyota Corolla and he is doing it; apparently his mechanic told him its ok
No, his mechanic is stupid or wants him to crash so he can repair the car.
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Without a full set of winter tires your car will literally implode.

You have guts for posting this on RFD. I’m surprised they haven’t rallied with pitch forms to burn your car down
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rh1974 wrote: Does ti make sense to drive a FWD car with 2 winter tires only (front tires)? My friend has an old car 1999 Toyota Corolla and he is doing it; apparently his mechanic told him its ok
You also don't get the winter tire discount from your insurance if you don't have all 4 wheels on winters. It's basically a waste of effort to put 2 on. You'd be better off running on snowflake rated all-weather tires than wasting your time swapping 2 tires each season.
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rh1974 wrote: Does ti make sense to drive a FWD car with 2 winter tires only (front tires)? My friend has an old car 1999 Toyota Corolla and he is doing it; apparently his mechanic told him its ok
The mechanic was like, this guy still drive a soon 21yrs old Corolla, whatever ......


Real answer is you better off put the 2 winter tires at the back even it is a FWD, even better to put 4 winter tires, or the best is change for a newer car + 4 winter tires.
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Clearly a trick question....A for sure to appreciate classic like a 1999 Corolla should be stored winters and only brought out for car shows anyways.
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engineered wrote: You also don't get the winter tire discount from your insurance if you don't have all 4 wheels on winters. It's basically a waste of effort to put 2 on. You'd be better off running on snowflake rated all-weather tires than wasting your time swapping 2 tires each season.
RE : all weathers...
I love these type of tires.
They are getting cheap now too... it used to only be nokians which are pricey, but good quality and performance.
Now i see really cheapo made in china ones that are all weather rated. They looked soooo affordable. Why not get those if youre lazy?
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cartfan123 wrote: Clearly a trick question....A for sure to appreciate classic like a 1999 Corolla should be stored winters and only brought out for car shows anyways.
Only If beige in colour .
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to all the naysayers, have you actually done this and tried? or are you just parroting a bridgestone ad?

at this risk of sounding old, this used to be fairly common-place. none of my fwd cars i did this to became oversteer monsters. they all plow / understeer significantly stock and still did with snows in the front and no seasons in the back (although much less-so -- you still needed to give the ebrake a tug to get it to really rotate). the fronts do most of the work of turning/stopping/and obviously accelerating in a nose heavy fwd.

obviously snows on all 4 corners is ideal but sticking them on the front of a fwd is still 'better' than all seasons on all four in my experience.
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esoxhntr wrote: to all the naysayers, have you actually done this and tried? or are you just parroting a bridgestone ad?

at this risk of sounding old, this used to be fairly common-place. none of my fwd cars i did this to became oversteer monsters. they all plow / understeer significantly stock and still did with snows in the front and no seasons in the back (although much less-so -- you still needed to give the ebrake a tug to get it to really rotate). the fronts do most of the work of turning/stopping/and obviously accelerating in a nose heavy fwd.

obviously snows on all 4 corners is ideal but sticking them on the front of a fwd is still 'better' than all seasons on all four in my experience.
I have, and I can verify how crap 2 winters and 2 all seasons are. As for why do I drive such a vehicle, I get fleet vehicles so I don't really have the choice in tires, had a customer cheat us and stole 2 of the winter tires on one of our FWD cars, a Cobalt in this specific case. Pretty quickly I found how loose the rear was, sent it to our shop immediately because it was so dangerous.

It was so bad I'd much rather have 4 all seasons than the mix matched tires.
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Does your friend want to buy cheap used if he's in Toronto? I have a pair I can sell for cheap. Located in Scarborough. Yes, it was for my 99 corolla used half a winter season, before I got rid of it.
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esoxhntr wrote: to all the naysayers, have you actually done this and tried? or are you just parroting a bridgestone ad?

at this risk of sounding old, this used to be fairly common-place. none of my fwd cars i did this to became oversteer monsters. they all plow / understeer significantly stock and still did with snows in the front and no seasons in the back (although much less-so -- you still needed to give the ebrake a tug to get it to really rotate). the fronts do most of the work of turning/stopping/and obviously accelerating in a nose heavy fwd.

obviously snows on all 4 corners is ideal but sticking them on the front of a fwd is still 'better' than all seasons on all four in my experience.
Yes, my friend tried it on his father's Integra. His father spun out 180 degrees twice in a week. I also tried it on my father's Maxima. I was driving along in a straight line and hit a small patch of snow and I was facing the other way.
JeganV wrote: It was so bad I'd much rather have 4 all seasons than the mix matched tires.
this.
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esoxhntr wrote: to all the naysayers, have you actually done this and tried? or are you just parroting a bridgestone ad?

at this risk of sounding old, this used to be fairly common-place. none of my fwd cars i did this to became oversteer monsters. they all plow / understeer significantly stock and still did with snows in the front and no seasons in the back (although much less-so -- you still needed to give the ebrake a tug to get it to really rotate). the fronts do most of the work of turning/stopping/and obviously accelerating in a nose heavy fwd.

obviously snows on all 4 corners is ideal but sticking them on the front of a fwd is still 'better' than all seasons on all four in my experience.
I agree it's better in a sense for acceleration or straight line braking, but the dangerous part of it is it masks the conditions of the road and causes overconfidence when cornering. Also, it makes your car very unpredictable.

I don't recommend trying it in real life, but you can do this in a simulator like Project Cars 2 on an ice/snow track and your car is very hard to control properly haha.
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esoxhntr wrote: to all the naysayers, have you actually done this and tried? or are you just parroting a bridgestone ad?

at this risk of sounding old, this used to be fairly common-place. none of my fwd cars i did this to became oversteer monsters. they all plow / understeer significantly stock and still did with snows in the front and no seasons in the back (although much less-so -- you still needed to give the ebrake a tug to get it to really rotate). the fronts do most of the work of turning/stopping/and obviously accelerating in a nose heavy fwd.

obviously snows on all 4 corners is ideal but sticking them on the front of a fwd is still 'better' than all seasons on all four in my experience.
Google it and you'll find tests showing why this is true.

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