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Old 26th September 2021, 13:48   #1
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Winter is approaching, the Zed needs two front tyres now and rears in about 6 to 8 months I'd guess.

I have a daily 12 mile each way commute to work with some moderate hills and downward slopes that can cause problems in snow and icy conditions. As front line NHS I need to get to work if at all possible.

A set of winter tyred wheels is really not a viable option for the amount of time I'd really need them, and for the expense involved in buying 4 specialised 18inch tyres and a set of alloy rims.

I've decided to give cross climates a go.

As I'm going to fit 2 now and two more when my current rears reach 2mm should I put the new cross climates on the front (drive) or the rear wheels.

Also opinions on cross climates ????

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Old 26th September 2021, 14:19   #2
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i have never had any cross climate tyres so can not give an opinion on them, but regards new tyres they should always go on the rear if you are not changing all 4 at the same time.
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Myself I would put them on the traction wheels.
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Old 27th September 2021, 08:06   #4
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Myself I would put them on the traction wheels.
In time gone past I would have put them on the front, the traction wheels on a front wheel drive car but this seems to be wrong and as Arctic says, new tyres to the rear.

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This is a good read for keeping your tyres in decent order, and possibly getting them to wear at an even rate.

https://www.uniroyal-tyres.com/car/t...-front-or-rear
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Old 27th September 2021, 09:35   #6
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You will get a load of different answers from the major tyre chains (pardon the unintended pun), like National Tyre/Kwik fit etc. Use an independent specialist (I am lucky to have one in the village), and you will get expert and correct advice .
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Michelin Cross Climates are a good choice, they make a very acceptable compromise as this type of tyre are always compromised to a certain extent.
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Myself I would put them on the traction wheels.
I always stick on the front. Firstly, they are the ones that should take me where I want to go and secondly they provide the traction. Should I be daft enough to lose the car on a slippery road, it is much quicker and easier to control a rear wheel skid. Interestingly, When I was in the USA a couple of years back, they recommended new on the front of my daughters car. I would like to see stats that prove either way is better.

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Old 27th September 2021, 15:38   #9
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This is a good read for keeping your tyres in decent order, and possibly getting them to wear at an even rate.

https://www.uniroyal-tyres.com/car/t...-front-or-rear
Interesting. I always used to rotate mine, however technical publications suggested that rotating the tyres was not a good idea as they wear in to fit all the slight differences between each corner of the car. Tyre dealers said not to swap them about The habit of tyre rotation was dismissed on those grounds. I must say, over the years I've found no adverse effects from not rotating.
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Old 27th September 2021, 23:15   #10
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A definite vote from me for Michelin CrossClimates. Haven't used them on the ZT but fitted a set to the wife's Vauxhall Astra four years ago - very similar size to the ZT - 225x40x18. They just don't wear out. Must have done around 40K miles and still plenty of tread left.
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