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Old 12-21-2010, 10:39 AM   #61
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Actually their tire department employees are quite knowledgeable about the tires they offer, COSTCO sends them to their corporate training center. The policies in place were established by the tire manufacturers for the products they offer and they stick to them. Flexible, they are not.

Each retailer or service provider has a type of customer they serve. None of them meets the needs of every customer.
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I happened to wander through a Walmart tire department this week and noticed a prominent Bridgestone poster also saying new tires go on the rear. It's apparently all the rage among tire manufacturers and service departments.
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Where the best tires go (front vs back) has to do with in case of hydroplaning.

Is it dangerous to put 2 new tires on the front wheels only?

As you can tell, there is still debate where best to put them. When I had tires changed recently. I decided to just change all four at once to start with a new set.
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Where the best tires go (front vs back) has to do with in case of hydroplaning.

Is it dangerous to put 2 new tires on the front wheels only?

As you can tell, there is still debate where best to put them. When I had tires changed recently. I decided to just change all four at once to start with a new set.
In the case of a true blow-out (not a tire going flat), the chance of loosing control is greater if the blow-out is on the rear.

When I was in COSTCO getting a pair of new studded snow tires for my front wheel drive car they put them on the rear and the regular tires (which were almost new) on the front. I went home and moved the new studded snow tires to the front and placed a pair of used studded snows on the rear. My concern was more for traction and steering in snow than a fear of a blow out.
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Not for me. I own a business with a good amouint of rolling stock. 8 trucks right now, as many as 17 a few years ago. I started splitting our flat business to see if they would be better than our present vendor (Tire Factory). I told Les Schwaab I was giving them a tryout.

After a couple months the manager says I need to have your tire business or we won't do your flat work. I said goodbye. About once a year their on road flat guys come knockin on our door to pick up our tire work. I relay that scenario. they slink away.

i hate pressure in sales.
I understand Les Schwab's position on this. (I have a lot of experience with them and admire their business model and ethics) As a full-line tire dealer with locations all across the Pacific Northwest, they make money selling tires, the service aspects are there to support new tire sales. Remove either and the equation doesn't work; they have a huge overhead burden to support, but they can't run a sucessful business doing nothing but sh*t work when the guy across the street is getting all the gravy.

It's not "pressure in sales", it's an economic decision- bottom line is they can't afford you as a customer if all they're getting is the dirty work.

Besides, someone has to pay for all that beef they give away every fall.
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