I'm looking at getting some winter tires on my car and I was always under
the impression that I should put 4 tires on the car BUT now my wife and her
father think that just the front tires (front wheel drive) is just fine.
What is the rational? I seem to think that if the front tires grab and the
rear ones keep going the ass of the car is going to pass me???
Me too. Wouldn't have it any other way, and leave the all-weather
tires on year-round. If in doubt, mount the set with the greater
tread-depth about now. All-weather tires are fantastic in heavy rain,
Many people assume that the two drive wheels are most important and the
other two tires sort of tag along. This idea was valid twenty or more
years ago when snow tires were different only in their tread design.
Today's winter tires have different compounds and designs that deliver
from 25 to 50 percent more traction in snow and ice, and using just two
on a vehicle creates a traction mismatch that can have serious handling
consequences. Using four winter tires ensures optimum traction and
control for all vehicle types. Take for example winters on front and
all seasons on back - right away, in snow you have a braking mismatch
as well as traction. more times than not, especially at higher speeds
the rear of the car could fish tale for reasons due to speed or
braking. As well - where I live you could actually be in violation of
insurance regulations by not having all four on as opposed to just two
- call your insurance company and ask them. Good all season tires are
fine in rain - when it comes to ice, snow they are crap.
Good on ya for pointing out that 'all season' and 'winter' tires are
I'll disagree here, though. Check out the stats on Goodyear's
TripleTred. It is far from crap, and overall a good trade off
[for most folks] given how nice they ride on dry roads, and how well
they handle on wet roads.
Here's the Tripletred;
Here's a Blizzak
First ratings are TripleTred- The ratings in brackets are Blizzak
DryTraction 9.4 [8.1]
Wet Traction 9.4 [8.3]
Hydro Resistance 9.3 [8.3]
Snow Traction 9.0 [8.9]
Cornering Stability 9.0 [7.7]
Steering Response 9.0 [7.8]
Ride Comfort 8.7 [8.1]
Noise Comfort 8.6 [7.6]
Tread Wear 9.1 [7.8]
Wow- I don't think Blizzaks were out when I bought that set of
TripleTreds last year. But from what I've heard, I thought the
Blizzaks would beat my Triple treds on ice and snow-- and maybe on wet
Oh crap! I thought these figures were the result of testing, not an
*online survey*. Still food for thought, I guess. Does
anyone have a source of head to head tests between a good allweather
and a good winter tire?
If I was sure I'd be driving on packed snow all winter I'd look for a
winter tire.[probably studded] But the truth is that 90% of the
time, even in winter, I'm drivcing on dry roads. [upstate NY -- lots
of snow, but I rarely *need* to drive in it]
Unless I see some good solid evidence tot he contrary, I think I'll
stick with all season tires.
On Sat, 03 Dec 2005 02:08:18 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"
Sounds good to me. I have no anecdotes, but can't help thinking that
mounting and remounting the tires poses a risk to the bead, etc. Do
you think it does?
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
Sure, but it depends on the person doing it. Some
guys are careful but a lot are not. Another
advantage is the mounted tire will maintain the
tire shape. You are suppose to store unmounted
tires upright, but how many people do that. The
take off tires should be put into plastic garbage
bags for storage.
My front Michelins apx 5 yrs old were worn and slippery so I replaced
them, but knowing tires oxidise , get hard and slippery with only age.
At the tire store I checked rears and new fronts for oxidation hardness
and yes the new fronts, same model are nice and soft and the rears
noticibly harder when poking in my fingernail. I thought it was going to
be an issue, one day its wet out I slam on the brakes, first time ever
the rears slide, later I go around a turn on snow and sure enough the
ass slided around and I lost it. Replace all 4, I went back and got new
rears even though tread has 50000 left. So your new sticky snows will
outgrip your rears and you could loose control with only 2.
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