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Old 11-13-2007, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default Low Temperature Ratings on Tires?

Anybody have an idea where I can look up the temperature ratings for my tires? I have these:

Summer: 17" Pirelli PZero Nero (currently on scooby)
Winter: 16" Michelin Alpin's

I currently live in D.C. but I'm going to visit family in MA for Thanksgiving. I'm trying to determine if I have to switch to my winters for the drive up next week.

D.C. temps: 58/40 degrees
M.A. temps: 47/30 degrees


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Old 11-13-2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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Are those Nero's summer tires? Most manufacturers say don't run summer tires near freezing...so probably below 40-45ish or so? Depends on how much you want to push it really.

Snow tires are fine as long as its not like summer temperatures (of course lower is better as theyre designed for cold weather), and even then what you'll really see is just a little more squish in the sidewall and a little faster wear rate.

I'd run the snow tires since it's like 40-50degrees at both places anyway. Save the thread on those more expensive neros
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:12 PM   #3
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Are those Nero's summer tires? Most manufacturers say don't run summer tires near freezing...so probably below 40-45ish or so? Depends on how much you want to push it really.

Snow tires are fine as long as its not like summer temperatures (of course lower is better as theyre designed for cold weather), and even then what you'll really see is just a little more squish in the sidewall and a little faster wear rate.

I'd run the snow tires since it's like 40-50degrees at both places anyway. Save the thread on those more expensive neros
Yeah, they're summer tires. I haven't been in MA for quite a while with my car. I've been stuck driving on D.C. city roads, and I want to open my baby up a bit on the roads up there. I'm thinking it won't be as possible with my winters on? I just got the car in January, and I barely know what 16's feel like anymore =P

I guess I have to put them on at some point or another anyways, huh? Any idea off-hand how much it'll cost to get done @ a dealership? I'm confined to the underground garage at my condo building in D.C. Not exactly the best place to swap them...
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:42 AM   #4
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....under ~45F is where 'summer' tires get hard as rocks......add moisture and ya MAY have a REAL quick trip into the ditch, or whatever there is to hit
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:07 PM   #5
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:28 PM   #6
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....under ~45F is where 'summer' tires get hard as rocks......add moisture and ya MAY have a REAL quick trip into the ditch, or whatever there is to hit
<--- from MA

You drive normal, you'll barely notice the difference. The summer tires below 45 thing is so exaggerated. I've driven my summers through some freezing temps, it's really not that bad in the dry. Flakes sticking to the ground, that's when it gets sketchy.
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You drive normal, you'll barely notice the difference. The summer tires below 45 thing is so exaggerated. I've driven my summers through some freezing temps, it's really not that bad in the dry. Flakes sticking to the ground, that's when it gets sketchy.
Thanksgiving = possibility of sticking flakes = scares me. I think I'm just gonna give in and put the winter's on. There goes my 17"/225's *tear*
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:19 AM   #8
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I do not risk road trips on summer tires in the fall because you never know when an early snow will hit .... hit being the optimum word .... it you have your summers on and it hits .... only a matter of time before you hit car, ditch, house, guard rail, wall ... this list goes on and on but I think you understand
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:39 PM   #9
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One winter with the summers on. (Dealer had replaced the re92's for my car as it was the floor display) Scariest driving I've ever done. Packed snow and the car literally would not turn. I had to kinda power slide. RP
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:24 PM   #10
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If you don't rally or track the car, then get what I got: Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season -- these have the snowflake/mountain symbol and are therefore a true 4-season tire which can be used in light snow conditions and are excellent in wet conditions. Goodyear is currently offering a $50 "gift card" rebate -- similar to that of a debit card.
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