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Old 06-27-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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I've never had snow tires so i was wondering if anyone knows how they hold up in the summer. Does the extra heat destroy them. any input is good. The tires are michelin primacy alpines and they are pretty much brand new and i don't want to ruin them.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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The best traction those tyres will ever have is when they are new. If you drive on them this summer and fall you will just be grinding them down.

The soft gripy winter compound will not care for the heat of summer and could get harder. Sort of the reverse of soft summer tyres getting hard when it's cold. In your case the hardening may not reverse.

If you can, spring (pardon the pun) for a summer, 3 season, tyres to complement your Alpines. You will have the best of both worlds and get maximum life out of both.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:58 PM   #3
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thankyou for info. i kinda figured that would be the case. im not running them just cant afford other tires right now and want to get the wheel onto the wifes car. oh well she'll have to wait. haha
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Old 06-27-2009, 02:02 PM   #4
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FWIW, i can tear chunks off my blizzaks by hand in 70* weather.

Some winters work OK (performance winters, usually). Snow and ice tires perform poorly to miserably.
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My Blizzaks do not like warm weather... the tire will turn into mush and will be useless by winter time.
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I'm planning to run my Hankook Icebears all summer, but I'm doing so for 2 reasons:
1) These tires are a fairly hard compound to begin with, even in their prime.
2) They're worn to the point that I'd rather not run them another winter.
So, basically, I'm just wearing them out. I wouldn't want to do that on a tire as soft as a Blizzak, or anything similar.

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If you don't care about the tires and you just need something to roll on, by all means, drive slowly on your winters in the summer. Most are not speed rated above 90mph.
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