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Old 10-14-2004, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Switching to snow tires early...how bad is that?

I just had a flat on my summer tires and I was thinking about just putting my snow tires on the car now and just replacing the summer tires after the winter. I live in Boston and we probably won't see snow for at least another month or two. How bad is it to run snow tires this early in the season?
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Old 10-14-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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The snow tire compound will not hold up to heat well at all. If you had a nice sunny day and drove many miles it could significantly wear the tread. If you don't drive much, it will likely not be a problem. Depends on the snow tire compound too. There is no safety issue, although the snows are not optimal for dry weather driving.
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Old 10-14-2004, 12:10 PM   #3
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Snow tires don't like the warm weather. They get real squirmy and wear faster than normal, under warm temperatures.
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Old 10-14-2004, 02:10 PM   #4
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Well it's a done deal. This is the first time I've prayed for early cold weather!
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Old 10-14-2004, 02:30 PM   #5
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If you have a more all season snow tire like the Nokian WR or Bridgestone LM-22 you will be fine.
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Old 10-14-2004, 05:26 PM   #6
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No problems. Think of snow tires as temperature tires. As it gets colder, the softer tread compound works better than that of a performance tire, which gets rock-hard in temperatures below 40 degrees F.

Just don't drive all crazy and stuff, and you'll be fine. The other question is what kind of snow tires do you have? This makes a big difference.

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Old 10-14-2004, 05:52 PM   #7
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We'd a fall of snow about 2 weeks ago. I put my (New last winter) snows / studded tires on.
Snow lasted about 2 days then it was gone. We're due big snow soon, so I was going to leave them on. However, soon as they're warm, you can actually feel the car slip, under heavy cornering, so, I took them off again and put my summer tires back on.
Here you're allowed to use studded tires from mid September I think, but, I could almost 'hear' the tires wearing on the dry roads....
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Old 10-14-2004, 07:43 PM   #8
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If you have a more all season snow tire like the Nokian WR or Bridgestone LM-22 you will be fine.
What he said. The more performance oriented winter tires will do just fine in the semi-warm weather.
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Old 10-14-2004, 10:22 PM   #9
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I have the Kumho I'ZEN Stud Snow tires. They are not studded, but studable.
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:26 AM   #10
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I have the Kumho I'ZEN Stud Snow tires. They are not studded, but studable.

Ok.
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:21 PM   #11
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you'll be fine .... I have a set of winter tires on 1 of my cars already
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