Snow Tires on Sale
When the winter season hits, it hits hard. If you live in northern states near Canada or just within that jet stream dip of arctic air, you know how long the snow season can be. You probably have gotten stuck and slid off the road at least a few times in your life. Winter tires, also known as snow tires, can give you an advantage when it comes to driving in below-freezing temperatures.
Why Buy Winter Tires?
Many people have never driven on snow tires even once in their lives. They automatically discount the idea by considering that snow tires only provide a slight advantage, or suppose that it is difficult to take snow tires off again during long breaks in the weather.
The truth is that there is a night and day difference between all-season tires and snow tires. Not only do snow tires perform better than all-season tires on snow and ice, but they perform better even on dry streets in freezing weather. This difference in performance is caused by the type of rubber and the tread patterns used in winter tires.
All-Season Radials vs. Snow Tires
The biggest difference between all-season tires and winter tires is the tread rubber. For the same reason that you switch to a lower viscosity oil in the winter months, you need to switch to winter tires in the cold. The rubber in all-season tires stiffens in cold weather. Winter tires remain supple and gummy even in freezing cold winter temperatures.
Winter tires also have unique deep tread patterns (with thousands of tire sipes, or slits) that can chomp into snow, slush, and water, to quickly channel them away. A good set of snow tires is so effective at dealing with bad winter roads that it may be impossible to get stuck without bottoming out on large snow banks.
Some models of winter tires have permanent or removable studs that act like mini icepicks, providing traction even up steep icy hills near your favorite ski resort.
Does It Help to Switch to a Partial Set of Snow Tires?
There is no sense in switching over to snow tires if you are not using a full set. The back or front end will just skid and spin out of control because the all seasons will not be able to keep up at the same level. Consumers need to know how to swap winter tires quickly if the weather is warm and clear for long periods because the winter tires will wear prematurely on warm road surfaces.
How to Swap Between All Season Radials and Winter Tires
To get started, all you need is a jack, jack stand, torque wrench, a breaker bar, and some large 17mm-21mm deep impact sockets to mount and dismount wheels. You will also want to find out the torque specifications for lug nuts on your automobile (Maybe around 95-ft-lbs). Many new vehicles come with wheel lock kits that can complicate the process. If you suspect rusting, you may want to soak your wheel lug nuts with a penetrating fluid (such as PB Blaster or WD-40) before trying to remove the wheels. You should, in fact, always use a penetrating fluid if you have not taken the wheels off yourself in a long time.
After you find a deep socket that fits perfectly, you can use the leverage of the breaker bar to crack the first lug nut loose. Do not fully loosen the lug nut. Place your jack near the point of the vehicle that has a small arrow indicating a lift point. These are typically immediately behind front wheels and in front of rear wheels. You should align the jack under the lift point snugly without putting any pressure on the vehicle. Break loose all the lug nuts and take special care if you are using a key to loosen an anti-theft lug nut.
It is advisable to test the resistance of a few lug nuts before attempting to remove the anti-theft lug nut with the key. The key may require a larger socket size that should be determined in advance. Ensure that the lug nut that is directly opposite the anti-theft lug nut is still tight before removing the anti-theft lug nut. After all the lug nuts are loosened, you may raise the vehicle with the jack and secure it with the jack stand adjacent.
Fully remove the lug nuts and dismount the tire. Thoroughly inspect your new tires and gently thread the lug nuts into place finger tight. You will then use a torque pattern to tighten the wheels back into place. This means that you will jump to the lug nut directly opposite each one tightened. Then, you must repeat the process to tighten and torque to factory specifications. Adjust tire pressure in each wheel according to the PSI published on the inside of your vehicle’s front door or in your owner’s manual, and you are all set to go!
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