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Winter Tires Hello, What size/type of tires will I need for the Wisconsin winters where the roads kind be tuff as well as cheap? Thank you Richie.

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BFGoodrich makes a REALLY nice tire for the beetle that fits on the stock alloy rims. If you have the 16 inch rims you'll probably need to be running 205/55/r16's. I can't remember the exact name, but they make some decent winter treads. Either way, the beetle isn't the greatest in the snow so I fixed my problem in a different manner.

I got 4 rims off a beetle from the junk yard and put 215/55/r16's on them. They are a winter tread from Hercules Tire. They really helped my 01 beetle in the snow. It may have been expensive, but they keep wear and tear of winter driving off of my clutch. Also, it saves some of the tread on my Yokohama tires :)

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I can't get up a snowy hill with this car - have tried to turn off the VSC and Electronic Skid control as instructed in the manual.


first we have to know what make, model and year the car is. is it a 4x4 or all wheel drive
comment with the details

Jan 25, 2016 | 2009 Pontiac Vibe 2.4L

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WINTER TIRES
As a mechanic and a shop owner I get to try out various types of vehicles during test drives. So we get to try out different types of tires too. We learn what works well and what doesn't.
Don't kid yourself, all season tires don't come close to a quality winter tire on ice and snow. And when you add studs to a winter tire it makes them incredibly good. I hope they allow studded tires where you drive.
All season tires work well when they can contact the road surface directly, but when isolated from the road by ice and snow they just don't work. The compound of the tire is generally harder to resist summer heat that wears tires out and with the colder temperatures they just get stiffer.
The winter tire compound is a little softer which allows a better contact patch with whatever is under it and the larger tread gaps pinch the snow to gain traction.
Another big misconception with tires is putting them on the drive wheels only.
OK, why not you ask? Well lets start with one of the most common vehicles on the road today, a family sedan, front wheel drive.
On these cars your engine and transmission is front mounted, so a good part of the weight is front biased. So that puts lots of weight on your front wheels. Weight =traction, right? So you put your winter tires on the front and your already used all seasons on the back.
Imagine now cruising down the freeway in 4 inches of fresh snow, "man these winter tires are awesome !" But you need to brake in a hurry for a deer coming out. Well those fresh winters do their job OK but the lightweight back end of your car hasn't the traction to handle the maneuver, the back end is sliding around sideways...hang on to it!!!
Well you get the picture now. You need all 4.

DONT SPIN YOUR TIRES

How many times do you see it each slippery day? You know, the drivers wheels howling for mercy as they attempt to accelerate.
Many vehicles today are equipped with traction control, there is a good reason for this accessory to your vehicle. If you can accelerate without spinning you will get moving faster than someone who is, and under more control too. A spinning tire will often create a hot spot under itself, melt the ice or snow and make it even more slippery. You even run the risk of getting yourself stuck in the rut you create.
A spinning tire also will go sideways easier, as it loses traction it also loses some direction.
Granpa said to me sometimes...slow down and go faster ...I now have seen the truth in it.

on Dec 05, 2009 | Chevrolet Impala Cars & Trucks

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Factoy tire size


The factory size is P185/65R14.
I have a Honda Civic and i cold Wisconsin winter use a set of Blizzak winter tires P185/65R14 on steel rims.
If ambient temperature warms up above 45F degree, I use a set of tires P205/45R16 Falken Ziex Ze-912, mounted on 16 inches aluminum rims.
Using all season tires is a good compromise too.



Nov 04, 2010 | 1997 Honda Civic

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Can we use snow tires on it and if so what kind and size. for a 2007 mercury mountineer


Hello. Yes, snow tires will give you the best possible traction in winter driving conditions, better that all season. The size tire depends upon the size of your rim so go to a tire store and shop around. They will tell you what size your vehicle requires. As far as kind goes, I prefer Michelin but any brand name snow tire will work fine.
Kindly rate my answer as useful. Thank you.

Feb 09, 2010 | 2007 Mercury Mountaineer

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I have a 2003 Grand Am. I have all season tires


Talk to your local tire store an dsee what they recommend. I'm sure they will know what to do.

Dec 31, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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What kind of tires does my car use?? I have a scion tc 2005.. and im about to change its 4 tires for the first time.. but i was wondering if they have to be the exact same size.. any ideas?


Your tire size is marked on the sidewall of your tire, it will read something like this, P205/70R15. There may be other numbers or letters but these are the critical ones that the tire shop needs to fit new tires on your car.
You car is set up to run on a specific size tire but changes can be made, for any number of reasons, without too many problems as long as you know what to expect. Changing the P205 number will change tour speedometer about 2 mph per size. Going from P205 to P195 will slow the car down and going up to P215 will speed it up the same. The speedometer will read the same but the car will be moving at the new rate of speed.
Changing the middle number, 70 will make your tire wider or narrower and the numbers work backwards. A 60 tire is wider than a 70 tire. This can affect your gas mileage but one number won't be especially noticeable. If you are buying snow tires for winter then 75 is the best number for that. The tire is thin and cuts through snow to make contact with the road.
Changing the last number 15 requires you to change the rims. That number is the diameter of the rim and there really isn't much reason to change them unless you are customizing your car.
Price comes into play more than brand name. You don't need that $250 super sticky tire for normal every day driving which you can do just as well on a plain jane $125 tire.The sticky tires use softer rubber and wear out quicker.
Finally, do not believe anyone who tells you that all season tires are suitable for snow and ice. They work better than summer tires if you get caught in a freak storm, but they aren't suitable for everyday winter driving. If you live in an area where there is a considerable amount of ice on the roads throughout the winter you should seriously consider getting you tires studded for improved stability, handling and stopping. Hope this helps.

Oct 20, 2009 | 2005 Scion tC

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Looking for winter tires and rims


I use Riken Raptor all weather tires and they work great and go for about 60 a tire. Not bad 60k warrenty. :) I love them.

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Dec 26, 2008 | 1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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Winter tires


you will want to stay with the same size. of the tires that are on it.
i use the blizzacks and have had vwery good luck

Nov 10, 2008 | Hyundai Motor 1998 Accent

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