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I have two options for tires for a Vermont winter, Nokian Hock. 5 with studs and Blizzaks which I hear wear down quickly due to soft tread. Any suggestions for me going through the year without a 4 WD this year?

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Blizzaks are great and soft for better handling, the only people who wear them out are people who run these tires in warm weather they drive them late into spring and some into summer this is what destroys the tire, also have them studed,.

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1997 passat, need winter tires. 215 50 15, oem's. What sizes can I go to for replacement? Phil.


If it were my car I would try to stick to a 215 15 with a mud and snow or M+S tread design but I would be looking for a middle number of 70 not 50. The middle number is the width of the tread and in snow a skinny tire is better than a wide tire. It will cut through instead of float over. Floating is okay until you spin, then you are done. Disregard any sales pitch about all season treads being good for winter. It should be illegal for them to claim that because they are no good in any amout of snow more than 2 flakes thick. You could go down to a 205 15 without a lot of trouble but any smaller will start to lower the front of your car significantly. If you go to a larger 225 then you may run into issues with steering and suspension travel, not to mention they will cost a little more. If you live in an area with a lot of ice during the winter you may want to consider studding the tires. It will make a difference but if most of your winter driving is on bare or nearly bare roads don't bother. Studs can be a problem on bare roads and most places have strict rules about when you can put them on and when they come off.
Look for a 215-70-15 or a 205-70-15 for the best results. If you can get a 75 even better but try to stay away from a 50 for winter driving if you can. Hope this helps.

Dec 07, 2010 | 2002 Volkswagen Passat

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Choosing the right tire for winter


when choosing the right tire for winter travel you want to make sure the rubber isnt to stiff. a soft rubber tire will grab the road easier. if you prefer studs than go that route, but if you prefer studless then make sure the tire is siped for winter and snow or ice traction, now i drive a full size dodge with a lift kit and huge tires up here in n. idaho where the snow gets real deep. i dont usually have to much trouble because my tires are softer rubber and thats all i use. cars with less weight should choose an inexpensive tire that will get the job done and will keep you safe but wont break your bank. tire shops will always try to get you to buy the most costly tires when for $500 less you can get practically the same tread design with studs and everything. and generally the cheaper versions will last the same amount of time. so dont be fooled times are tough right now and some folks will do whatever it takes to get your money. ask a lot of questions. tires that are to wide will begin to wear out through the center quicker than the right width for you car or truck

on Dec 21, 2009 | Dodge Pickup Cars & Trucks

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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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How much would snow tires for a 2002 chevy malibu cost?


tire prices will vary greatly depending on the brand, style, tread life, quality, and size. Your best bet would be to resource your local tire stores and online tire dealers. Places like firestone, goodyear, discount tire, tires plus, pep boys, and tirerack.com come to mind. The size of tire you need is on the side of the tires that are already on the vehicle. It will be something like 205/70R15.

If you want the best, IMO, winter tire check out the Bridgetstone Blizzaks. I have never been disappointed with them and usually get 2 winters out of a set. They are NOT an all season tire and should only be used in the winter. I should also add that if you do get them get all four. This will optimize your traction on all four corners of the vehicle. You may find the back end of the car spinning if you decide to only do two, which is not good.

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2006 Highlander V-6 AWD,(not Limited Ed). I Live in colorado, drive about 30k /yr, need tires that will handle the snow/ice and hopefully last for 45k, suggestions?


Hello. Welcome to FixYa. Please allow us to assist you.

In a word, finding tires that will handle snow and ice, and last for 45,000 miles is a difficult task.

Tires that perform better in the snow are traditionally 'softer' tires, and are not going to last 45,000 miles, due to the inherently softer tread composition..

We here recommend Bridgestone "Blizzak" winter tires. We have found their performance on snow to be simply tremendous. I would get come Blizzaks installed if I were you.

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Winter Tires


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.

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