Car Stats: 185/75/14 all-season-tires.
I am wondering if its ok to buy a set of snow tires and stick it on my
ordinary rim? ie. take the all-season-tires off the rim and stick on
some snow tires? Or do you have to buy winter rims?
By the way, my car has 185/75/14 type tires right now. What winter
tires size can I savely put on it? can I go with say 195/60/14?
This morning it was raining really bad. I was driving down a small
hill and the guy in front of me had to stop quickly, I was about 10
meters behind the guy and so I stomp on the brake too. My car was just
sliding on the road like a hockey puck. Just as it came to about 5
inches from the car in front of me, it came to a stop. I was scared
and don't know what saved me from that loud bang. Yep! its time to get
winter tires put on.
There is no functional difference between the rims your car came with
and "winter rims." That said if your car has alloy wheels a lot of
people in that situation might buy a set of steel wheels for winter to
keep road salt etc. from eating through the clearcoat and corroding
your alloys. But the short answer to your question is that you can
either buy another set of rims or not, makes no functional difference.
That said, at least around here, getting tires mounted and balanced is
getting to be almost extortionately expensive; buying a set of steel
wheels from a junkyard might be cheaper in the long run. It's getting
to be $20-25 a tire at most tire shops/gas stations unless you can get
a "buddy rate."
If you drive a Volkswagen be aware you might need shorter lug bolts
with steel wheels if you have rear drums. (ask me how I know this...)
I'd stick with the same size. Bigger tires don't equal better
traction. Narrow tires will bite better in the snow. [more pounds
per square inch touching the road to grab traction]
If you had winter tires chances are you would have hit that car.
[Unless the all-weather tires you have are worn out.] Check the
tires you pick out for their performance on;
dry pavement; wet roads; loose snow; packed snow; and ice.
No tire will be best in all departments. Studded tires are best
for ice/packed snow but worst for dry/wet roads. Most of the all
weather tires I've loked at are better on wet roads than straight
I agree that studded tires are probably best, particularly on ice. We
getting penalized (taxes) to run studded tires, and many changed over to
the nonstudded winter tires.
I think the nonstudded have improved a lot, and do a great job in most
I tried to drive one winter using Michelins that were rated as all weather
they just weren't good enough for several months of ice driving.
We tried to always have a separate set of wheel for our summer and winter
Having to change tire types twice a year was bad enough, but to have to
them onto the same set of rims was a real PITA.
If you have to pay someone to change tires on the rims, I suspect that
by the time you'd done it a year or two you'd have paid more than it
would have cost you to buy another set of rims. Particularly if you
can find a half decent set a junkyard.
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