Is it time to replace winter tires yet?

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Is it time to change the tyres?

 

I see the neighbours are out in force under the cars today !!! Or maybe the men are just trying to get away from the 'better halves' ...

 

Well don't want to follow suit, may flash some thigh and take down some chocolate biscuits and ask if anyone wants to do mine! LOL I'm bad (yes!) :ph34r:

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Maybe depends where you are. I'm in the North - after several days +20C I changed to Summer tyres on 4th April.

Since then weather has gone down the tubes (cause & effect?).

 

For a short dash up & down the A23 today it was nice to have the Summer shoes on :)

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Do not conform, buy all weather tires instead and never change them.

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Using the standard rule of "Oktober bis Ostern" I think you can now change tyres.

 

But this is always a bit confusing, mid-October seems a generally good time to change tyres, but "Easter" - this can vary by 5 weeks!

 

I reckon that you should be ok to change now, but April in Munich can lead to a suprise 25C sunshine shocker, followed by snow the following day!

 

My tyre change intention? Probably wait until I've driven to CZ for the weekend in a couple of weeks time - I reckon I'll need new winter tyres for the next winter anyway, so may as use up the last bit of rubber rather than chucking it away unused!

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Do not conform, buy all weather tires instead and never change them.

And then not be able to stop as quickly as anyone else, both in the winter *and* summer. Great advice.

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Do not conform, buy all weather tires instead and never change them.

This doesn't sound like good advice at all. Those tires and worse in summer and winter than winter and summer sets.

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Not quite sure what your point is eurovol, nobody uses all-weather tyres here because they are crap in the winter (compared to winter tyres) and crap in the summer (compared to summer tyres). It's all to do with the tread pattern, rubber compound and lifetime, an all-weather can never perform as well as a summer tyre, it's just physics (and common sense - why don't people in warmer countries use all-season tyres year-round instead of summer tyres?).

 

From pneus-online:

 

 

All season tyres are a good compromise if you use your vehicle in both winter and summer. These tyres work well on all types of roads but are not specialised for any particular conditions. Compared with summer tyres, on dry ground all-season tyres do not perform as well and lack roadholding ability. They have less grip than winter tyres on snow. Your all season tyres should always be in excellent condition so that they perform well in any situation.

I'm surprised you are advocating their use, as normally you are quite vocal about road safety issues.

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Snow tires and all weather tires perform worse in braking distance when it´s wet than summer tires though. And obviously worse in snow than snow tires

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Gonna change mine this week at the garage and also get my washer pipe replaced that some little bastard Marder around here decided was more worthwhile for his lunch than supplying the nozzles to clean the windows !! :angry:

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did you actually read the link you posted, eurovol?

Of course I did.

 

 

However the all season tire was designed for wet and dry driving on pavement.

All season tires have less traction in snow and that is due to the pliability. Under normal conditions, all season tires are fine and legal for the winters in and around Munich. It would be a different story if one were to travel to the more mountainess regions, but then you would still need chains now wouldn't you.

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While on this topic, i have mounted my summer tires and just realized that they were mounted wrongly according to their rotation directions. Apart from poor traction due to less water removal from tires (which is important) does any other issue exist here?(Until i swap the left and right ones with each other)

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Swapping front/rear wont change that, you need to swap left to right.

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I see the neighbours are out in force under the cars today !!! Or maybe the men are just trying to get away from the 'better halves' ...

Hmmmm another good reason to escape.

 

I need a garden shed. In our family we call them "Escpae the Wife" sheds!

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Got my tyres changed yesterday. Let it snow.

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Actually Eurovol the tyre changing thing is good.It is well known that all year tyres do wear down faster.Had the experience myself.In the end run it works out cheaper having 2 sets of tyres so long as you can change them yourself

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I am not saying don't do it. If you have the high performance varieties of both winter and summer and drive a lot, then it is well worth it. Most people probably don't and changing lesser variants isn't doing anything but costing time and money. There is new technology that incorporates season responsive rubber in the all weathers and for normal to lite driving with a standard auto it is simply a matter of choice. The all weathers that I have are higher rated than many of the lower end winter and summer variants and I don't have to change them twice a year.

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So... I've read the theory, and we're past Easter now, - and views on whether now is the time to switch??

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You can probably go ahead. But I think I'll wait a little bit longer. ;)

 

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(taken just a few days ago... now snow is almost gone but I'm expecting one last gasp of snow still to come our way)

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