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Old 01-11-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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summer only tires in the cold winter weather.

Hey everyone im curious to know if I am ruining my summer only 20 inch pirelli tires buy driving with them on my car in the snow and very cold temps of teens and twentys. I have drove in snow and ice with these tires on my car and have had no problems. The only problem ive had is my steering is not so great when the tires are really cold . Please tell me what eveyone thinks am i going to wreck these tires , does anyone think im nuts for using them lol.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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u are gonna end up wrecking your entire car!

why do ppl always think they are smarter than the Engineers at Perelli? they are Summer Performance ONLY tires for a reason....invest in a set of All-season or winter tires or soon your car will be a wreck!

check around this site and you find plenty of threads ranging from small fender benders to completely written off Camaros that were driving in cold weather on the summer tires.
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No, you will not ruin the PZeros by driving in the cold and snow. As you have probably found out, they don't grip as well. But if you are a good enough driver to adjust your driving to match the lower performance of the tires, go for it. Won't hurt a thing.
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Hey everyone im curious to know if I am ruining my summer only 20 inch pirelli tires buy driving with them on my car in the snow and very cold temps of teens and twentys. I have drove in snow and ice with these tires on my car and have had no problems. The only problem ive had is my steering is not so great when the tires are really cold . Please tell me what eveyone thinks am i going to wreck these tires , does anyone think im nuts for using them lol.
These tires are not intended for this kind of weather. However, whether or not you will wreck or will have an accident is dependent on how good of a driver you are. It is the crux of everything about driving really. The tires ride rough in cold weather as they can be a victim of flat-spotting. There are better tires for driving in snow and ice, but that is entirely your call.
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i do the thing.... just take easy and avoid hills... i only drive when the MAIN roads are cleared but very wet.....
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u are gonna end up wrecking your entire car!

why do ppl always think they are smarter than the Engineers at Perelli? they are Summer Performance ONLY tires for a reason....invest in a set of All-season or winter tires or soon your car will be a wreck!

check around this site and you find plenty of threads ranging from small fender benders to completely written off Camaros that were driving in cold weather on the summer tires.
I can't tell if this is full of sarcasm or not...
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Hey everyone im curious to know if I am ruining my summer only 20 inch pirelli tires buy driving with them on my car in the snow and very cold temps of teens and twentys. I have drove in snow and ice with these tires on my car and have had no problems. The only problem ive had is my steering is not so great when the tires are really cold . Please tell me what eveyone thinks am i going to wreck these tires , does anyone think im nuts for using them lol.
better yet if you have a jeep yet put the car in the garage or dont drive it april is only about 85 days away we should be able to drive in ny by then.
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I can't tell if this is full of sarcasm or not...
haha...im being serious, i know a guy here in my town that wrote off his camaro just moviing from him house to storage on the SUMMER tires. and i have read countless threads on here about ppl running into signs or other things will driving on icy roads or cold weather with these tires. it is just not worth it to chance it IMO. spend some money and get some winter/all seasons. you will be glad you did when your car is in tact and not written off or even worse you are seriously injured in an accident.
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u are gonna end up wrecking your entire car!

why do ppl always think they are smarter than the Engineers at Perelli? they are Summer Performance ONLY tires for a reason....invest in a set of All-season or winter tires or soon your car will be a wreck!

check around this site and you find plenty of threads ranging from small fender benders to completely written off Camaros that were driving in cold weather on the summer tires.
Bluch, if the driver recognizes that the summer tires don't perform as well in the cold and snow, and adjusts accordingly. No Problem. It is the drivers that don't adjust that will have the wrecks.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #10
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Bluch, if the driver recognizes that the summer tires don't perform as well in the cold and snow, and adjusts accordingly. No Problem. It is the drivers that don't adjust that will have the wrecks.
true enough. i just personally wouldn't chance wrecking my car hitting some unexpected black ice or trying to go up a hill or something and getting stuck. i would rather spend $1500 on rims and tires and know that my traction will be much better. i adjust my driving for the winter season on my winter tires and have had no problems since the snow hit.
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but then again. i live in a much heavier snow climate than New York. So maybe I am thinking/talking about there being a lot more snow/ice on the roads than you are used to...
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Bluch, if the driver recognizes that the summer tires don't perform as well in the cold and snow, and adjusts accordingly. No Problem. It is the drivers that don't adjust that will have the wrecks.
And then you will run into the drivers that didn't adjust and got in wrecks because you can't stop.
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but then again. i live in a much heavier snow climate than New York. So maybe I am thinking/talking about there being a lot more snow/ice on the roads than you are used to...
I also wonder what kind of traction he would get with summer tires with -40 temperatures.
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This has nothing to do with driving skills.

It is all about physics and grip. You could be the best driver, be light on the accelerator and even more lighter on the brakes and easily lock up and lose control in snowy/icy conditions with summer performance tires. Even with winter/all season tires you still need to be very cautious.
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