As we approach the winter months, it's critical to understand how the changing temperatures can have an affect on your tires.
For every ten degrees in temperature change, you can gain or lose one psi of tire pressure. This can be a significant impact in tire pressure if not closely monitored. Do not rely on your Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) to alert you when you have a low tire. Many TPMS systems are looking for one low tire, and if all four tires are low, it will not alert you. Using a good tire gauge like the Accutire ABS Coated Air Gauge will ensure tire pressures are proper. The gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display and comes with a permanent lifetime lithium battery.
The time to put your winter tires on is when temps for your area are steadily below 45°F. Do not wait until the snow falls to order your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. Winter tires and wheels are produced in a limited supply every year and buying late often does not allow you to purchase what you want.
Also, if you're using a Tire Pressure Monitor System, you may also need to trigger your TPMS to sync with your vehicle. The FORDTRIGGER tool will allow you to perform this task yourself if you own a Ford vehicle. GM vehicles may need to use an option like the CUB TPMS Tigger Tool or ATEQ VT15 . The tool from ATEQ is an option for most vehicles as it's compatible with several applications.
When the time comes for you to remove your summer or all-season tires, consider the Tire Rack Seasonal Tire Totes, a Rolling Tire Storage Rack or our popular Tire Storage Rack as options to store your tires for the winter.