Caring for Your New Winter / Snow Tires

Winter tires
You've just purchased your winter / snow tires well in advance of the first snow storm, are you feeling ready to go? You may want to slow down a little bit, first. Before the snowflakes begin to fly, it's always a good idea to take some time to break in your new snow tires. Taking the time to drive conservatively (at no more than legal speeds) allows the remaining oils and/or lubricants used in the manufacturing process to "burn off". These oils can make the rubber artificially slick, especially in wet conditions, and wearing off these oils will allow your new winter / snow tires to provide peak performance when needed most. Whether you purchased winter performance tires, high performance snow tires or even studded snow tires, take the time to read "Breaking-In New Winter Tires."

Once in the depths of winter, it's hard to get motivated to make sure your tires are in good shape and at maximum efficiency. Most people don't realize that a tires inflation pressure will change about 1 psi for every 10º Fahrenheit change in air temperature. Most parts of North America experience a difference in average summer and winter temperatures of about -50º F, that's a potential loss of about 5 psi as winter's temperatures settle in. That loss in psi is enough to sacrifice the handling, traction and durability you need on the snow-covered roads.

For best results, check your air pressure at least once a month and more frequently as the temperatures continue to drop. For winter driving, it may be helpful to set your air pressure a little higher than normal. Take a look at setting your air pressure higher in the winter months by checking out "Higher Tire Pressures for Winter Driving."


Saturday, June 2, 2012 by SCOTT D

Sunday, March 23, 2014 by sam

my 2013 acura rdx takes P235/60R18 what tire would safely replace it on a 16 in rim ,& little narrower.& give same diameter,so not to throw off speed.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Linda Z

Would 235/60R-18 size tires fit a 2009 Ford Escape?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Sobowale wemimo

What is the largest sized tire I can get for my Honda 2007 v6 car?
Friday, April 3, 2015 by Doc

Your stock tire size should be 215/55R17 for the Accord Coupe V6. You can also use 225/50R17
Monday, November 2, 2015 by Tom

I have winter tires on rims 225/50R17. Can I safely put them on a Mazda CX-3 which has standard 215/60R16?
Saturday, November 7, 2015 by Doc

The 215/60R16 tire is 26.2" in overall diameter, and the 225/50R17 is 25.9", so there would be just a little speedometer error.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Laura

Are 225/65-17 blizzaks too big for a 98 Grand Cherokee Laredo? If so, any safety issues? Thanks
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Doc

225/65R17 is not a recommended size due to a load concern. 235/65R17 is preferred.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Janelle

I currently have 275/60-15 on my 75 C10 truck and im wanting to put a 265/60-15 or a 265/75-15 on the wheel. Will either of these sizes work. If not what size range will?
Friday, November 27, 2015 by Doc


265/75R15 is 30.7" tall and your current 275/60R17 is 28" tall, so there is a slight chance the taller tire may rub in a "U" turn situation. We cannot get any tires in the 265/60R15 size for reference.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Mo

I have a 2000 Honda accord lx with a steel wheels. The current tires on it is 195/65r16. I found a set of tires that are 205/60R16. Will these fit without much issue?
Saturday, December 5, 2015 by Doc

The 205/60R16 is closer to the stock 25" diameter than Honda used for the car than the 195/65r16
Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Ron

I have a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Limited, which takes 215/65R16 tires that are on 6.5" wide rims. However, I have an extra set of tires size 235/70R16, that are on 7.5" wide rims. Both sets are 5 lug, 4.5" with 114.3mm and high positive offset. I would like to use the extra set on my vehicle. Any caution?
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Doc

While the width of your extra set of wheels doesn't concern me much, the 235/70R16 is almost 2" larger in diameter so I'd be concerned that the tire (at the very least) your speedometer would read slower than your actual speed (by over 7 %) and may have the potential to rub if you hit a pothole or speed bump hard enough. Your ABS system would also be affected to the point where it may not work when needed. The 235/70R16 is much larger than we would ever recommend to be sure
Sunday, November 27, 2016 by Tom

My daughter has 2010 Suzuki SX4 currently with P205/60R16 tires. Can they be replaced with P215/60R16 tires without major issues?
Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Julius dimailig

Hi i have 205/50r17 in nissan tiida hatchback 2014 i can put 205/60r18 or r19
Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Stan

I have a 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring with the OEM Bridgestone Dueler 400s (225/55 R18) which are just HORRIBLE in wet or winter weather (have no idea how Bridgestone got that tire so wrong). I really want to put on a set of Michelin Premier LTXs but they don't carry that size. My question: Will a 235/55 R18 fit. I realize the diameter is 0.4" greater so will affect my speedometer reading slightly (~1 mph), but am wondering about the wider section and tread, both about 0.5" wider than my OEMs.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 by Doc


We can guarantee 235/55R18 to fit with no concerns. The only thing to check is to make sure your wheels are at least 6.5" wide.

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