help! type44 squirrly on the road with front snow tires

Dave Hord spokes at
Fri Dec 13 13:14:25 EST 2002

> some other lister said i needed all 4
> snows.   but why? the rear wheels are not traction wheels...?
> chris

Sorry, I missed the begining of the thread, so I don't know what tires you're

If you're using _new_ winter tires, rather 'new design' winter tires you
DEFINETLY should have 4 snows on it.  Winter tire technology has improved
greatly in the last 6 or so years. With different compounds and new tread
designs winter tires have _far_ more traction then they did ten years ago.
This is likely to cause a very unbalanced traction situation, much more so days
of yore where we used to mix snows up front and all-seasons out the back.  The
difference in traction can lead to the rear end stepping out by quite a bit,
and causing an accident.

Thus, any reputable tire shop will strongly suggest you put four winter tires
on a car.  Quite a few shops have stopped selling snow tires is 'twos'

Note that I've been using 'winter' tire, not snow tire. Now a-days there are
snow tires, and ice tires. Ice tires should NEVER be used in two's, only in
fours.  Snow tires depend on the brand, some are okay in twos...others cause
really nasty handling in deep snow/slush.



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