“When is it time to remove my snow tires?” sounds like a question with a pretty clear answer, right? Unfortunately the answer is not always so clear with our unpredictable Wisconsin winters (remember that snow storm that hit in May years ago?). While the call to remove your snow tires is a judgment call based on our unpredictable Wisconsin winter, there are two general guidelines to remember when making your decision:
- Wait until the threat of snow has passed. Yes, this is Wisconsin after all. We are aware that the threat of snow has not passed until June. When the temperatures start hitting the 40’s or 50’s on a regular basis, it’s time to take those snow tires off—but try not to make the switch too soon. You don’t want to get stuck in a spring snow storm on all-season tires when you bought a set of snow tires for safety and increased traction.
- Don’t wait too long. The soft rubber compound that makes winter tires a reliable snow tire is the same compound that burns off on hot roads. With this in mind, make sure you remove (or have your mechanic remove) snow tires before the roads dry out and the temperatures heat up. If you leave your snow tires on too long, you won’t be able to use that same set of snow tires next year.
Consider buying a second set of rims for your snow tires to ease snow tire removal and remounting. One set of rims would be for your all-season tires, and the second set would hold your snow tires. This philosophy has two advantages:
- You don’t have to go through the hassle of breaking the bead, removing and remounting tires during the fall and spring.
- While the cost of a second set of rims can be costly, it can save the cost of a tire because you don’t have to worry about damaging your snow tire or all-season tire during the removal and mounting process.
If you have any questions about snow tires and removal, contact our trusted mechanics at Tire-rifik in Watertown. They can answer questions about snow tires, purchasing the right set of snow tires or a second set of rims for your snow tires or all-season tires—any questions you might have about tires and our unpredictable Wisconsin winters.