It’s spring! With spring comes one of the most common car care questions we are asked, “when should I take off my snow tires?” Some years, the answer is pretty clear cut when spring comes to Wisconsin—and stays (it does happen!). Other years, it’s a judgment call based on what the long-term forecast calls for—which can be pretty tricky. In general, though, here’s our answer to car owners who want to know when to take off their snow tires:
“Wait until the threat of snow has passed before you make an appointment to take off your tires. When the temperatures start hitting the upper 40’s or low 50’s on a regular basis, it’s time to take those snow tires off—but try not to make the switch too soon or too late. 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.”
On the other hand, don’t wait too long to remove your snow tires. Snow tires are made of a soft rubber compound that can wear off on hot roads. With this in mind, make sure you remove (or have your) snow tires before the roads dry out and the temperatures heat up. If you procrastinate too long and leave your snow tires on, you won’t be able to use that same set of snow tires next year.
There is another option that can make mounting and removing your snow tires even easier: consider purchasing a second set of rims specifically for your snow tires. Have your snow tires mounted to the second set so you don’t have to go through the hassle of breaking the bead, removing and remounting tires every fall and spring. While the cost of a second set of rims is more expensive, it can save the cost of a tire because you don’t have to worry about damaging your snow tires or all-season tires during the removal and mounting process.
If you have any questions about snow tires and removal, contact us. We can’t tell you when the last snow is going to fall, but we can help you purchase, mount, and take off your snow tires.