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Old 09-18-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Chevy Camaro Winter Tire FAQS

Taking a look at the new Generation Camaro's platform and discuss tire options for the snow, ice and general cold weather.

LS (Base ) model comes with 18 inch all season tires OEM.
1LT or 2LT model comes with 18 or 19 inch all season tires OEM.
LT RS model comes with performance Sumer tires OEM.
SS model comes with performance Summer tires OEM.

Its important to understand what type of tire is on the car. The all season tires are designed for light snow and cold weather use. Summer tires are not intended to be driven in Temperatures below 40 degrees fahrenheit.

These cars can benefit greatly from a snow tire even if they have all seasons. If you have the summer tires and plan to drive the car in a winter climate you NEED winter tires.

You need three main things to get winter traction. 1.) Tread Design 2.) Tread Compound 3.) Tread Depth

A good winter tread design will have a pattern to sweep away water and slush. It also has many more cuts cut in to the small tread blocks of the tire called sipes. These give the tire many more biting edges to greatly enchance snow traction. A summer tire has very few sipes. An all season tire a few more and of course the winter tire even more.

Tread Compound is a major key that many do not think about. A tire needs to remain soft and pliable in order to provide grip. Summer tires and all season tires get harder or stiff as the temperatures decrease. As this happens the tires loose grip. A winter tire has a soft compound designed to stay that way in temps below freezing. Also many of the tires have bite particles in the compound made of metal and other things that works as many micro studs clawing at ice and packed snow.

Tread Depth - Please examine your tires if they are at 4/32 nds of an inch or less they will not be effective in deep snow even if they are all weather or winter tires. By replacing worn tires with new tread depth you will have much better snow traction and water/slush evacuation.



Here is an example of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow which has been a best seller and favorite of Camaro owners. Notice the small tread blocks and siping. In the next image take a look at a winter tire at full tread depth, One that has reach the snow platform at about 4-5 /32nds of an inch meaning it no longer has sufficent tread depth for winter use and the final image of the tire at 2/32 nds of an inch meaning it should be taken out of service entirely.

TREAD DEPTH - WHY TOO LITTLE IS NEVER ENOUGH

REMEMBER THESE WINTER TIRE TIPS

PLEASE CHECK YOUR AIR PRESSURE - This is key to keep a tire at optimal performance.

Tire Rack carries a wide variety of winter tire options. We can also help you with a wheel/tire package. Downsizing wheel for winter is recommended. Keep in mind I am a 5th Gen Camaro specialist and knows what fits your car. I am glad to help please contact me 800-428-8355 X664 or rudy@tirerack.com.

I will monitor this thread so feel free to ask any questions you may have. Never know someone else may be wanting an answer to the same question.

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Thank you kind sir!
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Thanks Rudy, I learned something today.
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Rocked the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow last year in Ohio on my SS. Never let me down .
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Pressure Snsors for Snow Tires

I bought some OEM wheels for my snow tires. Is it okay to have them mounted with out buying new sensors for them since I am only going to use them for about 3 months? The tire shop wants 50 bucks a wheel to put new sensors in, so I am thinking about just going without them, since it is for just a short time. This won't damage the sensor in the car, will it?
Looking for an honest answer, I know the tire shop would like to sell them, but at 50 bucks a tire, I would like to pass if I can. I have the sensors on my summer wheels and tires, but would rather not go through the hassle of switching them over.

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I bought some OEM wheels for my snow tires. Is it okay to have them mounted with out buying new sensors for them since I am only going to use them for about 3 months? The tire shop wants 50 bucks a wheel to put new sensors in, so I am thinking about just going without them, since it is for just a short time. This won't damage the sensor in the car, will it?
Looking for an honest answer, I know the tire shop would like to sell them, but at 50 bucks a tire, I would like to pass if I can. I have the sensors on my summer wheels and tires, but would rather not go through the hassle of switching them over.

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Yes, u should be fine....but the car is going to constantly remind you that it cant read your tire monitors, might get a little annoying.
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Your traction control system might not work either. I had a bad tire sensor and all of the lights came on and said traction control was offline. After replacing the bad sensor...everything was good to go with no further problems.
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We have sold packages in the past and I am not aware of any issue. However I do recommend the sensors. They saved my bacon a couple times when picking up a screw.
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