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How often should one replace winter tires (Michelin x-ice xi3)

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hightech wrote: I would suggest the following:

- Examine your tires for any cuts and cracks. If they are damaged (especially on the sidewall) they might need replacement. If they look in good shape after this check:

- Buy a tread depth gauge sold for about $6

- Measure the tire tread across all areas of the tire and all tires. Transport Canada suggests a Minimum 5/32" on the tread at the START of the winter so that there is enough bite to grip the snow. If the tread depth is that or lower, it would be wise to replace them.

- Remember that even a decent quality winter tire with 5/32" tread will be much better than any all season tire that has 5/32" depth. In fact, a winter tire with 50% tire wear stops better than a NEW All Season tire.

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- Here is a good article about replacing winter tires from Kaltire: https://info.kaltire.com/replace-winter-tires/

Note that they used 12/32" as a new tire and they suggest replacing it at 7/32" which I think might be too early (but good for them as they are selling tires).
The X-Ice xi3 has a new tire tread of 10.5/32" so the calculations work out as follows:


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Thanks. Can you recommend a tread depth gauge? Are they all pretty reliable in terms of measurements or are there significant differences in terms of quality between them?
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RigorMortis wrote: Thanks. Can you recommend a tread depth gauge? Are they all pretty reliable in terms of measurements or are there significant differences in terms of quality between them?
I have something pretty basic like this and has served me well for over 15 years now: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/cert ... 4302p.html

Another one that has colour coded values can be found here: https://www.amazon.ca/Godeson-88702-Sma ... 01F5N55B0/

There are bigger digital ones but I don't recommend that as they are too big/wide around the tire area and hard to use. Things like this I would avoid: https://www.amazon.ca/Preciva-Digital-T ... B07RDHZT6M

Essentially, once you hit 5/32" on a tire, that is the warning mark for Winter or other tires. From this point on, traction will start to be compromised (especially in wet and snow) due to a lack of tread depth. Braking distances will start increasing as well. I typically replace my tires around the 4/32" and 2/32" is considered bald (i.e. at the tread bars).
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