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Single digit temps in morning too early to put on winter tires

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Single digit temps in morning too early to put on winter tires

With temps getting in the mid single digits over night and in the morning. Is it too early to put on winter tires? Everyone here preaches that the rubber on all seasons/summer tires turn hard in single digit temperature.
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Toooooo early.
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I would say single digits daylight temps and zero/negative temps is a good time to switch over but given that it is still October, we can still climb up to doubles (crosses fingers). Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes

If you were to get the swap done on shops, I would suggest going earlier to beat the crowd. But if DIY, you can probably wait a month or more.
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TehRFDAnomaly wrote: I would say single digits daylight temps and zero/negative temps is a good time to switch over but given that it is still October, we can still climb up to doubles (crosses fingers). Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes

If you were to get the swap done on shops, I would suggest going earlier to beat the crowd. But if DIY, you can probably wait a month or more.
Going to be a DIY but getting cold fingers outside in the driveway for 2 cars isn't going to be fun. Then got to wash and spray them inside fender wells, wheels, blah blah blah.
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Think of the Childre…
Early November would be ideal.

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cristianosham wrote: Going to be a DIY but getting cold fingers outside in the driveway for 2 cars isn't going to be fun. Then got to wash and spray them inside fender wells, wheels, blah blah blah.
Yeah, and the surprise snow/frozen rain isn't fun too. If you don't drive that much I would pull the trigger just to get it over with.

I'm putting mine early November as wife drives >50km to work although not everyday.
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cristianosham wrote: Going to be a DIY but getting cold fingers outside in the driveway for 2 cars isn't going to be fun. Then got to wash and spray them inside fender wells, wheels, blah blah blah.
Invest in gloves.
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canoek wrote: Invest in gloves.
I don't know but the feeling and dexterity is just not there. It is like wearing a condom.
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cristianosham wrote: I don't know but the feeling and dexterity is just not there. It is like wearing a condom.
I got the gloves from HomeDepot. The grippy ones with rubbery stuff on the inside and mesh on the outside. They kind of keep you warm and you don't lose much dexterity.
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Wait for some consistency in the weather in terms of all-day cold temperature. Right now the late mornings/afternoon is still >10 degrees
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Still too hot. I usually aim for end of October
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Always did them around US Thanksgiving. Usually snow hasn’t started yet and by then, temps are consistently in the singles.

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If you are getting insurance savings for winter tires, make sure to put em on before the date. Usually Nov 1.
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Some time in the last 2 weeks of November for me usually.

Occasionally in the first couple weeks if it seems like an early storm may be coming.
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peteryorkuca wrote: If you are getting insurance savings for winter tires, make sure to put em on before the date. Usually Nov 1.
It was Dec 1st for both my last insurers. Always good to check.
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I keep an eye on the forecast. When 7°C falls between the day and night temperatures, I'll make the plans to swap over. As you can see, it's still a bit too warm for them here.
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We had a historic storm last weekend so I changed up last Tuesday when we had ~20c temps and just before the temps dropped to single digits. I must have looked like a loco. Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
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I normally wait till mid November myself but I'm getting my breaks replaced tomorrow so I'll just have the mechanic swap the tires when he's doing the that.

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