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Winter Tire Traction Issue

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Winter Tire Traction Issue

Hi all, I recently put a new set of winter tires (Pirelli Winter Ice Zero) on the stock rims of my 2020 330. The issue I’m having is that the traction light comes on during cornering or when accelerating on the highway from 80–130, even under dry conditions. Can anyone share their input on what the potential issue could be?
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I'm by no means an expert but the system is really proactive and anticipates so it will(seems to) activate w the premise 'better have some DSC rather than not'. Do you feel any slipping at all or are you driving too fast for the conditions?

I usually leave DSC on as that seems to address most of the winter conditions. Only one time I should have switched it off (so it goes into 'traction' mode) when I was heading up a snowy/slipping steep hill and at that time I didn't know one can do that (lol) and I kept getting stuck as the DSC keep coming on...that's probably the only real time to switch DSC off.
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Just a guess but since its RWD you have less weight over the back and that could be why. You could try putting 2 or 4 bags of sand in the back for extra weight just to see if it makes a difference. But also keep in mind the extra weight could also possibly increase your stopping distance in an emergency.

other then that check your tire pressure. Maybe its inflated to much, letting out 1-2 psi may be enough to get you a bigger contact patch and increase grip .
im also guessing the car is stock? you don't have any performance or suspension mods?

aliken wrote: Hi all, I recently put a new set of winter tires (Pirelli Winter Ice Zero) on the stock rims of my 2020 330. The issue I’m having is that the traction light comes on during cornering or when accelerating on the highway from 80–130, even under dry conditions. Can anyone share their input on what the potential issue could be?
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How hard are you cornering and how hard are you pushing it from 80-130. You can't drive snow tires like you would high performance tires and I think your car is trying to tell you that.
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aliken wrote: Hi all, I recently put a new set of winter tires (Pirelli Winter Ice Zero) on the stock rims of my 2020 330. The issue I’m having is that the traction light comes on during cornering or when accelerating on the highway from 80–130, even under dry conditions. Can anyone share their input on what the potential issue could be?
Double-check to make sure all tires are the correct/same size in order to rule out an installation error. If one tire is the wrong size the car sees different rotational speeds and can kick in traction control thinking there's a problem when theres not.
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Thanks all for your input. I’m not cornering fast or flooring it on the highway. Just regular throttle in even dry conditions is resulting in loss of traction and at times the car cuts the power. It is AWD, stock with no mods.
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Did you check your tire pressure? Maybe it is over inflated.
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Check and make sure the snow tires are not directional and installed backwards. The Blizzak WS80 on my wife's car are directional. Other than that chalk it up as sensitive AWD system.
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sickcars wrote: You could try putting 2 or 4 bags of sand in the back for extra weight just to see if it makes a difference.
NEVER do this....more than extra stopping distance it'll also severely affect cornering & stability. Think pendulum effect - NOT what you want especially in winter.....
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Long shot but could it be due to new tires and manufacturing coating that has to wear off as you drive on them??
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Granules of salt and dirt will make any tire lose grip. Combined with snow and other junk on the ground it means slow down/go easy on driving etc ;)
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Welcome to the world of driving a sporty car in slippery conditions.
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Update. I swapped my winter set to Michelin X Ice Snow and they are much better. Thanks all for your input.
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aliken wrote: Update. I swapped my winter set to Michelin X Ice Snow and they are much better. Thanks all for your input.

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georvu wrote: Long shot but could it be due to new tires and manufacturing coating that has to wear off as you drive on them??
This is what happened to me 10 years ago on my E90 and a new set of Gislaved winter tires that had awesome reviews. It took a week for them to feel stable on the road.
On my F30, I didn't have this issue at all with a new set of Blizzaks.

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