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Old 03-13-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Default When are you taking off your studded snow tires this year?

Hi everyone,
This is our first Maine winter. I believe studded winter tires must come off by Mar 31 or so, but am curious as to when you're replacing your studded tires with your "regular" tires?
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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I personally don't know anyone who runs studs.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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No...they have to be off by the end of April. You have time. Get them off early as it saves wear on them for next year. You won't need them much now. There will be black ice to contend with at night but drive slow over dull looking wet sections and you'll be fine.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:00 AM
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I personally don't know anyone who runs studs.
This tells me, we need to get together more often. I run studs on the Aveo. I could tell the difference in driving, being a little light car, the studs really did help.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:10 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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They are a waste of time on the "Pompous". any amount of snow the studs would work with usually packs up under the low riding SOB and raises it up enough so that the tires don't hit the ground.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Our daughter's truck has studs. She was often on the road coming home from practice at 9 pm when there were black ice spots. DOT did a lousy job on Rt 1 (including a plow) north of the reservation so we were grateful for the extra grip on the ice. They'll come off in a couple of weeks when she takes it in to have the oil changed.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I takes our studs off in mid-April.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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This tells me, we need to get together more often. I run studs on the Aveo. I could tell the difference in driving, being a little light car, the studs really did help.
Indeed we do. Sorry... I likely wouldn't have noticed unless we had talked about it, or I had heard you driving on pavement.

I used to run 4 studded snows on all my vehicles out west. I started with only the back but one day I couldn't get around right turn I was making onto a road that branched off in the middle of a left turning curve.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I'm taking mine off after maple sugaring season. Our sugarhouse is on the worst road imaginable, so I'll wait until It's over, wash the truck, put on summer wipers, and switch to summer tires. When I do that it feels like a different vehicle. It goes from 25 to 30 mpg too, so that will be a relief.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Belfast, Maine
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I have 3 vehicles and don't run studs at all...Kia Rio, Honda CRV and Jeep Wrangler.

If I had them on mine I probably would have taken them off last week.
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