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@ousekjarr, Thanks, might be handy for the next car. Of course I might then have to find somewhere to store them as the guy who changes them over includes storage in the price. #nosuchthingasafreelunch! NehNeh
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@mooney058, @under a new name, Sorry, Yes I did mean +7 degrees!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Small front wheel drive cars even with normal (summer) tyres can tackle amazingly bad conditions and just keep going, the crucial point is not to stop on a hill but to plug on steadily ideally in third gear and to hope that there is no one stuck ahead (in particular larger car with rear wheel drive) or if there is to go around it if there is no one coming down!
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@FFIRMIN, ...and if you try this technique perhaps the other crucial point is to avoid the police in Germany, and the Gendamerie in Usine and on the roads up to Les Arc, and make sure that you don't have even a small incident in CH, ... and avoid going downhill from Nax, Vercorin, Saas Fee, Montana, anywhere around Martigny and up to Les Marecottes....oh...and don't drive through Austria either.
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Record temperature just reported for Gosport. You really don't need winters today. Laughing
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Take your point valais2 but worked a treat on approach to Horsham (West Sussex) at midnight a few years back and also many years ago on the hill going up to Luton airport when everyone else was stationary (no gain however as the flight was delayed 12 hours but at least we got to the departure loung while there were still seats available! Wouldnt dream of driving to the mountains in Europe in winter without chainsm cant count how many unused sets I have swapped for different ones as my cars have changed, its an expensive business but safety first.
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Gordyjh wrote:

I have found it costs me £60 to get my tyres changed over and stored, so £120 per annum. I canít seem to find a set of wheels for a Mazda CX5 cheap enough to make it worth having the winter tyres permanently mounted so I just swap wheels. Does anyone here know where I can get some? I have tried Googling 2ndhand wheels, fleabay & Amazon & it looks like it would set me back a lot more than it will cost me to continue with my current arrangement over the expected lifetime of the car.


Have you tried contacting local salvage yards? The other thing you can do (if you haven't already), is set the wheel specification you need as a saved search on eBay so you get automatic emails if anyone posts an ad using that spec.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@FFIRMIN, is Horsham Alpine? So much for global warming! wink
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Horsham en alpe!! Well there is a tricky [in snow] hill approaching the town by pass from the West (from the direction of Epsom)!
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I drove to Lake Tahoe recently with a friend. At certain points on the road where the gradient ahead is severe there are checkpoints and you must either fit chains at that point or have a 4x4 with winter tyres fitted. Was a bit of a pain in that it created a choke point and a bit of a jam - but not that bad - and the good thing was that enterprising local folks turned up at the checkpoint and offered to install chains for you (and sell you a set if you didnít have any). Seemed to be a pretty sensible solution overall I have to say.
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@Blackblade, the chain fitting thing nominally ought to happen like that in France, minus the entrepreneurship, but has singularly failed for whatever reason.

CH, DE, AT have is much more sensible whereby you have good reason to have Winters, which will keep you moving in all but the worst conditions. In 11 winters, with AWD + winters I have never had a problem, despite a few really quite extreme conditions.
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@FFIRMIN, ...agreed it is a good technique in the contexts you describe. In the 1990s I had a very basic VW 1200cc Beetle on ridiculously narrow tyres, and that would chug up everything on the snow if you anticipated things in the way you describe. I drove from Brighton to deepest Kent in 8 inches of fresh, and passed cars on their roofs in the ditch, huge backlogs on hills where people had slid backwards into each other, and various collisions - just kept my head, stayed chugging in third and that was fine....
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
valais2 - exactly our experience en route to Horsham en Alpe, on that occasion I was actually the passenger beside a rather nervous owner/driver who hadnt drive on snow before and ...... yes ....... her car was a [newish] VW Beetle. I kept encouraging her to just "keep going, keep going, you are doing fine, keep your foot steady on the accelerater and in third gear, keep going" and lo and behold we got to the top of the hill and on into town and home, the alternative is unthinkable with us both in "party frocks" and "tilly tarts trotters" on our way back from our office party (no we werent over the top on alcohol) from an evening which was dry and clear in the early part and then the snow came at about 10.00 pm and completely caught us all out.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
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Gordyjh wrote:

I have found it costs me £60 to get my tyres changed over and stored, so £120 per annum. I canít seem to find a set of wheels for a Mazda CX5 cheap enough to make it worth having the winter tyres permanently mounted so I just swap wheels. Does anyone here know where I can get some? I have tried Googling 2ndhand wheels, fleabay & Amazon & it looks like it would set me back a lot more than it will cost me to continue with my current arrangement over the expected lifetime of the car.


Have you tried contacting local salvage yards? The other thing you can do (if you haven't already), is set the wheel specification you need as a saved search on eBay so you get automatic emails if anyone posts an ad using that spec.


Gordon, there's a very useful wheel fitment comparison at wheel-size.com. I can't recall how old your truck is, but it tells me the recent CX5s have a 5x114.3 PCD which you can then see is shared with https://www.wheel-size.com/pcd/5x114.3/

You need to pay some heed to offsets (I always get them the wrong way around), less heed to rim width (usually smaller than standard is fine) and diameter (small is better and compensate with higher tyre profile). I bet you'll find a set for a Dacia Duster for less than Mazda, or perhaps the Aston rims for a bit of winter bling?
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Thanks Andrew. I didnít know it was so complicated!

I have searched on Breakerlink.com but not got anything sensible price-wise.
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So the wheel size website gives me a whole lot of information that needs translating. The rim is 7Jx19ET50. If I go to the wheel size tab it doesnít seem to ask about these measurements. Is it possible to get wheels of this size from a cheaper car and would they be ok on my car? I assume CB is centre bore. What is THD or offset? Are they critical?
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