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post #131 of 155 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 10:57:PM
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I have to wonder what I've been missing in the traction department all these years...

After reading this thread for so long, today I got my first chance to drive my Transit on snow / packed snow. (We usually get slush and ice, but this year we're starting with snow and very cold - for us - temps in the low-teens.) I was a bit concerned what I'd find after everyone complaining about the stock setup - but...

...I thought it was fine! It certainly does a lot better than my S-10 did, which isn't surprising as the S-10 had almost no weight at all in the back.

The traction control kicked in only a handful of times when accelerating from a stop, and the only time I felt any attempt at kicking to the side was when I (on purpose) goosed it a bit on a right turn. I do have the Ecoboost engine but am quite light on the throttle normally.

I have the stock Continental tires.

Might get up to 32F tomorrow, then in the 60s on Tuesday! Weather in Oklahoma... We'll have our next winter blast next weekend, this time we'll be in the upper-20s / low-30s so will get our usual slush and ice. Might get to find out what that's like...

Anyway, the Transit drives quite well to my limited experience - so now you all have me wondering just what I've been missing! Of course a dedicated set of snow tires seems pointless here, we typically get these 1-2 day blasts of icy weather and bad roads maybe 3-4 times each winter otherwise it's dry and clear. My usual MO is to simply stay home those few days and avoid the idiots still trying to do the speed limit on ice!
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It's usually the Hankooks that are terrible in slush or snow. The Continentals don't seem to get as many complaints.

I went with Nokian Haap.... CR3s to replace the Hankooks on all 4 corners. Oh my God, what a difference. Had them installed just before this recent snow fall and highly recommend these tires for our vans. If the tires would hold up in summer I would leave them on but they would wear out quickly. So, the search for tires to replace the Hankooks for spring has begun.

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Every time I've gotten a new vehicle I always find an empty parking lot after the first snow and put it threw it's paces.

I want to know exactly what it's gonna do under any circumstances.

Plus it's just plain fun. 😁

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Every time I've gotten a new vehicle I always find an empty parking lot after the first snow and put it threw it's paces.

I want to know exactly what it's gonna do under any circumstances.

Plus it's just plain fun. 😁

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I do this too, took my son to the mall his first winter driving and let him have at it. After about 30 minutes a police officer stopped him and was pretty upset when he first came up to the car. After my son explained that he was practicing for winter driving, the office seemed quite impressed and believes more kids should do the same, with supervision. Clearly, if I wasn't with him, things may have ended differently 🤔

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I have Continental on front they are fine but on rear they where not great in snow or slush allways had TCS turning on. My where with 25k miles too.

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I've probably got 500 miles now on my four Haak / Nokian CR3's, and I second the others' opinions in that they are great tires. With the Conti's, I was getting stuck in 3-4 inches of loose partially plowed and driven on snow on the roads. They were horrible on flat roads and no way would I attempt to climb any incline with loose snow on it. The CR3's took about 100 miles to break in (I suspect there was a factory film on the surface or something). Now with my nearly empty 350 wagon, I feel like I can go anywhere in the snow. I've even tried doing donuts in an icy parking lot a few times, and it's not any fun with the CR3's because they don't slide! Well worth the money to me in Wisconsin.
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Good article on winter tires.

https://www.outsideonline.com/214416...inter-tires-do
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I put two of the Continental's on the back of mine after having a terrible time with the Hankook's and it is a major improvement.. I got a deal on the two tires from my Ford dealer but want to buy them online from now on and just get them put on when I get an oil change. Where is the best tire prices online now please?

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I have gotten stuck in my flat driveway in a couple inches of snow with stock tires. Have Cooper A/T3's on now and have only had to chain up going up very steep and deep roads. The Thule (now Konig) chains have been lifesavers though when needed, but nothing will save you if its deep enough. Got buried to the bumpers last week and a passing snowcat was able to pull me out backwards!
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