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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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I have a 2010 Ford Focus Coupe installed with regular 4 season tires. I heard the winter this year might get really nasty, so I want to install snow tires for my car, which might cost me $600. My car is front wheel drive, so I wonder if I can switch only the front wheels to snow tires and save me some $$. Has anyone tried this before? Is it safe?

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It's doable, but it isn't the most safe. You will have tons of traction on the driven wheels, which is good, but you will have considerably less traction on the rear wheels, which can be dangerous in corners. If you turn into a corner in the snow and are not on the gas, the rear will slide out causing you to lose control. I'm not sure about the laws for you, but here tire shops have to put new tires on the rear if you only buy 2, for the same reason.

If you live in an area where the roads are plowed, I would stick with all seasons and drive carefully. If the roads aren't plowed very often get a set of 4 snow tires.
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Do you honestly need snow tires to begin with? I've lived in rural Minnesota my whole life and plowed snow and never fitted them once.
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Its a Ford Focus. Not a snow plow. Get them on all 4. You can find a nice set of 4 used on Craig's list for well under $300. Used winter tires, even studded, are just fine used. If you get studded, though, make sure the tires continue rotating the same way as they were before. You can tell this by the direction the styds are leaning.
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Its a Ford Focus. Not a snow plow. Get them on all 4. You can find a nice set of 4 used on Craig's list for well under $300. Used winter tires, even studded, are just fine used. If you get studded, though, make sure the tires continue rotating the same way as they were before. You can tell this by the direction the styds are leaning.
FWD dude. I rarely use 4WD, instead rock RWD with all terrains. Works fine.
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Why do you insist people don't need them? There is such a thing as precaution. Tis better to be prepared for the worst and have naught but sunny days, that to be caught in a blizzard without a coat.
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Snow tires are expensive man. Depending on where you live, they're not worth your money.
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You can get a "decent" set here for $150 on CL for that car.
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Well it really depends where you live and the weather. Last year we got like 3 days of snow, and I only had to drive a couple hundred meters on unplowed roads, before I got to the main road where it's just slush, in which all seasons do just fine. Wouldn't even be worth my time to change the tires.
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So... OP? Where do you live?
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