Change of summer tires with winter

At higher altitudes is already the first snow. Now it is time to convert from summer to winter tires. We have compiled the most important tips for change:

Step 1: Review of Winter

The law requires an overall minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimeters, but for security reasons the ADAC recommends winter tires from a tread depth of four millimeters exchange. No later than at the age of ten years, a tire should also be replaced - the date is hidden in the DOT number on the sidewall. The same applies if tires or wheels show signs of damage. Show up on the sidewall bulges or deep cracks, this indicates damage to the carcass. The tire needs to be replaced immediately. If new winter tires are necessary for the car, is the ADAC winter tire test the consumer a good overview of current tire models.

Step 2: Identification of the tires

Before disassembling the Summer should be marked with chalk ("FR" for "front right", "BL" for "left behind"). This approach facilitates the assembly after the winter.

Step 3: The correct pressure

The tire pressure before storing increase by 0.5 bar. Because the winter tires lose air and can cause damage. If they are activated again in the spring, they also have sufficient pressure in order to get safely to the next gas station.

Step 4: Storage The correct

Tires on rims should be stacked one above the other or individually suspended on special wall hook. Tires without rims must vertically, standing on a dry, not contaminated with oil or gasoline ground. Furthermore, they should be rotated every few weeks by a quarter of the circumference. Tires like it cool, dry and dark.

Who would not want to change his own tires, you should contact as soon as possible for an appointment with a specialist in conjunction. There, the tires can be stored through the winter as well for a fee. The ADAC recommends consumers beforehand seek multiple quotes because the charges for exchange and storage may partially differ.