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Winter Wheels or just tires?

snow ice

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#1 ohio81


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 11:37 AM

My husband recently bought a 2015 MKZ AWD with 19" aluminum wheels.  I drove his car last night and could not believe how awful it was on ice.  I looked into getting him snow tires, but they are way more expensive than the ones I bought for my van.  It seems cheaper and maybe (?) better to buy 18" wheels and snow tires.  I'm really confused about a few things:


1.  Do I need to buy OEM wheels or can I just buy some cheaper ones from Tire Rack or another site?

2.  I'm assuming it won't change the brakes, suspension etc to have 18" instead of 19"?

3.  Do I need tire pressure sensors?

4.  Am I missing anything?


Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



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#2 MKZMark


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 12:29 PM

Hi Nora, there is a thread two down from this one, "changing wheels for winter" that discusses this. You can buy cheap steel wheels with snow tires, the wheel can be smaller diameter but the wheel/tire combination has to be right.

#3 drolds1


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 12:56 PM

Here's the thread MKZMark referred to.


WRT TPMS sensors, you don't "need' them, technically speaking.  However, without them, the warning light be on constantly until the OE wheels are reinstalled in the Spring.  Obviously, you'll have to monitor TP yourselves, as we did for decades before the advent of TPMS and we should continue to do anyway.  You and your husband will have to decide if you want to add the sensors to the winter wheels.


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