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Chalk test in winter?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by nermalgod, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Dec 10, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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    nermalgod

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    New tires were installed today. The roads are covered in salt and tons of snow is expected tonight which will make a mess. How exactly should I go about a chalk test in winter? I'm thinking about using blue chalk from a chalk line. I'll never see white chalk on my tires with all the salt on the road. Anyone have any hints?
     
  2. Dec 10, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    They have colored sidewalk chalk for the kiddos you could try. All sorts of pretty.......I mean..........darker colors. :eek:
     
  3. Dec 10, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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    use a colored chalk? like in a chalk line its blue or red
     
  4. Dec 10, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    If you're driving through snow, then the chalk test won't be valid anyway.

    You can't check for uneven wear if you're driving on an uneven surface to begin with...
     
  5. Dec 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    They are new tires. He is trying to determine the proper air pressure.
    That depends on the tire size though. My 255/85-16 run at 42 +/- 2 psi.
     
  7. Dec 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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    I know, but the chalk test relies on the chalk wearing off evenly after driving on even roads...
     
  8. Dec 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    Yes, new tires. They are LT235/85/16 General Grabber AT2s. The shop filled them to 25. I don't know why. That's way too low. They'll take 80 psi so I need to find the sweet spot. 15 inches of snow coming tonight. So far, impressed by the incredible traction this size and style offers.
     
  9. Dec 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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    Can you give me some feedback on the winter traction?

    Or anyone else for that matter.

    I sell a lot of the General Grabber SRL (Red Label) and I haven't gotten much feedback on the wet/ice/snow traction.

    Any help would be awesome.

    -Jeff @ Camburg
     
  10. Dec 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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    I just noticed my alignement seems to be off due to this method also.
     
  11. Dec 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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    DO NOT USE RED !!!!!! :eek:

    The pigment used in the red is more perminant than the blue. Once that red gets on your truck you will regret it.

    I spent many years in the construction industry doing layout, and used many gallons of both red and blue chalk in my chalk boxes. We only used red when we wanted something to last a very long time.

    Trust me on this one.........
     
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