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AndyW
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posted December 15, 1999 06:16 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I have four of the alpines 175-70-13's on my 88 Honda Accord. When the roads are wet these tires make a loud high pitched wining noise. They sound quiet on dry roads. I haven't driven them in snow yet. Does anyone know if this is normal for this tire? Even with the radio on you can still hear this high pitched noise. thanks Andy.

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rickh
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posted December 15, 1999 07:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote

I was just getting ready to post the same question. I have a Camry with the same tires (different size) and also noted this noise only on wet roads. I Thought I was developing a drive train problem when I first heard it. Aside from the noise(probably from the sipping), I think it's a great tire in the dry considering it is a snow tire. Have yet to try it on ice. Have you used it in the snow/ice yet?

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bikor
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posted December 15, 1999 11:13 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I haven't driven mine in rainy conditions yet this fall - it has been a very dry one. With all those sipes, a whine would not surprise me. I have been very impressed with how smooth and quiet they are on dry roads - much better than the touring tires I had been using on the same vehicle.

I have an older design snow tire on my other car, and road noise, even in the dry, is much more pronounced. That design has lots of sipes on it as well.

I finally got to drive on ice and snow last night with the tires--2" of snow with freezing slush on the bottom. My ABS kicked in a few times. They seemed to hold pretty well, though, for traction and for sideways stability. I have heard good comments about their abilities on ice and snow.

The design is kind of avant garde--looking at them, you wouldn't think they'd be very good in snow. I'd be interested in how these things work, from the scientific perspective.

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bikor
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posted December 15, 1999 11:24 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I haven't driven mine in rainy conditions yet this fall - it has been a very dry one. With all those sipes, a whine would not surprise me. I have been very impressed with how smooth and quiet they are on dry roads - much better than the touring tires I had been using on the same vehicle.

I have an older design snow tire on my other car, and road noise, even in the dry, is much more pronounced. That design has lots of sipes on it as well.

I finally got to drive on ice and snow last night with the tires--2" of snow with freezing slush on the bottom. My ABS kicked in a few times. They seemed to hold pretty well, though, for traction and for sideways stability. I have heard good comments about their abilities on ice and snow.

The design is kind of avant garde--looking at them, you wouldn't think they'd be very good in snow. I'd be interested in how these things work, from the scientific perspective.

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Searcher_one
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posted December 15, 1999 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Searcher_one   Click Here to Email Searcher_one     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
You'll find that noise with most snow/ice tires. The siping, multicell compound, whatever, creates the noise in the wet as it sucks the water away from the road/ice/snow. With my Blizzaks, if you get off the gas, its quiet, but once you touch the gas... whine away.

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Dick
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posted December 15, 1999 05:45 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Same thing for me, I am driving a Nissan Maxima, wich is a very quiet car, but those Artic Alpin are very but very noisy on wet road,for the ride it's good and normal because the soft sidewall, handling on dry pavement is so so compared to my O.E tires.

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