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    Junior Soul
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    Soul in Snow

    Hey guys,

    So I know there are a lot of threads that say how the soul handles in snow. But I heard some reports the the soul can't move up a hill with the OEM hankook tires from a stop and also how the sheet metal warps when it's below freezing. Is this true? Also how do you think the soul handels in the snow? I'm driving in snowy conditions for the first time this coming Monday and snowboarding also and would like to make it there and back in one piece. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks

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    It sucks. Just take your time and you will be ok and stay on the road.

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    Can't speak for the OEM Hankooks but the OEM Nexens that UK Soul's come with aren't the best! Saying that I've just got back from a 1700 mile round trip to a ski resort in the French Alps where the Soul really impressed. The temperature didn't really get above -20oC/-4oF the whole time and the car started first turn of the key after being parked for a week. The various electronic systems, ESP/ABS etc worked well and inspired confidence and the Soul sailed past numerous more expensive stranded cars. I did switch off the stability system once for a few seconds when pulling away on a steep snow covered hill I was struggling on and back on as soon as I got traction. We also drove through unbelievable freezing rain on the way back and the car had about an inch of ice build up on panels by the time we got home. We had to stop regularly on the way to scrape the windows but the weather was the worst I've encountered in 20+ years and I was really worried what damage I was doing to my new car. However after a jet wash when I got back she looks as good as new. Just drive sensibly and the Soul will impress, I'm going to fit an all season tire like the Goodyear Vector 4 season and hopefully the next time I go skiing/boarding it'll be even better.

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    Hearing how bad the stock tires were in snow I put a set of Goodyear snow tires on my Soul. With the snow tires on my Soul is like a little tank in the snow. As far as the sheet metal warping, I personally have not seen any of this on my Soul and we have had some very cold days/nights here in NY.


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    I think I need to repost this photo of our last snow fall a week ago, and we just got another major dump, but this time with high winds, so hardly any snow on the car this time. There were drifts on my driveway that were 6" higher than the front of the snow-throwers front chute.



    I don't drive much in these conditions (retired so I don't have to), but what I have done I really haven't encountered much problems with the OEM 18" Nexens.
    My previous Kia, '08 Rondo EX 2.4L which I owned for four years, I did encountered extremely bad conditions (worked nights and live out in the country) but again never had much in the way of any major problems driving with the OEM 16" Hankook's on that vehicle, but I do drive to the conditions that are present - taking it slowly, using the manual shift to start off in 2nd gear and using it to slow down at stops, making sure my vehicle is fully cleared of snow before traveling, etc.

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    I had the best laugh in a long time, watching people in the N.E. US, spinning their tires (all brands) trying to just negotiate the very slight grade going into a gas station.
    It was very apparent, that people, probably born and raised in that part of the country, had NO idea how to drive in the snow.

    I was born and raised in Iowa, and spent most of my working years driving around Central Illinois, in Company cars, wagons and vans, with NO snow tires. We were expected to drive with whatever came on the (leased) car. My solution was to load up the car or van with all the dead weight I could find, then drop the air pressure in the driven tires to around 20 psi and then drive wherever I wanted to go.

    Now the problem with front wheel drive cars is that you can't easily increase the weight on the driven wheels. But, you can still increase your traction by putting more rubber on the road. You do that by letting some air out of your front tires, down to about 20 psi.

    I had to do that Yesterday, when I was pulling my 800# steel and wood Road Drag, to smooth out my Sand Road.


    As soon as the drag began to load up with sand, my front tires began spinning. I first had to shut off the ESP and that helped a little, but I still had minimal traction.
    Then I got out with Tire Pressure Gauge in hand and dropped the pressure in my front tires (OEM, Hankook Optimo tires) to 20 psi. I got back in the car and drove away with that drag like it wasn't even there. I spent the next half hour or so, pulling that drag up and down my road, smoothing it out, with no more traction problems.
    I've done that same thing in snow, so many times, with so many different types of vehicles, that I have no doubt at all that I could take my little Kia Soul up North and have no problem getting around in the snow.

    Back in Illinois, I've stopped to help drivers that were stuck in the snow, and their tires were fully inflated, and the point where the rubber meets the road was no bigger than the palm of your hand. In most cases, all I had to do is drop their tire pressure, to put more rubber on the road and drive their car out of the place where they were stuck.

    *Two things about driving with LOW tire pressure. First you're going to see your TPMS (tire pressure light) come on. Next you should not want to drive at Interstate speeds with low tire pressure.

    For the past 25 years, I've lived out here in the sand dunes of central Florida, and I've been dragging my road, with all sorts of vehicles, 2 had 4WD, but most were only FWD, like the Kia Soul. Never have I had snow or mud tires or any off-road tire at all. I've always used diminished tire pressure to compensate for lack of traction.
    This Florida sugar sand is brutal! It's as bad as any snow or ice I've ever driven in. The drier it gets, the more powdery it gets and the worse the traction.

    So I encourage anyone having traction problems with their Soul, to just drop off some tire pressure as see if that doesn't help.

    happy driving!
    TechnoMage
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    Conwelpic, that picture sure brings back (not so fond) memories. Many a morning, I've gone out to get in my car or van to go to work and it looked just like that. That picture makes me just a little bit homesick, for the Mid-West. I actually enjoyed the snow, it was the cold that I couldn't take anymore.

    The nice thing about all that snow on top is that it adds weight to the car, and actually increases traction. I wouldn't brush it off.



    My favorite caption for the above picture......"Keep digging...It's in there somewhere!"



    Yes, I had to Photoshop this picture. That's the only way my little SX4 was ever going to be seen in snow.


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    Last edited by TechnoMage; 02-10-2013 at 02:36 PM.
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    Thanks guys for all the responses. I'm thinking very soon I'm going to switch to the Michelin Primacy MXV4. A little bit later today when I'm on my laptop ill need to know what kind of show chain to get if I decide to go up again real soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifeguard Soul View Post
    Thanks guys for all the responses. I'm thinking very soon I'm going to switch to the Michelin Primacy MXV4. A little bit later today when I'm on my laptop ill need to know what kind of show chain to get if I decide to go up again real soon.
    Those particular tires don't come in 55's .

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    Ok so I'm looking at these tire chains and I want them off of amazon cause I can save about $70 with free two day shipping. The only issues is that I don't know which ones to get. :?

    Amazon.com: Thule CL-10mm Super-Premium Passenger Car Snow Chain: Automotive


    Quote Originally Posted by dmwagner View Post
    Those particular tires don't come in 55's .
    Tirerack and my Costco says they have them...

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