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FYI...... #13-03-10-001A: Information on Tire Cold Weather Cracking - (Jan 30, 2014) Subject: Information on Tire Cold Weather Cracking Models: 2012-2014 Buick Regal GS 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport 2012-2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Z/28 2013-2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS with RPO 1LE 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette Z51, SS Attention: Advise customers of these vehicles that they are equipped with a high performance summer-only tire that will have reduced traction performance at temperatures below approximately 40°F (5°C). GM recommends installing winter tires if driving below these temperatures. Avoid driving, moving, or test-driving vehicles equipped with high performance summer-only tires below 20°F (−7°C), as operating at these temperatures can cause damage to the tires. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cold Weather OperationThe vehicles referenced above are all equipped with 3 season performance tires commonly referred to as “Summer Tires.” The rubber used in these tires loses flexibility and may develop surface cracks(1) in the tire tread/shoulder area at colder temperatures. Refer to the photos below for examples. Surface cracks are cosmetic and will not result in a loss of air, however special tread and compounds used on these performance tires will cause a decrease in performance in cold climates. Driving with high performance summer tires on snow, ice or cold road surfaces may cause loss of control. Important: While the cracking will not result in air loss, it is damaging to the tire. Tires that have been used in cold climates and exhibit tread cracks should be discarded. Tire Surface Cracks 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport The 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport is equipped with 245/40R18 and 275/35R18 Pirelli P-Zero Nero (RPO RKK) ultra-high performance summer tires. Please advise customers that this vehicle is equipped with an ultra-high performance summer tire that will have reduced traction performance at temperatures below approximately 5°C (40°F). GM recommends installing winter tires if driving below these temperatures. Avoid driving, moving, or test-driving CTSs equipped with Pirelli P-Zero Nero (RPO RKK) tires below -7°C (20°F) as operating at these temperatures can cause damage to the tires. Refer to the latest version of Corporate Bulletin Number 04-03-10-013: Driving Characteristics of Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles and Available Winter Tires for further information on available replacement winter tires for cold climate operation. Additionally, dealers in the United States may call the GM Tire Program at 877-728-4737 for help with late season tire availability or substitutions. 2012-2014 Camaro Models RPO (ZL1, 1LE or Z28) The Camaro ZL1 and RPO 1LE vehicles come with 285/35ZR20 and/or 305/35ZR20 Goodyear F1 Supercar G2 D.O.T. approved ultra high performance, track capable summer tires as standard equipment. The Camaro Z/28 is equipped with 305/30ZR19 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R of similar capabilities. All of these Camaro models tires are not intended to be driven on snow, ice or road surfaces below -7°C (20°F). If the ambient temperature in your location is at or below -7°C (20°F), DO NOT MOVE THIS VEHICLE. Driving the vehicle, when the temperature is below -7°C (20°F), may result in surface cracks in the tread area of the tire. Refer to the latest version of Corporate Bulletin Number 04-03-10-013: Driving Characteristics of Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles and Available Winter Tires for further information on available replacement winter tires for cold climate operation. 2014 Corvette, Corvette Z51 The 2014 Corvette is equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP Runflat tires. This tire is an ultra high performance, track capable summer tire. This tire has reduced capability below 5°C (40°F) and it is recommended that suitable Winter Tires be fitted below this temperature. Avoid driving, moving, or test-driving Corvettes equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires below -7°C (20°F) as operating at these temperatures can cause damage to the tires. Refer to the latest version of Corporate Bulletin Number 04-03-10-013: Driving Characteristics of Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles and Available Winter Tires for further information on available replacement winter tires for cold climate operation. 2014 Chevrolet SS The 2014 SS is equipped with Bridgestone ultra-high performance summer tires. This tire has reduced capability below 5°C (40°F) and it is recommended that suitable Winter Tires be fitted below this temperature. Refer to the latest version of Corporate Bulletin Number 04-03-10-013: Driving Characteristics of Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles and Available Winter Tires for further information on available replacement winter tires for cold climate operation. 2012-2014 Buick Regal GS The 2012–14 Regal GS is equipped with ultra-high performance summer tires. This tire has reduced capability below 5°C (40°F) and it is recommended that suitable Winter Tires be fitted below this temperature. Refer to the latest version of Corporate Bulletin Number 04-03-10-013: Driving Characteristics of Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles and Available Winter Tires for further information on available replacement winter tires for cold climate operation. Tire StorageIt is recommended that Summer tires are stored indoors at temperatures above -7°C (20°F) when not in use. If the tires have been subjected to -7°C (20°F) or less, let them warm up in a heated space to at least 5°C (40°F) for 24 hours or more before being installed or driving a vehicle on which they are installed. Inflate the tires only after they have been warmed above 5°C (40°F). Do not place tires near heaters or heating devices used to warm the room where the tires are stored. Do not apply heat or blow heated air directly on the tires. Always inspect tires before use after being stored. Customer InformationPlease share this information with the customer, including a copy of this message.

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Below 40*, hmmm, can't seem to remember what that feels like. :lol

I can! :facepalm:

So what you're saying is....don't drive my car when it looks like this outside? :smilelol

OK....I wont! :laughing gut bustin:

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Hell, I don't drive mine in the rain...not for fear of melting...but traction is an issue. I had an '87 IROC-Z many years ago. One snowy/icy Kansas day, I was stopped at a light. When the light turned green, she started to go sideways...and all I did was take my foot off the brake. :lol

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Great. The 2014 has a winter driving mode but the tires arent. Makes sense to me.

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