Tire Size Issues Part 2

Changing tire sizes

by Dakota
(Benton, MO, USA)

I have a 185/60/r15 have to me so my 2000 mustang can get off of a doughnut. The original tire size is supposed to be 205/65/15 but will this replacement work?


Editorial Comment:
The new tire you propose has a diameter of 1.75 inches less than the original tires on your 2000 Mustang. It is not clear if you have just one tire you wish to use or whether you intend to change all 4 to this size, but in either case it is not a move that I would recommend.

In the case of one tire it is never advisable to put different sized tires on the same axle, except in extreme emergency situations until you can replace the odd tire.

For changing all 4 you should be looking for a size which preserves the original tire's mounted diameter as closely as possible so that you will not have issues with speedometer readings and fuel consumption differences. As a very rough rule of thumb, whenever you change one of the numbers in a tire's size, the other number should change in the opposite direction. In your case both the first two numbers are smaller than the OEM so even without doing any complicated calculations that leads me to suspect that the change is not going to work.

Check out our Tire Size Calculator to compare different sized tires.

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Tires and Rim Sizes for Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

Will 215/65/17 size tires fit on the stock rims of a Chevrolet Silverado? It has a 245 / 70/17 size factory tire on it now

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Moving from a 195/60 R16 to a 205/65 R16

by Joseph
(Melbourne, Australia)

I recently scratch the aluminum wheel on a Peugeot 2008 on the curb of car park building. Car park buildings in Melbourne have tight corner entry. I also think the current aluminum wheels is wide enough to accommodate a 205 and provides a better sidewall buffer and softer ride. The Outdoor model of the 2008 is fitted with a 205/50 R17.

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Changing tire and rim size on 2003 ranger 4wd

I am looking to change wheel size from 16" wheels to 15" wheels and on the door jamb sticker the standard tire size is 245/75r16. My question is what would be the correct tire size for the 15" wheel? Would I just change the 16 to a 15 in the original tire size?

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Tire Size of 205/70R15 for 2009 Toyota Corolla LE

by RR
(Vermont)


We have a chance of getting 4 studded winter tires size 205/70R15 o for our 2009 Toyota Corolla LE that normally uses 195/65R15. Will they work?


Editorial Comment:

At a quick glance I'd guess that this would not be a good bet.

The rule of thumb I use in swapping tire sizes is that if one of the numbers in the size increases, one of the other numbers should decrease -- which has not happened in this case because both the 205 and the 70 are bigger.

Use our Tire Size Calculator to see the exact differences, but you usually want to stay within 2% of the original tire size to have the most desirable match.


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different size tires

by Patrick
(NY)

Can you put 205/55/R16 tires on the front of a vehicle and P205/60/R15 on back of vehicle? Will it cause a problem?
Iut is a 2008 Nissan Sentra.

Editorial Comment:

Generally speaking there isn't much of a problem in putting different sized tires on the front or back of a vehicle as long as you keep several points in mind.

First, there will be a difference in your speedometer reading if the tires are located on the wheels that provide the vehicle's speed. Also, if the set of tires on your powered axle are different from the OEM size you will experience a change in fuel consumption. Check our Tire Size Calculator to compare the overall size differences.

You should never mix tire sizes on a 4X4 vehicle because this could cause mechanical damage, and never mix sizes on the same axle. This raises the question of what you are going to do about a spare tire. Which one do you carry as a spare, or are you going to carry two spares?

A final point to to make certain that all tires meet or exceed the load and speed rating which is required for your vehicle. Going over the rating is not likely to cause problems, but using under rated tires is begging for early failure of those tires.

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Biggest Tire Size for Mercury Villager

by Joe
(mn)

Low profile large diameter rim

Low profile large diameter rim

Low profile large diameter rim
monster tires
Narrow high profile tire

What is the biggest tire size I can fit on a 2001 Mercury Villager with 16" wheels?


Editorial Comment:

Space within your wheel wells is the most important constraint you face, but even then there may be ways around it if you are willing to take some additional measures.

First, it might be useful if you decide exactly what you wish to achieve by putting on bigger tires. Are you wishing to do this for appearance, performance, or some other reason? Are you prepared to make modifications to your vehicle and/or spend money to reach your end? If so, how much are you willing to spend?

You see, you can mount wider or narrower tires on your stock rims, but only within certain limits. All tires are designed to be mounted on rims of a certain width, but some variation is acceptable. If you go beyond these limits you're going to have to buy different rims.

Apart from making your tires wider or narrower, you can also get tires which have a larger sidewall or a lower sidewall. This may increase the overall diameter of the tire when mounted on the rims or you can keep that total diameter close to the same by reducing the Aspect Ratio.

And you can change the diameter of the wheels as long as you choose rims that match the bolt pattern on your vehicle.

Finally, if you are prepared to do so, you can change the suspension to raise your vehicle. If you raise it enough, you could install virtually any tire and wheel you choose by making the necessary modifications.


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225/60R17 for 2009 Camry

Can I install in my Toyota Camry SE 2009 225-60-17 instead of the OEM 215-55-17?

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Tire Size of 225 70 r14 for 95 Honda Civic

by John
(Vanderbusch)

Is it possible to use a 225 70 r14 tire size on a 95 Honda Civic?


Editorial Comment:


I suppose ANYTHING is possible. Whether or not it is practical depends on what size of tires your Honda Civic now uses.

You might find our Tire Size Calculator to be useful. This would allow you to compare the effects of this tire with the size your Honda uses after you go out an look at the tires which you now have.

If there is less than a 2% difference in the tires then make sure that the speed rating and load rating are equal or better on your proposed tire and you may be OK to go unless this tire is considerably wider than what your Civic uses. In this case you may need to do a test fitting using the wheel well which has the most constricted space and try turning your steering wheel to the extremes on both sides to see if there is any rubbing.




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tire size switch

by brett
(pa.)

I have a 1999 monte carlo Z34 that has 225/60 R16 tires on it. my question is can I put 225/55 R16 tires on front and will they fit my rims

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205/65/15 on 2006 saturn

by john williams
(newfoundland)

Can i put 205/65/15 tires on my 2006 saturn it has 195/60/15 tires now. I have 4 studded winter tires id like to use.

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Changing Tire size for softer ride.

by Kona
(Ohio)

Have a '99 Toyota Tacoma Pre Runner.

Have always had size 225/75-R15 tires. Wanted to go just a little wider thinking it might give me a softer ride.

My mechanic is suggesting size 225/55-R16

Seems that would go a little smaller?

I'm not looking for fat/monster tires nor to go smaller in height. Just looking at a slightly softer ride, less fish tailing so hopefully better handling and traction. Looking at all season since I'm in NW Ohio, but do not use it off road or rarely on rural roads.

I confused in trying to determine the differences between these two options or if another option for my wants/needs. Thanks!

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Upsize 2011 Camry LE 215/60R16 tires to 17 inch

by Krikor Torossian
(Toronto Ontario Canada)

I currently drive a 2011 Toyota Camry LE V6 that rides on P215/60R16 16 inch alloy wheels, the question is can I upgrade my Aluminum Alloy wheels to 17 inches specifically P215/55R17 tires, and also is it safe to do this ? I know that the 2011 Camry SE model uses 17 inches, I was wondering if the same could be done on the LE model without sacrificing safety and gas mileage , or is it gonna throw my speedometer out of wack?

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Summer vs Winter tire sizes

by Tony
(Komoka, Ontario, Canada)

Is it safe and practical to replace 215/55 R17 94H summer tires with 215/65 R16 98T winter tires?

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Tire Size: Switching tires between cars

Can I put my 2002 Buick Lesabre P215/70R15 97S snow tires on my 2014 Ford Focus?

The Ford has 195/65R15 91H tires usually..



Editorial Comment:

I wouldn't recommend this swap because there is more than a 2% difference in the overall diameter of the different tires.

Also, I don't know if you'd be remounting the tires or intending to use the Ford rims on the Buick. I'm not absolutely certain about this, but I would suspect that the bolt pattern on the wheels wouldn't match so you would also need to remove the tires from the Ford rims and remount them on the Buick's.

Check our Tire Size Calculator to find a closer match, if you're interested.

The speed and load ratings of the Buick tires (97S) is greater than the Ford's (91H), however, this would not be a problem but it might be if you were thinking of putting the Ford tires on a Buick..


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Tire Size of 225/60/r17 for 2014 Grand Caravan

by Cory
(Canada)

I have 225 65 r17 my 2014 Grand Caravan currently but want to put 225 60 r17 snow tires on it. Is this ok for winter?


Editorial Comment:


You might find the Tire Size Calculator to be useful in helping you decide what you want to do.

Since you will be having a tire which is not as tall as you previously used you will be losing clearance which may be important if you'll be driving in deep snow. My personal preference would be to stick with the same height or even something a bit taller if you have the space to use a higher tire.



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225/60r16 tires on chevy 2500

by charlie
(biloxi, ms.)

Can i put size 225/60r16 tires on 2500 truck.

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Tire size on my Explorer

2008 Ford Explorer

2008 Ford Explorer

I have P245/65R 17 on my 2008 ford explorer. Can I put P265/65R 17 on it without rubbing anything?

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Tire size: Larger tires on rear

by Paulo canonez
(Brampton canada)

Just a brief question on the tire size for my Toyota Matrix. I put 215/50/R17 in the front and 215/55/R17 on my Matrix ... is there a negative effect of this?


Editorial Comment:


The biggest problem is that you'll always feel like you are going downhill! (lol)

I'm just kidding. There are some vehicles that are designed to run with different sized tires on front and rear, even to the extent of using completely different sized rims.

In my opinion, I can't think of any great problem with doing this provided you first check with our Tire Size Calculator to discover the differences between the two tires and they are less than 2%.

You always want to ensure that you do not mix sizes on the same axle because this can produce mechanical and handling issues and my concern would be about what size of spare tire you are going to carry (unless you decide to carry two).

In spite of not expecting any major problems, I wouldn't advise you to do this except for a temporary measure because of the complications which will arise in case of needing to use the spare and also the limitations imposed in tire rotation.


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Tire Size: Replacing 225/65r16 with 235/75r15

by Gill

I need to know if I can change the tires on my 2008 Town and Country (225/65r16) with the tires on my 1991 F-150 (235/75r15) temporarily?

The reason is simply due to the fact that my tires on the T&C are down to the threads around the outer edges of all four tires and I currently don't have the finances at this time to buy some new or new/used for that matter.

But I do, on the other hand, have some perfectly good tires on my F-150 that's just parked in the driveway taking up space. So my question is can I replace or change those tires with the ones on my van?


Editorial Comment:

The most essential consideration is whether or not the wheels from the F150 will fit your Town and Country.

If the bolt pattern and spacing is different you'll need to purchase new rims which doesn't sound feasible considering you're short of cash. There is no way to safely use 16 inch tires on 15 inch rims.

Even if the bolt patterns match, will the T&C function with 15 inch rims. In many vehicles they are designed to operate with a minimum amount of clearance inside the rim for brakes. You need to determine whether the T&C can use 15 inch rims.

Finally the F150 tires are larger in overall diameter than the T&C's. The difference is more than 4% which exceeds the 2% limit that tire techs place on suitable tire swaps. Check our Tire Size Calculator to compare the differences between these two tires.


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225/70/r16 tires for 2012 town & country

I bought my 2012 town & Country with 225/65/r16. I bought the 225/70/r16 because I find that my van was to low so I had always problem on winter. Once I get stuck because there was lot oF ice/snow in the center of the car and wheels were not touching the ground. The 225/70/r16 i think they can fit but i want to have a expert to help me out

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Tire Size for High Performance Look

by Diane Scroggins
(Pasadena, Ca)


I have a 2015 Kia Rio automatic LX. Standard tires are 185/65R 15.

I want to put 205/45R 17s on my LX like the Kia Rio SX standard tires. Is this ok to do without causing any problems?

Also is there a 16 inch tire I could use as well?

Basically, I'm looking for a high performance look.


Editorial Comment:

The two tires are very close to each other in overall diameter and fall well within the 2% maximum difference which we like to recommend.

Since the larger tires are for a different model of the same car, it would be likely they are substantially the same.

You can use our Tire Size Calculatorif you wish to explore other possibilities.

The big thing to keep in mind is to make sure both the load and speed ratings of any new tire is at least as much or greater that what you currently use.


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Tire Size for Ford Explorer

by edward
(scotland UK)

I want to change the tire size on my 1997 ford explorer from 255 65 16 to 225 70 16. Would this be ok.

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Alternate Tire sizes for 225/50R18

by Kevin
(Cochrane Alberta Canada )

The tire size on my factory rims is 225 50 18. Can I mount a 225 60 18 or a 225 45 18 on my rims and still be safe. And if so which is the better of those 2 options. I am looking at a set of all weather tires for my car but they don't make the exact size that's on my car.

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265-70r17 tires on 2006 chevy uplander

by matt
(norwich ny )

Can I install 265-70r17 tires on a 2006 chevy uplander 8 passenger all wheel drive? Tires that are on now are 225-60r17.

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Single tire different Size

by Patricia
(Springfield, IL)

I had to replace 1 tire on my Nissan Rogue (front wheel drive). The tire guy put a p235 60R17 100T tire on my car. My other tires are p225 60R17 98H. Is this ok? Will this void any warranty on my car?

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Tire Size of 225/60/16 for Hyundai Sonata

by Dee
(ny)

My 2010 hyundai sonata has 215/60/16. Can I run a winter tire that is 228/60/16?


Editorial Comment:

As far as I know there is no winter tire with the size of 228/60R16, unless you are a super wealthy person who is able to have a tire custom made to the size that you want.

I suspect that you made a typo and intended to enter 225/60R16. If that is the case, this size of tire is an acceptable alternative for the 215/60R16.

Use our Tire Size Calculator to see the exact differences between the two sizes and also to see some other possibilities that you might wish to consider.


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Chrysler Town and Country: different size tires

by dawn
(manhattan ks usa)

I have a 2006 Chrysler t and c recommended tires are 215r6516 can keep that size on front and put 225r6516 on the back? if so what are the complications? speed? or rotating them etc..?


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215/65R16 tires and rims for 1993 Toyota Camry

by Dan
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

I need to get new tires for my car and was wondering if going to a larger tire and rim size might help for the winter months and also because I feel it would give a smoother more robust ride to my small car. And also is there an option to extend the wheel base by some how making my tires stick out from my car a bit more?

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245 70r17 on 2006 Buick rendez vous

by Franky
(Montreal Quebec Canada)

I have 225 60r17 tires on my 2006 Buick Rendez vous

Can I replace it with 245 70r17 ?

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Tire size

by Karla
(Epping nh USA )

My 2003 volvo s60 has 195/65/R15 tires on it at the moment. I wanted to know if 205/75/r15 would be compatible

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Kia Sorento tire size

by al
(mableton ga)

can i put 235/70R15 tires on a 2011 kia sorento

Editorial Comment:

If your Kia Sorento currently has wheels which are not 15 inch rims, then 235/70R15 tires will not work unless you also get 15 inch rims to mount them on.

If your Kia now has 15 inch rims, you need to use our Tire Size Calculator to compare this size with the size you now have on the vehicle. As long as the difference in overall size is no more than 2% we can usually consider that the change in size will work without many major difficulty.

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changing original tire size

by Ruben Ramos
(east stroudsburg,pa)

Can i use tire size 185 65 15 instead of 205 65 15

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205/70R15 Tire on R16 rim.


I have 215/60 R16 on my car. Can I put 205/70 R15 on the same rim for winter tires?

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Tire Size of 225/60r/17 on a 225/75/r16 wheel

by Melody Berry
(Memphis Tennessee)

My tires are 225/75r/16.

I got some 225/60r/17. They both have 5 lugs and I want to know if I can I them.


Editorial Comment:


You might find our Tire Size Calculator to be useful. With it you can see the differences between the operating diameter of the two tires and what this would produce in terms of speedometer error and fuel consumption.

Just because the two sets of wheels have 5 lugs each doesn't guarantee that they are interchangeable. It is necessary to measure (or to know) the spacing distance between the lugs which can vary.

If they are not exactly the same you will be forcing one set of wheels to fit on lugs that do not correspond to their holes. This will either damage the rims, or the lugs themselves and cause further problems and expense. Make sure the lug spacing is the same.

And, in case it occurs to you, do NOT even try to move the R17 tires on to an R16 wheel. It can be dangerous in many different ways!



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Using Smaller tires

by Paul
(Birmingham, Al.)

I now have 265/70R17 on my Yukon Denali now. I have found some 265/60R17 tires at a significant savings. What issues would I experience if I was to downsize my tires?

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Different tire sizes summer & winter

by Jimmy
(Syracuse, NY)

I have a Hyundai Sonata 2016 with 215/55r17 summer tires.

Can I use 215/45r17 snow tires on the car?

Editorial Comment:

215/45R17 is a "lower" tire than 215/55R17.

You can tell this by comparing the second numbers in the sizes. The aspect ratio of 45 is less than 55.

Since it might be important to have at least as much clearance when driving in snow, I would prefer to at least maintain the same distance from the ground in any different tire size I chose.

To keep the sizes more or less the same you need to increase the width (215) by enough to make up the difference of 10% of 215, or 21.5mm, so you'd be looking at a tire that would be about 215+21.5, or 236.5 in width. Since this exact number doesn't exist you look for the closest which is available, which--as a quick guess-- might be 235, if that size is available.

Use our Tire Size Calculator to get more precise comparisons and other size possibilities which do not change the overall tire diameter.


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What dangers when replacing 225/60 with 235/55 tires?

by Mike Linhardt
(Bradenton, Fl.)

I have a 2004 Monte Carlo and have 225/60 16 tires with Raised White Letters Goodyear Eagle 1 Nascar tires. It looks great. The ONLY Raised White Letter tires I am able to find are 235/55 16 Futura GLS Super Sport made by Cooper. Whenever I put the information in, it states that these are the improper size. Can I make the change? What will be the dangers?

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tyre size for a 1997 ford explorer

by edward
(inverness scotland UK)

I have recently changed my tires from 255 70 16 to 255 65 16 on my 1997 ford explorer, now she feels weird almost unsafe, feels like she's wondering all over the road especially on the slightest uneven surface, also feels like the shocks have suddenly gone, would changing from 70 to 65 cause this ?

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Changed Tire Size Causing Scraping

by kimberly
(Hemet, California, USA)

1991 Mercedes 300E

1991 Mercedes 300E

My 1991 Mercedes 300E needed tires so my boyfriend took my car to the tire shop and purchased 4 used tires for my car.

195/65 R15 is what I originally had on my car. Well about an hour after he left he returns with my car and it now has 205/65 R15. He gave me some reason for why the change.

Well anyways now my front tire scrapes when I turn and when I'm driving fast and am coming to a stop my car shakes. I don't want to seem ungrateful but my car felt better when I was driving on my bald messed up tires. My ride is a lot rougher now. I drive mostly on the freeway but I wish he would have just replaced my tires with the proper tire for my car. What should I do?


Editorial Comment:

Unless the 195/65R15 tires which were on your vehicle were already too large for your vehicle, I'd be inclined to suspect that the problems you are now experiencing may be just a coincidence which you have come to notice after the change in tires, or something has happened since the tire size change. These tires are barely 1/2 an inch larger in diameter or width.

Using our Tire Size Calculator would show you that while the 205/65R15s are just slightly more than the 2% difference we like to stay within when making size substitutions, the difference does not seem to be enough to provoke the kind of symptoms you have described.

I would recommend you take your vehicle to a reliable mechanic to have it inspected for damages or problems in the steering, suspension and/or body. The symptoms you have described may be the result of some other condition which you will need to have corrected.


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Installing different size tires

My 2008 chev uplander came with 225 60 R17 tires. Can I use 225 55 R17 tires instead?

Editorial Comment:

These tires would fit, but they don't fall within the limit of 2% difference which we usually like to see when we substitute one size for another. If you'd like to stay within this limit, any of the sizes 235/55R17, 245/55R17, or 255/55R17 would work and both you and your Chevy Uplander would be better off. Check out our Tire Size Calculator if you want to compare the details.

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205/55r/16 tires for 2010 nissan cube

by tom
(london, ontario)

I have a 2010 nissan cube with 195/55r/16 summer tires can i put a set of 205/55r/16 winter tires on the rims and car

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205/65/R15 Tire Size front, 205/60/R16 rear

by Passion0217
(Star city, WV)

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry LE with original 205/65r/15 tires on now. The tires have about 4/32 tread left. I also have two winter tires 205/60r/16 on 16 inch wheels (with 4/32 tread too).

I am thinking that for the upcoming winter, I can put the two winter tires 205/60r/16 on the front and keep the 205/65r/15 all season on the rear. the difference between the two tire sizes is only 0.8%.

I do not know if it will be an issue to put the 16 inch winter tires on front and the 15 inch all season on the rear even though the difference is only 0.8%


Editorial Comment:

You are correct that the overall diameter difference between the two tires is only 0.8%.

One thing you do wish to avoid is mixing tire sizes on the same axle. And thinking of this, what are you going to do regarding the spare?

There are only two issues which might affect what you are thinking of doing. The most important of these is the bolt position and spacing on the alternate wheels. If these are the same as on the 15" wheels, you are home free, if not you need to get wheels that are suitable for your vehicle.

The other issue is the speed and load rating of the 16" tires. If these are equal or greater that the originals, again, no problem.

Good Luck.


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245/70/16 to replace 215/70/16

by Carina Gavala
(Hiller, PA)

My sister gave me her Buick rendezvous and it has 215/70/16 on it, n I'm trying to find tires that are in good condition that are cheap enough for me to afford, I found 245/70/16 for $200 and was wondering if they would fit?

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Tire sizing for Toyota Camry

by Stephanie
(Wichita Ks)

I have a 1999 toyota camry with 195 60R16 tires. Im needing all 4 new tires and have found some cheap 225 60R16 tires brand new, and wondering if these are safely compatable with my car?

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Can changing tire size make a suspension really loose?

by Robert
(Jacksonville, FL)

Six months ago I replaced all four tires on my wife's 2010 ford focus and asked if the tire place could go up a size in tires. she previously had low profile tires. The tire place put a larger size on in the same brand, "good year Eagle GT". Ever since then any time we hit a bump in the road over 55MPH the car swerves really bad. It is to the point that at times it is dangerous. At times we not able to go the speed of traffic on the freeway and bridges. I took the car back to the tire place and and explained to them about the suspension and asked them to look at the suspension. I think it may be do to the tires are there any recommendations?

Editorial Comment:

It is difficult to diagnose the cause of your problem just from reading a few comments about what happened and what you are experiencing.

A couple of observations might help in discovering the cause. One thing that occurs to me is to ask if you have adjusted the tire pressure when you changed tire size. Each tire has to have a certain about of air in it in order to support the weight it carries. If you put on a bigger tire (one that has a larger volume of air) you may have to modify the tire pressure to compensate, and in doing so this will affect the hardness of the tires and the steering and control of the vehicle.

Many people have found in changing from low profile to higher profile tires that there is a difference in the handling characteristics of their vehicle.

Apart from that there is a possibility that there may have been some problem with your suspension system which might have appeared around the same time as you changed tires. A good tire tech or mechanic will have to inspect your tires and vehicle first hand to determine the actual cause of your difficulties.

TG

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Tire Size Options - altering OEM size - dangerous?

by Brett
(Hudson, OH USA)

Local tire dealer wants to put 225/60 r17 tires on my BMW X3 that calls for 235/55 R17 -- should I do it?? Are there dangers?

Editorial Comment:

You might find our Tire Size Calculator interesting. It will show you that there is very little difference between the two tire sizes.

That being said, you should be asking why go away from the original size to something different? Is there a significant cost difference, or is the alternative tire more readily available than the other? Does it have a tread design that is better for you that the OEM?

In your case I'd say there is little danger in making a switch PROVIDED you ensure that both the speed rating and load rating of the alternate tire are the same or more than your OEM tires. Remember, however, that if you make a switch you may have a spare tire which is different in size and that would make it impractical to include it in any rotation which you should be doing on a regular basis.

TG

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Tire Size: Smaller Tire for Mercury Mountaineer

by Brandi Monroe
(fort myers fl. 33916)

I do mostly highway driving in a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer.

Can I put smaller tires on?

I would like to replace 235/75/r15 tires with 205/60/r15.



Editorial Comment:

This is so extreme that it almost seems like you are wanting to do to your vehicle what the ancient Chinese did to their women with feet binding!

Your fuel consumption will increase substantially because the wheels will have to turn much further to cover the same distance and you will have a significant speedometer error. You will be travelling much slower than what is reading.

I do NOT recommend this swap in every way possible. Use our Tire Size Calculator to see the precise details of the difference between these two tires.


TG

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Different tire size

by Jill
(Homer City PA)

My 2005 Mazda6 has a tire size of 215/50/17. My friend has a set of tires that are in very good condition but we're not sure they will work. The size is 235/55/17. Can you give us your opinion?

Editorial Comment

You can find out the exact comparison using our Tire Size Calculator but my first impression is that this will not be a good substitution because you are increasing both the width and the sidewall height at the same time. The best size swaps try to maintain an overall tire diameter almost the same in both tires. To put a limit on "almost" we usually like to stay within 2% of the original size.

Without using the calculator I can see that the second tire is considerably larger than the first because 235 is more than 215, but the ratio is also larger going from 50% to 55%. If you wanted to maintain the same total diameter the ratio would need to be less than 50 while increasing the width to 235. I'd guess that 235/45R17 would be the closest you could get to the same diameter, if that size is available.

TG

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tire size for Ford Tarus

by Amanda
(California)

I have a '95 Ford Taurus. Is it possible to switch my 205/65 r15 to 225/70 r15 tires using the original rims. I have a popped tire and have the other tires and rims available if necessary i could use the spare rims for the 225/70. Will they fit in the tire well? Either on original or spare rims?

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215/65R17 tires for 2013 Ford Fusion

Will the 215 65 17 snow ties fit my 2013 Ford Fusion? The stock tires are 235 50 17.

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different sized tires on each side of vehicle

can i drive a vehicle that has a 255/70/16 on one side and a 265/70/16 on the other side

Editorial Comment:

Under normal circumstances a vehicle should have the same sized tires on all wheels, however, there are some vehicles which have different sizes on the front and back.

If you are going to mix sizes, you should have the same sized tire on each axle, so in the situation you were asking about you would be advised to rotate your tires so that each axle has the same size.

TG

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Tire Size Changing - Chevy Trailblazer

My tire size on 04 chevy trailblazer are 235/65r17, will a 235/45r 17 fit?


EDITORIAL COMMENT:

When you reduced the Aspect Ratio (the second number in a tire's size) you are reducing the height of the tire's sidewall. This means a smaller tire which will be lower to the ground, require move revolutions to cover the same distance -- increasing your fuel consumption, and will show a speedometer reading more than your actual speed.

If you want to find out the exact differences this tire will produce, see our Tire Size Calculator and compare the two sizes.

Personally I wouldn't recommend the use of the 235/45R17 in place of a 235/65R17 tire.

TG

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Is it advisable to put tyre size 235/55/R17 tyre on 215/60/r17 wheel rim

by Mohamed
(Kerala india)

I would like to install the the tyre size 235/55/r17 tyres on
Hyundai Creata and the alloy wheel size is 215/60/r17

Editorial Comment:

You should be aware that 215/60R17 is not a wheel size, but a tire size. Possibly you might have meant original tire size which is often referred to as OEM size.

To compare two different sizes and compare the effect of substuting one for the other use our Tire Size Calculator.

Using our calculator you would see that there is very little difference is the overall size of these tires. The difference is less than 1/10th of 1 percent and most tire techs will tell you that a difference of as much as 2% is acceptable for a swap.

Just make certain that the speed and load rating of the new tires is equal to or greater than our original tire.

TG

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will 225/65r17 tires fit 2006 subaru outback?

by Colleen
(VT)

The tires that are standard for this vehicle are 55r. Can 65r be used or are they too wide?

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225/55X17 tires on 2003 Volvo S80 T6

2003 Volvo S80 T6 original tires were 225/50X17. Want to use 225/55X17 Michelin winter tires. Will this work?

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