Vehicle Specific Tire Issues

Tire Concerns: What car make & model use tire size P205/70r15?

by Marita
(Hamilton, Ontario Canada)

Last year I bought 4 new michelin hydroedge tires size P205/70r15 for my old cuv. My car is having problems now and I'm thinking of getting another newer one but would like to keep the "almost new" tires. It will help if I know which car make & model use this size so I can use this criteria (but not limited to it) for my choices.


Comments:

I think this is the first time I've ever heard of a person looking for a car that uses certain sized tires. It is usually the other way round.

Since the cost of a set of tires is usually a minor part of the value of a car, I'd suggest that you put it down on the bottom of your list and when you find two or three possible candidates maybe use this as the last tie breaker.

If you end up with a car which doesn't use these tires, offer them for a swap or sale on Craigslist or some other web site or stop by a dealer who handles used tires and use them as a credit to get the right size for what you've bought.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Snow tires for 98 buick park ave

by Kimarie
(Erie Pa)

My tires now are all season 225/60/16 and the snow tires I've found are 225/70/16 . Will they still fit on my car without any hassle or having to.change anything?? They will be the 2 front tires and my car is from wheel drive


Comment:

Please check our Tire Size Calculator to compare the size of these two tires, to begin with.

You'll see that the snow tires you've found are larger than the others. As long as there is space in the wheel well this may not be an issue but my main concern is that you are changing only two tires.

What happens if you get a flat? It is never recommended that you place two different sized tires together on the same axle, especially if it is the drive axle.

I don't like to see people mixing tire sizes at the best of times and really encourage you to go to the same sized tire all the way around. You didn't mention why you were considering getting just two of the size you stated, but I strongly urge you to stick with the same size on all wheels.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Using Ford tires on Cadillac

by Connie
(California)

We have tires on two different cars. Want to know if we can move tires from one car to the other.
We have a 1990 Cadillac that is in need of tires. Those tires presently are P205/700R15. We also have a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria that we just put brand new tires on. The car failed the smog due to a bad lifter, so we are going to have to dump the car. The tires on that car are P215/70R15.

Can we take the tires off of the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria and put them on the 1990 Cadillac? The Cadillac passed smog and we can drive it for another year. It is doubtful it will pass smog next time, but until then, we would like to continue to drive it. We hate to have to invest in tires if the new tires on the Crown Vic will fit! We do not know the answer, and would appreciate any information that you could give us.

Comments

Start by checking the Tire Size Calculator which would show you the difference between the tires if they are used on the same vehicle.

I suspect that the wheels and bolt pattern may be the same but you would be absolutely certain if you were to move the Ford tires onto the Caddy rims.

One thing you didn't mention is the age of the Ford tires. If they are relatively new that would be of little concern, but if they are quite old you might want to check them for sidewall cracking and UV damage even if they haven't been used much. Tires can deteriorate if not stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

I doubt if there would be any issues with speed rating or load rating provided the tires were OK for the Ford's requirements.

TG

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2006 chevy truck

by Steve
(Palmdale, California)

2006 Chevy Truck with extra cab

2006 Chevy Truck with extra cab

I have a 2006 chevy 2wd extra cab short box truck with 265/70 tires on 17 inch wheels.

I want to replace all 4 tires only, with something taller and wider, perhaps Goodyear or Cooper tire brand.

My truck is stock, but it sits low. What can I put on it?

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Can I replace a 215/60r/16 with a 215/70r/16 on a 2004 Toyota Camry?

by Bob Clardy
(Belton, SC)

2004 Toyota Camry has 215/60r/16 tires. Can I replace them with 215/70r/16?

Editorial Comments

The 70 series tires are 10% of 215mm higher than the originals, or 21.5mm. This is nearly an inch and I'm certain that if you compare the two tires using our Tire Size Calculator
Tire Size Calculator you will find the difference more than you would want to accept for optimal results.

Also the close-to one inch increase suggests you may have a problem with space inside the wheel well, either on the front when you are turning or when you load the vehicle or pass over dips.

Use the Calculator to find a size which is within 2% of your original for the best results.

TG



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2005 GMC Envoy terrible traction in weather

by Jonna
(Bucks County, Pennsylvania)

I have a 2005 GMC Envoy 2WD with new tires. The vehicle has terrible traction in the slightest slippery conditions-winter or just heavy rain. I have asked other 2WD envoy owners and they all say they have not experienced any such problems. Could I just have the wrong tires on my car?

Comment:

There are several things that can affect traction apart from the choice of tires.

You might start my checking the air pressure to make sure that this is correct for your vehicle. If this is not what the manufacturer recommends, then this may be the most important part of the problem.

If you make sure the pressure is correct, then see what tires (Make and Tread Design) your friends have and compare them with your own. If these are different, you may want to discuss the difference with a tire dealer to see if the tread design you have is not the best for these driving conditions.

If both the above fail to produce any answer, then it may be your own driving habits which could be causing the problem. Even an experienced driver may have to make some adjustments in the way they drive under different road conditions because of the way certain vehicles perform and when roads become wet or icy, we need to adapt our driving to take those conditions into account.

Hope these ideas help.

TG

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Tire Concerns:best work tire for ford F350 dually

by Steve
(Peterborough,ON)

Currently I have hercules tires. With this truck I deliver firewood and tow trailers. I am experiencing a lot of road noise.

Comment:

Often road noise is more a function of tread design rather than tire brand. Off road tires, with a large open tread design of usually considerably more noisy than highway tires which have smaller openings between tread blocks, but are less effective in giving traction in snow, mud and off-road conditions.

To choose a tread design that will be best for you you need to first decide what kind of driving conditions you are most likely to encounter, then decide what factors (noise, traction, etc) are most important to you. It is unlikely that you will get optimum all round results from an all purpose tire while choosing a special use tire will likely leave you unsatisfied when you get into other conditions.

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Maximun tire width for standard 2002 jeep wrangler

by thomas
(delaware)

Jeep TJ

Jeep TJ

What is the widest tire I can put on my standard 2002 Jeep Wrangler 15" rims? I have the standard rims and would like to keep them on my jeep but I don't know if a 11.5" wide tire will fit.



Editorial Comment:

Sounds like you have one of the TJ series of Jeep Wranglers that were produced, in a variety of flavors between 1997 and 2006.

The most commonly sold standard wheel, it seems was a 16" rim, however 15" rims were available too as factory equipment.

The thing which mostly determines the width of tire which can be used on a particular rim is the design characteristics used by the tire manufacturer. I mention this because, if you shop around you may find that certain models which will allow the use of some rims that other manufacturers don't recommend.

Although you didn't mention it, it also seems likely that the rim you're using would be a 15x8 rim, but you should check this to be sure.

Many Jeep users, with 15" wheels have reported using tires up to 33x12.50 on their vehicles without problems, so it would seem, that you shouldn't have any difficulty with using 11.5 wide ones with your rims or vehicle.

If you'd like to know more about your Jeep, a good place to start might be at Wikipedia. Past the following in your browser to take you there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep_Wrangler

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Tire Concerns: I have Pirellis on my boxster. Can I mix and match?

The rear tires on my Boxter have worn and I want to just replace the 2 but I don't want to replace with Pirelli tires as they seem to wear fast for the money. Would replacing them with another manufacturer work?



Editorial Comment:

This is a common misunderstanding among tire buyers. There is nothing wrong with mixing tires from different companies in terms of safety or performance, as long as you keep a couple of things in mind.

First, you should make sure you have the same sized tires, at least on the same axle.

Next, if there is a great amount of wear on the older tires, you will only want to replace 4 at a time, if you are driving a 4x4 vehicle.

The tread design and appearance of one manufacturer's tires may not be the same or even similar, and this might cause concern for some vehicle owners.

Be careful if you are switching from a tire which is intended to be mounted to rotate in either direction with ones which are uni-directional. This may complicate things for you when you wish to rotate your tires.

TG


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Tire Concerns P245/55R18 tires for 2010 nissan altima sedan

by Garrett
(Houston)

it is 5 lug

it is 5 lug

will P245/55R18 BF-Goodrich tires with 18 inch rims fit a 2010 nissan altima sedan
2010 nisssan altima sedan looking to buy tires that are off a 2011 camero.

Editorial Comment

The recommended sizes for an 18 inch wheel on the 2010 Nissan you have are 225/45. So what you are looking at may be far too big.

Also wheel from a 2011 camera have a 5x120 bolt pattern while the Nissan uses a 5x114 pattern, so if you want to use those wheels they won't fit.

TG

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Tire Concerns: p215/65r15 for 2003 Grand AM

by Robert Frasier
(Canada)

Will p215/65r15 suit/fit where 215/60r15's are the oem?
These tires would be for a 2003 Grand AM. 15 inch rims. The oem is 215/60/r15, but I found a deal on p215/65r15.

Editorial Comment

Our Tire Size Calculator shows that there is less than an inch difference is the overall diameter of the two tires so without actually seeing the vehicle and doing a test fit, I'd be inclined to think that there's a good chance they would fit, however since I'm not intimate with the 2003 Grand AM I can't say with certainty. In any case, doing a test fit is always wise because your vehicle may have experienced some changes over the years either through damage or mechanical work that could affect this.

That being said, I don't think this is the best idea because the difference in sizes is beyond the 2% limit I like to see when making swaps. Check out the difference in the calculator and see for yourself … then make your decision.

TG

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Changing my 15's to 22's on my Ford Ranger

by Austin
(Arkansas)

I have a 2001 Ford Ranger, 2 wheel drive, stepside, 15 inch tires, with one size larger than regular tires. I have a friend with a 2001 Ford Ranger and he has 22's. He has low profile tires. He wants to trade straight across for my stock tires and rims because his dad says it is taking away his gas mileage. His Ranger is a 4 cylinder and mine is a 6 cylinder. I get 20 mpg now. How would putting the 22's on my truck change the gas mileage?

Editorial Comment:

You'll need to take a look at our Tire Size Calculator to compare the two tire sizes, which you didn't tell us, to learn what the differences would be.

Generally speaking though, it would seem to me that this change --if you decide to do it-- could possibly keep your fuel consumption pretty much the same but that is just a guess based at using OEM sizes and looking at alternatives which the calculator suggests.

I can't see how your friend would be getting terribly worse mileage unless these tires are drastically smaller than the original size.

TG

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Explorer rims on Montero Sport

I have a mitsibishi montero sport but I found some really nice rims off of a ford explorer and really wanna purchase them but dont know if the lug patterns are the same...i need help as soon as possible before they get sold!!!

Editorial Comment

You didn't specify the year of the vehicles you are considering, and this can sometimes make a difference.

I was not able to locate any wheel specs for any Monteros except for the Montero Limited and these use a 6-139 bolt pattern. The Ford Explorer uses a 5-114 pattern for the years I looked at, so it doesn't look like this is a marriage that will work.

Just count the holes and the bolts and you can see there is no match in this case. No measurements necessary.

TG

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Chevy Silverado and premature wear on General Tires

by RP
(SY, CA, USA)

General Tire Poster

General Tire Poster

I have a Chevy Silverado Long Bed Truck, 2007. 10,600 miles on which I had General Tires.

The front tires had to be replaced at 6,500 miles.

The rear tires now need replacing at the above mileage.

No signs of uneven wear or incorrect inflation just worn out.

Anyone got any clues?




Initial Response from TIW



Without more detail and/or photos, it is difficult to give a clear diagnosis.

What size and type of tires were used? Were these originally supplied with the vehicle when new? What kind of experience have other owners of this specific vehicle had with their tires?

What kind of roads and driving conditions has been experienced? What kind of loads have been carried in the vehicle?

Has there been any modifications to the vehicle, such as a suspension change or raise or lower it?

Has the vehicle been uses consistently by the same driver all the time? What is the driving style of this person?

Has the vehicle been used in any place where the tires are exposed to any chemicals or other substances that other vehicles might not experience?

All of these factors could result in changes in the way a tire wears. Gather up the answers to these questions and discuss them with your tire dealer or mechanic.

Sometimes tires will have a manufacturing defect, but these rarely affect more than one tire at a time unless there is a massive recall.

If you have any conditions or factors which might cause accelerated tire wear and these are not dealt with, changing the tire brand will not likely result in any significant improvement.

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Tire Concerns: 2007 pontiac montana tire size

by Dave
(canada)

I was just wondering if 225/65/17 will fit on a 2007 pontiac montana...the stock tire is 225/60/17...

I plugged the sizes into the conversion chart and found that the side wall difference is 11 mm.....I was wondering if anyone has actually made this change...the bottom of the strut is about an inch from the 225/60 tire...will the 225/65 clear it?

Editorial Comment:

As I'm sure you are aware 11mm is just under 1/2 an inch so, as you've concluded the difference is not great.

The distance of 1 inch clearance seems like a good amount but you need to observe what happens under the car when it is lowered to the ground and is sitting fully loaded. What happens when the car passes over a bump or dip, and what happens when you turn to either extreme. If all these conditions can be met without rubbing, you're likely home free, if not then it's back to the drawing board.

TG

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1996 TOYOTA 4Runner RWD tire sizing - Fuel/Ride/Sliding

by suzanndy
(Chicago)

I need all 4 tires for a 1996 2WD 6 Cyl 4Runner. The originals came with 225/75R15..

The last tires put on were 31x10.50.15. The options I am guessing are going back to the original, or stay with the 31x10.5, but there is still another option 265/75R15. Obviously, staying with the 15 Rim.

WHAT SIZE will be best for Fuel Economy? Ride? Safety? This is all so very confusing and the answers from Shops are all so different.

I presume it's the tire itself that also causes sliding on wet roads, so I'll stay away from that brand. But, could size also make a difference? I have not driven with the original tires, but with the 31x10.5, even new..we slide everywhere, from barely wet, to very wet roads. From the Midwest to the Southwest. Our son will be driving his vehicle cross country to the Midwest here in Chicago. Fuel economy is #1 on my list.

Is there still another size possibility that would be even better? Any ideas on this?

Editorial Comment:
We have two calculators which will help answer some of the questions you have about fuel economy and other effects of changing tire sizes.

First is the Tire Size Calculator which can help you compare different tire sizes or to find equivalent alternative sizes for your vehicle.

The other is a Tire Size Convertor which will allow you to get the equivalent sizes in alternate tire sizing systems. Note, when you use this this you are given the equivalent size … but that equivalent sized tire may not exist, so you then need to choose a size which is the closest possible from those that are available. In your case the 265/75R15 and the 31x10.50 15 are very close to each other.

The issue you have with sliding on wet roads is definitely not because of the tire brand in itself. You could switch to a different brand and still end up with the same problem or change to a different tread design using the same brand and have a totally different experience.

It is not only tread design that may affect your handling on wet roads. Your tire pressure can affect the traction you have and, especially if your tires are not inflated to the optimum pressure depending both on the recommendations of the manufacturer and the amount of weight the tires are carrying, you could have problems. Also, the amount of tread you have on your tires can also have an effect … a brand new tire may give you very different results when the tread starts wearing down.

Find yourself a dealer who you feel comfortable with and tell them all of what you want from the tires, describe your driving habits and the roads and conditions you will be using and you'll likely get good guidance.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Tyre size for Pontiac Montana

by Sam
(Thompson.mb)

Actual size on my 2007 Pontiac Montana sv6 is 225/60R17, Can I put 215/65R17 on it? Is it safe?



Editorial Comment:

There is very little difference in the working diameter of the two tires you mention. The 215/65 is only about 1/3 of an inch larger than the original, which is nothing to be concerned about.

The second tire is also 10mm narrower, but this is really very little of an issue and won't cause any problems that I might think to warn you about.


TG

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Ford Ranger with 15s in rear and 14s up front

i have a 1994 ford ranger 2wheel drive, 5 speed, over looked tire sizes... can i run it safely with 15s in the rear and 14s in the front?


Editorial Comment:

STOP

Don't drive even 1 inch with your vehicle!

Unless you changed wheels you likely have 14 inch tires on a 15 inch rim, or 15 inch tires on a 14 inch rim, either of which seems highly unlikely, but if you did manage to get the tires actually mounted, you have a very dangerous situation and the tires could easily slip off at any moment causing you to possibly lose control or overturn at a most inconvenient moment.

If, however, you did change the wheels to mount the different sized tires on the corresponding sized rims then the situation isn't nearly so drastic and providing the wheels and bolts match up you should have no major safety problems to deal with.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Larger wheels on 2012 chevy 2500 hd

by Marty Malone
(shamrock texas)

Bought a work truck 2012 2500hd 4x4 with 6.0 gas engine
found a set of factiry 18 in wheels (nice ones)
and were planning on installing them and upgrading to a 295/70/18 nito at tires-
what about the wheel sensors I think mine has them
can i just change them to the new wheels and get them reset.
I think they are on bands but unsure.
any info will help

Editorial Comment
TireRack advises customers that the NHTSA rules prohibit dealers and shops from installing wheels without functioning tire pressure monitoring systems if the vehicle is equipped with them from the factory.

From what I can see, wheels up to 20" possibly may work on your vehicle, but there is a possibility you may have to get a new TPMS sensor kit and have them calibrated to work with your vehicle. This procedure should be explained in your owner's manual.

Possibly some other reader may have some extra info that could be useful to you.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Using Rims from Another Car

by cameron
(ks)

Someone has 18 IN rims for a 2005 Nissan maximal and looks close to same bolt pattern for my 2003 Chevy Malibu. Will they fit?


Editorial Comments:

There are several variables in wheel sizes that must all "line up" in order for that wheel to work on a car without problems.

You mention that the bolt pattern, which is one of the variables "looks close" but looking close isn't enough. If you were to try one of these wheels on your car, you might find that you'd have a bit of difficulty getting it on and, in the worst case you might apply just a little bit of force to make it fit. This would be the start of your problems and things would likely only get worse.

The bolt pattern which standard rims for the Malibu use is 5-115, which means that there are 5 bolts each with a distance of 115mm between them.

The bolt patter which is standard for the Nissan Maxima for 2005 is 5-114, which is only one millimetre difference and it is obvious to see why they would look close because one millimetre is about the thickness of a fingernail. But, when you tried to put these on that, little millimetre difference would make it difficult to slide on over the bolts and if you did force it on you would be doing some damage either to the bolts or the wheel which might not seem much to start with, but in some future moment end up causing some failure that could end up being fatal or costly.

If you ever have to apply force to get a part to fit, you should immediately stop and make sure that you really have the part you need and that it is being installed correctly.

TG

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2000 Lincoln LS Tire Fit Question

by Steve
(St Paul, MN USA)

Friend has been out of work, and running on less than legal tread. My uncle has a set that may fit and looking for any guidance I can find before he tries to mount them.

Car is a 2000 Lincoln LS V6 with stock 17" rims and OEM tire size is 235/50/17.

Uncle has set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S in 225/55/17.

I believe the only question would be the added tire diameter of .49", or about an extra 1/4 inch of sidewall height. It's not much, but would appreciate any knowledge as to whether or not this will be an issue for him.

Comment

Your figures agree with those in our Tire Size Calculator and the only other issue is the difference in speedometer reading which is also not great.

Because this is a slightly smaller tire you are not going to have to be concerned with the space in the wheel well so I'd be inclined to agree that these tires would serve your friend's needs

TG

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Tire Concerns: excessive tire spinning in winter driving conditions 1999 nissan maxima

by David
(Minneapolis, MN, USA)

front tires are BF Goodrich Touring Pro P205/65R15 with little treadwear/like new. This car has an aluminum engine block and may be lighter in front over drive wheels as a result. This excessive spinning is really a hazard in winter. What options do I have to improve this?

Comment;

You've not mentioned whether or not you've driven in winter road conditions with this vehicle before or with other tires.

There is a good possibility that you simply have to learn to adjust your driving habits so that you are less aggressive in using your accelerator than you have been used to in non-winter conditions.

Winter driving, as anyone who is used to driving in areas where there is considerable snow can tell you is considerably different from summer or even rainy driving. If you learn this at an early age, it is something that seems to stick with you, but if you only have to drive in snow a couple of times a year some people have difficulty learning this.

Since you are in an area where winter conditions are something that last for awhile, you may already know what I've just stated unless you have just moved there from a part of the country which has a milder climate.

Another alternative you may want to consider is switching to a tire which is designed for better traction in snowy conditions such as the Blizzak tire which Bridgestone has developed.

TG

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Tire fitments for 2008 Montana SV6

by Randall
(Ottawa, ON Canada)

Hi there! I'm looking to replace my original 225/60R17 tires. Trying to save a few bucks by buying good used tires but this size is not used on many other vehicles. Looked at others that are close in the same size range, such as 235/60R17 and 225/65R17. I would rather go to a shorter/wider tire for more traction rather than a taller/skinnier one although the latter may increase my MPG a bit on the highway.

Are there any other sizes I should look at? Any other recommendations?

Editorial Comment

There are several alternative sizes that may be even better than the ones you have mentioned which you can discover by using our Tire Size Calculator.

One size that I think would meet your requirements even better would be 245/55R17 which is almost identical in diameter to your original tire and is 20mm wider.

I'm not sure how that much extra width will work on your vehicle --you may have issues with turning to the extreme left or right-- so you'll want to check this out by trying a test fitting before you commit to the new tire.

TG

There are several alternatives which are

Thanks!

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Tire Concerns: Tire/Wheel spinning (not intentional) upon acceleration - FWD Pontiac Vibe

by Bob
(Seattle, WA USA)

New to us are our 2005 and 2007 Pontiac Vibe FWD, auto trans. vehicles. They seem to be very sensitive when starting from stop. This is especially true when the road is wet or when starting from stop on a hill. Starting in 2nd gear seems to help. We are able to stop within typical distance. We have the standard tire/wheel size (205/55/R16) on both vehicles. The tread is at least 80% for both vehicles.

I am concerned that we may not be able to use these vehicles when the roads become icy. We can add chains when there is snow.

Should we consider winter tires for these vehicles? Would winter tires help with the current slipping problems?

Comment:

I am not personally familiar with your vehicles but I would suggest that part of your issue might be just getting used to how your vehicle responds to your commands in comparison to what you're used to.

I noted a similar problem to yours with a different vehicle in that there seemed to be a tendency to spin on a wet road after a stretch of high temperatures. This is due to the fact that asphalt roads will sweat a bit with the heat and the first rain that falls leaves them a bit slippery but this disappears in a day or two.

Another thing to check on is your tire pressure and the tread on your tires. If the tread is un-evenly worn then you will not have the same degree of grip all the way around and a sudden increase in power might cause some slipping. Over pressure (more so than lowered pressure) also tends to lessen traction … but I do not recommend lowering the pressure much beyond about 1 -2 psi less than what is recommended for you vehicle.

TG

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Tire Concerns: Sizes for 06 ford 350

by Fred
(Canada)

I have a 2006 ford 350 king ranch crew cab 4x4. I want to put wrangler duratrac tires on but am not sure at what size the tires start to rub when I turn. I currently have 275/65/r20 on it. The tires I have in mind are wrangler MT/R with Kevlar 285/65/r20 and wrAngler duratrac 285/60/r20 and wrangler 275/65/r20. I was just wondering if any of these tires with fit without rubbing or changing anything else to make them fit.

Editorial Comment:

Obviously the 275/65R20 tires which are the same as what you currently have would work well unless you have experiencing rubbing already.

The 285/65 tires are just slightly wider and a wee bit higher that what you now have but not so much more that I'd anticipate that they would cause a problem with rubbing unless the tires you now have are already larger than OEM's … in that case each step larger is getting you closer and closer to the limit.

I'm guessing that the 285/60's are pretty much the same or a wee bit smaller than your current size, but you can verify this by using our Tire Size Calculator to compare the two. If you can't stay with your original size, I'd suggest that this might be a better choice over the larger tire.

TG

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Tire Concerns: 265/70 R17 for 07 ford F350 Duallie

by Mark McDonald
(Lawton OK)

Will a 265 70 R17 fit on a 07 ford F350 Duallie?

Editorial Comment:

Use our Tire Size Calculator to compare the two tires and discover the differences you might expect.

TG

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can i get tire chains for my 2011 chevy malibu ?

by Tanner
(Pasco, WA)

I went to Les Schwab to get tire chains for my 2011 Chevy Malibu and they said there chains cant be put on my car because of the clearance problem. The owners manual also says they do not reccomend tire chains for this vehicle. Is there any sort of tire chain or device that I can purchase that I could use on this vehicle?

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Tire Concerns: 2011 Ford Focus has noise towards motor.

by nicholas
(kingstown RI usa)

This brand new Ford Focus I just bought is good but I don't like to hear it rolling along, it sounds similar to a truck. Could it be the tires?



Editorial Comment:

Without actually hearing the noise and what it sounds like it is difficult to assess, but if your tires are ones which have a large open tread design, it is possible that these might make some noise at higher speeds.

Even though the vehicle is new, this would make me suspect some kind of a mechanical cause. Especially if this is a brand new car, I'd be going back or at least phoning the dealer right away to ask their advice. What ever it is, I'd guess there is a good chance it would be covered by warranty unless you've suffered some damage or vandalism.

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Tire Concerns: Rims on my 2011 Chevy impala

by Michael
(Santa Rosa)

I'm thinking of putting 22inch rims on my chevy impala and was wondering if it will hurt the suspension and performace on the car. I was told that 20's were the recommended size, but I think 22's will look way more appealing. Can you please give me your insight, I'm looking to purchase soon.

Editorial Comment:

If you follow the traditional practice of Plus Sizing it is not likely that putting on larger wheels will do any damage to your car, although some people who have had experience with lower profile tires are disappointed with the loss of comfort in the ride of their vehicle.

Some of this difference will depend on your driving habits and the kind of roads which you normally drive on, but it still would not hurt to talk to other people who have used lower profile tires to compare their experience with your expectations.

Certainly many people seem to think that lower profile tires are more sexy than other ones, but this is a matter of personal taste.

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Tire Concerns: Pontiac vibe tires

by Jessica Coats
(Boone, NC)

I have a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, with P205/55r16 tires on it. My dad has offered to give me some P215/70r16 if they will fit my car. Will they? I have no idea.



Editorial Comment:

You're out of luck. The tires your dad offers are more than 1 1/2 inches higher than the original ones and this would certainly cause issues even if they might fit on the wheels.

Take the tires if they're in good shape and put an offer on Craigslist or somewhere else and off to swap them for ones that will fit, if you want to make a deal.

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Tire Concerns: Mixing tires on 1999 Dodge Caravan Sport

by Jenny de Roche
(Wilmington, NC)

I have tire size 215/65/15 (Normal tire size for the car) on the rear in excellent condition.

Can I put tire size 215/70/15 on the front?

Editorial Comment:


If you mix tire sizes by putting the 215/70 r15 tires on the front and the 215/75 r15 on the back you will be driving up hill all the time! Just Joking, but you will have the larger tires on the front and it is not likely that you would notice the difference in size unless you are extremely sensitive because the difference is only about 4/10ths of an inch.

This difference is, of course when both tires are brand new. If one pair is somewhat worn then the difference could be more or less depending on which pair has the greater wear.

As long as you keep the same sized tires on the same axle, there isn't a great deal of reason to be concerned about mixing these two tire sizes, but you need to keep in mind that at some time or another you may have to replace one of those tires with your spare tire. What size is your spare tire? Or are you going to carry two spares?

There is an even chance that if you carry only one spare that you may end up mixing tire sizes on the same axle and this is definitely not a recommended thing to do.

I would really recommend that you stick with the original sized tires rather than switching over to the larger ones because there is more than a 3% differences in the sizes and while this might not cause a problem in terms of the space available for the tires, it will affect your gas mileage and speedometer reading enough to be important.

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Tire concerns: winter tires for Chev Impala

by Linda
(Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Can I use a P21560r16 on my 2005 chev impala?

Comment.

It doesn't matter whether you are installing winter or summer tires. Your best results are always going to be obtained if you stick with the tire size which the car was designed to use. Whenever you stray from that you are starting to experiment and you may get results you don't expect or won't like.

The 2005 Chevrolet Impala had 225/60 R 16 tires as its standard design. This is the best size to use, even for winter tires.

215/60R16 tires are slightly narrower and because you have the same aspect ratio (the second number), this means the tire will also be lower and slightly smaller in diameter. The difference is 60% of the difference in width of 6mm (say 1/4 inch) This is a very small difference and the difference you may anticipate in speed, power and fuel consumption is very small.

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Tire Concerns: 2002 BUICK PARK AVENUE ULTRA TIRES

by Bradley
(Northwest Arkansas, USA)

I have P225/60R16 tires on now, and am wondering if I can change to P225/75R16 tires?



Editorial Comment:

The new tires will be about 1 1/3 inches higher than the 60R16's. Do you have that much room in the wheel well?

If you have any doubts, you need to do a test fitting before changing to see if there will be any rubbing when turning or when there is any change in the loading of the vehicle.

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Tire Concerns: Why cannot we use snow chains with our 2002 buick rendezvous

by Michael Contreras
(Portland OR USA)


I went into a tire dealer to see about a low clearance chain for my 2002 Buick Rendezvous AWD SUV.

They said this manufacturer suggest you not use chains for this type of vehicle but could not tell me why.

A new set of studded tires is nearly 650 dollars a set of chains 70 dollars.

Comment:

I am not aware of a specific recommendation from Buick on this issue but I'd suggest you try contacting a dealer and asking them if they have any further information about this.

It is possible that with very limited space in certain vehicle's wheel wells, using chains could cause damage or impede the free movement of certain systems. A mechanic who is familiar with this vehicle might also have some ideas.

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16 inch rims for 2003 GMC Envoy. If I convert to 16 inch rims what size tires should I buy and will it affect the odometer/ speedometer.

by Melody
(Power)

2003 GMC Envoy XL 4x4. Current rims are 17 inch and tire size is 245/65/R17. Rims are still good but 17 inch tires are ridiculously expensive. I need to replace tires in the next few months and am looking into converting to the 16 inch rim. . If I convert to 16 inch rims what size tires should I buy and will it affect the odometer/ speedometer.

Editorial Comment:

On line tire sellers do not list any 16 in tires or wheels for the 2003 GMC Envoy so it is highly likely that there may be a problem in putting smaller wheels on this vehicle. You need to be careful that these would not interfere with the brake callipers that fit inside the rim when the wheels are mounted.

If you do determine that 16 inch wheels would fit use our Tire Size Calculator and select a 16 inch wheel to compare to your original tires and you'll see sizes which you can consider. As long as you don't change the default setting on the calculator you will be within 2% of the original size … the closer the better … so power, fuel consumption, speedometer reading etc will have the minimal change.

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Tire size for Chrysler Town and Country

by Sherri
(New Orleans, LA)

I am looking to purchase the Chrysler Town and Country but I do not like the way it bottoms out on curbs due to the stow and go feature. Can larger tires be put on the van to help raise the vehicle?

Editorial Comment:

Usually there is a limit on how much bigger tire you can install on any vehicle due to space limitations within the wheel well.

Sometimes you will find restriction in the front wheel when you are turning the steering to the extreme left or right, other times you may only notice a problem when you go over a dip or a bump.

In any case the maximum extra ground clearance you can achieve by putting on bigger tires before experiencing one of the above problems is often only about an inch or so, and if you go to this maximum you are often faced with other effects, such as a reduction of power, and speedometer error which makes such a tactic impractical.

If the drawback you see in this vehicle is an important issue to you and you absolutely have to have this particular vehicle then you may end up having to make major mechanical modifications (such as raising it) in order to have your cake and eat it too.

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Winter tires for 2010 Camaro

by George
(Toronto, ON)

2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

Hi

Just got a 2010 Camaro and the snow will be flying soon in Toronto, Canada.

Do you have any ideas about what I should get for this car? My driving is some city and mostly clear expressway driving, subject to some winter blizzards...about 25 kilometers a day. Nothing large!

The car currently has: Pirellis P245/50 ZR 19 104W

GM came up with a price of over $4,000 for run-flat Blizzak tires, Camaro rims and sensors.

I'm looking for something a lot cheaper that will do the trick for four to five months of the year.

One: Do I need tire sensors?

Why do I need run flats?

Should I go with an 18" or 19" rim?

Any help would be very much appreciated.



Editorial Comment:

With your new car you're being confronted with several new elements which are affecting your driving costs.

First you're getting larger wheels than have been widely used so the tires you need for these wheels are not going to be the low cost massively produced ones that are on the market.

18 or 19 inch wheels is largely a matter of choice. If you're happy with the ones on the car now, stick with that size.

Whether or not you need sensors may be a matter of choice, but I believe that all new cars sold in the USA now must, by law come with them as standard equipment. Whether you want to buy an extra set of sensors for an extra set of wheels, may still be a mater of your choice.

If you're comfortable going in at the change of season and having your summer/winter tires switched you may be able to stay with the same wheels (and sensors), but you lose the convenience of being able to quickly switch from summer to winter tires virtually anytime and anywhere you can jack up the car and change a wheel.

Hope this helps.

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Tire Concerns: Alternative rims for 89 Lincoln Mark VII

by Shane C
(Columbia, MO)


I am wondering about alternative tire and rim sizing. What is the rim size permitted for p225/60r16 tires? Is there any problem with using 16x7 or 16x8 inch rims on my 89 Lincoln Mark VII?



Editorial Comment:

When changing rims on a vehicle the first main concern is the stud pattern of the rim. If this matches, you may then want to consider the offset which refers to the distance which the wheel hub is situated from the center of the rim. If this is too far in or out when compared with your original wheels you may find that your tires and or wheels may be too far in or out of the wheel well to operate without rubbing on some part of the vehicle.

P225/60r16 tires are designed to be used with 6 1/2J or 7J rims, but will also permit 6J, 7 1/2J and 8J rims to be used. Since you mentioned 7 or 8 inch rims, it appears that both of the alternatives you've considered could be used.

TG


By the way, if you're looking for suitable wheels you might want to see the newest wheels at Tire Rack.

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Tire Concerns: Subaru tires for Volvo

by John
(Haddon Heights, NJ)

I was given a 1998 Volvo w/ tires P205 65R/15. A couple of tires are grimly dangerous. My 1998 Subaru Outback Is sitting in my driveway crumpled to death. The Subaru has
p205 60R/15 tires in much better shape than the Volvo. Could I safely move the 60R/15 tires to the Volvo?


Comment:

If you're planning on swapping the rims and all, the first thing you want to check is the bolt pattern and distance between bolt on the two to make sure there is a match. There are no industry standards that say that one 15 inch wheel has to fit on all vehicles.

After confirming the fit of the wheels, the next concern is the outside diameter of the mounted tire. In your case the 205/60 tires are smaller than the 205/65 ones which were on the Volvo. This smaller diameter means you will use more fuel and the speedometer will show that you are travelling faster than it showed with the former tires. The drop in height will be about 10 mm which is less than 1/2 an inch. I don't expect that this would cause you any major problems with ground clearance.

I would not recommend that you make a switch of just a couple of the tires ... it would be best to swap all 4, but if you absolutely must change only 2 make certain that there are always the same sized tires on the same axle.

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Tire Concerns: I plan to lower my jetta 3 inches what size wheels could i clear?

by M. M.
(Staunton)

3 inch lowering springs what size rims culd i run 2002 vw jetta 1.8t gls

Comments:

You might find our Tire Size Calculator useful in searching out possible tire sizes.

I am not very familiar with lowering cars, and my normal recommendation is that for other reasons you stay within 2% of the original tire size for best results. In you case you are making a major change in the vehicle and are likely prepared to put up with more variations.

Generally speaking you may want to look at lower profile tires, but even with those, I think you'd have trouble losing the full 3 inches, and maybe you wouldn't want to. Possibly dropping down to a wheel which is 2 inches less and getting a slightly lower profile tire might produce the results you want.

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Tire Concerns: tires for 1992 Jetta

by Frank
(Cleveland, Ohoi)

Will 195/60 14 fit a 1992 Jetta?

The stock size for a 1992 Volkswagen Jetta is 185/60 14, so this is a larger tire and will result in a slower speedometer reading and a slight reduction in fuel consumption.

This difference in tire size is just slightly beyond the 2% limit which we normally use but it is so close that it hardly matters, but a much better size match is a 195/55 14 tire if you have a choice available.

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2002 VW JETTA TIRE REPLACEMENT

by Josh
(Los Angeles, CA )

vw jetta

vw jetta

I am considering to replace the my 2002 VW Jetta VR-6 GLX (stock tire size is 205/ 55 R 16) currently I have 215/55 R-16 and it seems to be ok. Now I wanted to replace all four tires and I am considering 225/50 R-16 on the original rim.

Is there going to be any issue with this tires? is this change recommended?


Editorial Comment:

The tire you propose to use is actually a closer match to your original tire than the one you are now using which is slightly higher.

The only issue which might arise would be because of the wider width of the new tire, which is 20 mm more than the original (almost an inch) and there could be a problem with space. Try mounting one and see if this rubs or binds, especially when turning the steering wheel to the extremes on both sides. If there is still free space, you should be OK.

Also ask your dealer if they know of any other cases where this change has been made. They may have some experience which would be useful.

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Runflat vs regular tires for a BMW Z-4

by Chris
(Aliso Viejo CA)

2004 BMW Z4

2004 BMW Z4

I need four new tires on my 2004 Z4 BMW which came with runflats. Price quoted $1600.00.

I am thinking of going with regular tires since these tires only lasted 25K miles and are so expensive.

I don't care about not having a spare I don't mind being towed somewhere. I wonder if putting the regular tires on my car can somehow damage the car. I heard it can mess up the suspension.


Editorial Comment:  Chris poses an interesting problem which may become more widespread if the use of runflat tires spread.

My experience with tires has always been to trust the recommendations of the manufacturer, since they design a car to perform in a certain way using certain equipment.

If you wish to stray from those recommendations, you need to expect results which are different from what you've been accustomed.

I would start checking with the BMW owner's manual or the dealer. Are runflat tires an option on this car, or are they installed with no alternatives offered?

If conventional tires are also offered and listed in the manual, then you may have no problem in using them. If they are not optional, then at the very least you can expect the car to perform and handle differently than they did with runflats.

If they handle and perform differently this, obviously will have an effect on the suspension, but the effect might be positive, or negative, depending on various factors, such as your driving style, the kind of roads you travel, etc.

Another issue to take into account is a legal one. Some areas make it illegal to drive without a spare tire (but may make exceptions for cars with runflat tires). This might be another thing to consider when making your choice.

Finally, what kind of tires are you considering as a replacement? Some high performance tires may be just as costly as the ones you're replacing, and often high performance tires tend to have a shorter treadwear
than standard tires.
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Tire Concerns: 275/75r16 for 1997 tahoe 4x4

by cactus bob
(buckeye az)

Will 275/75r16 fit my stock 1997 tahoe 4x4 ?
Just wanna know how big I can go without a lift.

Editorial Comments:

Regardless of the experience that others might have had with a similar vehicle, often the only way you can tell for sure is by doing a test fitting. Your vehicle is several years old and may have had changes either through damage or simple change of parts which can affect the clearance which you have that would be enough to make it unsuitable to use a certain tire that someone else might find worked ok for them.

I had one client who had over sized winter tires on their vehicle and the next year when he came in to switch over again, we found that these same tires were rubbing because he had had some damage to his front suspension and after this had been fixed the clearance wasn't the same as it had been the previous year.

This is especially something you need to watch for when you are "pushing the limit". So no matter what anyone tells you, do a test fitting and a close inspection all around before heading out on the highway.

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Tire Concerns: 20 inch wheels for 2000 nissan maxima

by candice
(little rock, ar)

Will 20 inch wheels fit my 00 maxima without scraping when I turn or go over bumps?


Editorial Comment:

Off the top of my head I don't recall what size wheels your vehicle has been offered with but generally speaking whenever you increase the size of a wheel, you can offset that increase in height by decreasing the sidewall height so that you end up with a tire diameter that is the same as what you started with. If you do this you will have absolutely no problem with rubbing when you turn or pass over bumps.

See Plus Sizing for more information about this practice.

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Mixed tire sizes on Ford 4X4

by Robert
(Summerville, SC)

I had p235 70 16's and dropped down to to 235 65 16 on the front and 235 60 16 now having big issue

I cheaped out and ended up getting 2 235/60 and 2 235/65 16's and this was a drop from 4 235/70/16. Its a ford explorer and it is running terrible and almost undriveable. It feels like the transmission but the backs aren't wanting to spin and 4x4 high keeps coming on my dash. This didn't start until I put the new smaller tires on. Literally, I was testing the tires and wasn't a mile down the road and it started doing this. I'm wondering if the smaller percentage would do this or is it just so coincidental that my transmission is struggling as soon as I put new tires on. Any information about smaller sizes or diameters on Ford explorers or in general would be great.

Editorial Comment:

As far as I am aware you have committed perhaps the biggest sin possible for a 4X4 vehicle. Every 4X4 that I'm aware of WARNS owners to NEVER put different tire sizes on different wheels because it may produce serious mechanical damage to your drive train.

You may be harvesting the fruit of this already ... if you're lucky you may not have yet done any serious damage (that depends on how much and how hard you've driven). If there hasn't been much damage done, my recommendation is to immediately put the same sized tire on all the wheels. The problem is, if you think about it, is when you are in 4X4 mode one set of wheels is trying to spin at one rate and the other at a different rate and this is producing mechanical stress that at the very least will affect how your vehicle handles and possibly may damage the drive train.

Personally I'd go for the original sized tires or perhaps the closest size to them, but I never like to see people go further than a 2% difference in overall diameter because of the speedometer error and effect on power delivered to the wheels The 235/65's are already 3.2% smaller and the 235/60's will be only worse. Both will cause your speedometer to read slower than your true speed and will also end up using more fuel to cover the same distances.

I'm sorry to tell you that your attempt to save money may cost you big time.

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Tire concerns: questions about 1996 dodge ram ext cab tires

by yolanda crenshaw
(spiro ok)

Ive recently bought a truck and its a 1996 dodge ram ext cab 1500... and i need to get new tires for it... question: can i mix 4ply tires and 6 ply tires together like for instance can i put the 4ply on the front and the 6ply on the back.. the truck isnt 4wd ... or if i got all 4ply would that be too light a tire for my truck? my tires are a 265 75 16?

Editorial comment:

The exact ply rating isn't an issue so much as the load rating for your tires. The load rating is usually a single letter which follows the tire size as part of the service description of the tire. You might see something like 265/75R16 106T on your tires.

Whatever you do, choose another tire which has a load rating code of 106 (or whatever is on your tire), or greater. If you choose one which is a lower number then you may have a tire which is not capable of carrying the weight which your vehicle is designed for.

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New tires for 2008 Honda Accord

by George
(Marlboro, MA.)

Although the 2008 Honda Accord (4-cylinder) provides a responsive ride, my wife would like it to be less stiff, more comfortable than original equipment tires. She drives it around town and on weekend trips that include about 50 highway miles. With only about 32,000 miles on it, the tires are nearing replacement. We live in Mass., so winter driving is also a (minor) consideration.

Editorial Comment:

It is not uncommon for cars to be sold new with tires which are not the same brand and tread design which was supplied by the manufacturer, so without knowing what brand and tire model you are starting with it is fruitless to make any suggestions as to what to try instead.

I suggest you take your car to a reputable tire dealer --one that specializes in tires, not a big-box store-- and let them look at the tires you now have installed and tell them what you want. Then, go to a different dealer and ask the same question, you may get entirely different ideas, prices and quality offered. Do a wee bit of shopping, don't feel obligated to buy at the first place you ask.

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2010 Mustang 235-50-18 wheel on 2003 mustang GT

by Larry
(Great Falls, MT)

I have a chance to buy a set of the 2010 mustang wheels and tires but not sure how they will fit on my 2003 which now has 245-17-17. Any known issues?


Editorial Comment:

I've looked up some specifications which may or may not be the same as what you have. You would have to check to see if these are the same.


Wheels for 2003 mustang
Offset: 21mm
Backspacing: 5.12"
Bolt Pattern: 5-114
Rec. Tire Size:245/45-17

Wheels for 2010 mustang coupe
Offset: 42mm
Backspacing: 5.66"
Bolt Pattern: 5-114
Rec. Tire Size:235/55-17

Based on these specifications I would say that the swap would work. The most vital aspect is the bolt pattern, which is the same in both cases. If these were different you would have a situation where the new set would not work except, possibly with adaptors.

The back spacing and offset are a bit different, but it is not likely that this would cause any issues, but, just to be sure you would be advised to try a test fitting before making a commitment if you can.

TG

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Tire pressure for a 1995 Nissan Altima

by karen
(eugene, or, us)


what is the recommended tire pressure for a 1995 nissan altima?

On the tires it says 44 max psi but at the moment it is at 26 psi. I am going on a 800+ road trip and I want to know exactly what the correct or recommended tire pressure.

EDITORIAL COMMENT

I honestly don't know the recommended tire pressure for the 1995 Nissan Altima, and I couldn't locate a users manual for that year.

I have a manual from a 1996 model year and as you can see from the photo, the Tire Placard is located under the lid of the centre console. If it is not there you may find it on the driver's door post, inside the glove compartment door, or sometimes under the lid of your gas filler door.

The pressure of 44 stamped on the tire is the MAXIMUM pressure which you should never exceed. Your current pressure of 24psi seems to me that it might be a bit low because most cars that I recall run at around 28 to 32 psi, but there are always exceptions.

The best bet is to follow the recommendations of the car manufacturer but if you can't find the sticker then try a pressure of around 28 psi and watch how your tires are wearing over a 2-3 month period.

If the wear is even across the complete tread, then the pressure is correct. If the shoulders of the tread are wearing out sooner than the center you have pressure which is too low. If the centre wears more than the edges, then the pressure is too much.

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18 inch rims for 2002chevy malibu

by samuel martinez
(avon park florida usa)

will 18 inch rims fit my 2002chevy malibu?

Im tryin to fit after market rims on my car?

Editorial Comment:

You are interested in installing 18 inch rims on a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu.

I have seen wheels for the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu offered which range from 15 inch to 18 inch diameter, so you are certainly within the ranges which are offered by different manufacturers.

What is most important is the bolt pattern for the Chevy Malibu which is 5 - 115, which means there are 5 bolts and each one is located 115 mm from the other side all around the wheel.

You also have to take into account the offset of the wheel and the back spacing, but if you buy your wheels from an experienced dealer and specify that you are buying for the 2002 Malibu, you will most likely end up with the right match.

If you run across a set of wheels that you like which are not at a dealer's, note the size, the bolt pattern, the offset and the backspacing of that wheel and check to see if it matches what a dealer would offer you. That way you won't wind up buying yourself a headache or worse.

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Tire Concerns: Load Rating For Light Truck Tires

by Jon
(Las Vegas, NV)

Are there federal or state (NV) laws mandating load rating for tires on light duty trucks? I drive a 2005 Chevrolet 2500HD Duramax which calls for a load range E tire. I was sold a PASSENGER tire (P245/75R16 AT) by recommendation of a Goodyear tire shop. While towing a travel trailer the tire exploded causing a good amount of damage to my truck (not surprising huh!). Any help concerning this would be greatly appreciated.

Goes to show that not everyone can be trusted so do your homework!



Editorial Comment:

There are no laws which seem to deal with the kind of issue which you describe.

You may or may not have bought inappropriate tires.

Part of this depends on what kind of conversation you had with your dealer concerning the driving you normally did, and what conditions you wanted to be ready to handle. Did you tell your dealer that you'd be hauling a heavy trailer, for example?

Even so, another part of this situation depends on whether or not you adjusted your tire pressure between when you were running without the trailer, and later when you were hauling? If were given appropriate tires but you didn't adjust your pressure that's what caused the explosion ... from the little you've told me the tire exploded because it was not inflated sufficiently to meet the load requirements you were placing on it.

Here's a couple of links that might give you some insight into the issues surrounding the choice of tires for this kind of vehicle.

Tire rack talks about load range

and a Hummer user discusses his experience withLoad Rating.

You also might want to read: http://www.tire-information-world.com/tire-problems.html.

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Alternate tires for 1998 e320 mercedes benz

by darrell
(decatur ga dekalb)

Mercedes 320 e

Mercedes 320 e

I have a 1998 Mercedes Benz e320 with 215/65/16 tires on it I would like to put a little wider tires on it in a 16 what size would fit without rubbing of alternating it handling.

Editorial Comment

You can use our Tire Size Calculator to find some alternative sizes which are within a 2% range of overall size difference that are best for size swaps.

You need to always make sure that the tire you select will be the same or greater in its speed and load rating compared to your original tire avoid problems.

There is a rule-of-thumb which I use when looking for larger tire sizes. If you can fit your thumb between the body of your car and the tire mounted on your car in the narrowest space, you can safely consider adding 10mm to the width of your tire. Example, your tires are now 215mm wide, so you could go to 225 tires if one thumb width fits with room to spare. If two thumbs fit, maybe you can consider a 235mm tire.

Of course the only way to know for certain is to do a trial fit, but using my rule of thumb and the size calculator will get you on the right track. Also getting an experienced tire technician to do the swap for you will help ensure that you are not going to have unpleasant surprises late at night on a lonely highway miles from nowhere.

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Tire size for Ford F 150 XLT

by Chris
(Denton, Texas)

2012 Ford F150

2012 Ford F150

I want to put a size P265/70R18's on my 2012 STOCK F 150 XLT Screw 2x4 that comes from the factory with 265/65R18's. Can I do this without any issues?

Editorial Comment
Switching from a 265/65R18 to a 265/70R18 tire for your Ford F150 is not a major change in tire size. Basically you are electing to add a bit of height to your sidewalls. You can calculate that as being 5% (70 - 65 = 5) of the width of 265 mm, or a bit over 13mm. Since there are 25.4mm in an inch this is about 1/2 an inch.

Because this is a larger tire in total diameter you will experience a degree of speedometer error and a reduction in the consumption of fuel since each time the wheel makes one turn you will be travelling a bit frther than you would with the standard tire. You can use our Tire Size Calculator to find out the exact difference if you wish.

Juet be certain that the load and speed rating of the new tire is the same (or greater) than your OEM tires and you should experience no problems.

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99 chevy tracker tires

Chevrolet Tracker

Chevrolet Tracker

I have a 99 chevy tracker R16 205 75 can i use R16 225 75?

Editorial Comment:

I am assuming you mixed up the numbers on the tire sizes and meant to say the you wish to use 225/75 R16 tires instead of 205/75 R16.

The first principle you should always try to follow when you are considering different sized tires is to try to keep the over-all diameter of the tires as close as possible to the same, if you wish to avoid complications.

Since the height of the tire is expressed in the size as a percentage of the width, which is the first number and the percentage the second number, when you increase the first number you need to decrease the second number so that the increase will be compensated for by a decrease in the other.

What you are proposing is going to a wider tire (225 vs 205) so the Aspect ratio should decrease from 75. The best size if you want a 225 tire would be 225/70 R16, which is still slightly larger, but the difference is so small that it is practically insignificant.

All that being said you may find that the substitution you've mentioned is not impossible to work, but the difference in sizes is over 4% and in my experience I don't like to recommend a difference of more than 2%. If you stick with your original idea, you should expect that your speedometer will show that you are moving slower than your actual speed, and that you will use a slightly less amount of fuel.

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Tire Concerns: 18 inch wheels for 1988 gmc

by darren
(dawson creek)

i want to lower my truck 4 in the front and 6 in back i want to put 18 inch wheels on but dont now how to figure out if they will fit back space offset or what tires will fit thank you

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Use of a tire off a 1999 ford taurus for Chevy Impalla

well my tire blow out can i use a tire off a 1999 ford taurus.

can I use another tire off a different car and mine is a 2000 chevy impala and the other car is a ford taurus.

Editorial Comment

While there might be a very slim chance that there tires from a 1999 Ford Taurus MIGHT fit on a 2000 Chevrolet Impala, my guess is that you won't be able to use a tire and wheel from the Taurus to get you mobile in your Impala.

The standard Taurus comes with a 15" wheel and the standard Impala has a 16" wheel. So if your equipment is standard on both, this won't work. Next even if one of the vehicles has optional wheels which use the same diameter tire, the bolt pattern on each of the wheels is different, so the only way to use the tire from one would be to remove it from the Ford's wheel and mount it on the Chevy's wheel.

Finally even if you did have tires for the same sized rim on both vehicles, based on the Ford Taurus's OEM size, it would be far too small compared with the Chevy OEM size to work effectively.

You probably could have saved yourself a lot of wondering about this by just looking at the tire sizes on each of the vehicle. If they were different, you've already got a clue that it would not likely work.

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changing from 18in. wheels to 16 or 17in. wheels on 2009 vibe gt

by robin youngberg
(barnum mn.)

2009 Pontiac Vibe

2009 Pontiac Vibe

I have a 2009 pontiac vibe gt with 18 in. wheels and would like to put on the 16 or 17in. that are on the 2009 pontiac vibe. Is this o.k. to do?

Editorial Comment

This seems like a pretty straight forward swap since you are switching wheels from the same make model and year to another vehicle of the same characteristics.

Perhaps the only place you might run into difficulty is in selecting the tire size after the swap. Make certain that when you swap to a smaller wheel that you will compensate by increasing the tire's aspect ratio sufficiently to make up for the loss in diameter produced by using a smaller rim. The AR is the second number of the tire's size. Ask someone who is familiar with "Plus Sizing" to help you with that choice even though in your case you are really doing Minus Sizing, the concept is the same.

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265/r17 for 2012 Mercedes c250 4 matic sedan

by Alexis cambridge
(Pincourt , Quebec )

I have a 2012 Mercedes sedan 2012 c250 4matic and I would like to put 265/r17 on it for winter. Is it possible?

Editorial Comment:

Absolutely impossible!

There is no such tire as a 265/r17. You are missing a number in the size. If the tire you are thinking of is 265/40R17, then I would think there's a good possibility that it might work if there is enough lateral space to allow the tire to operate without rubbing.

The OEM size for your vehicle is 225/45R17 which is 40mm narrower than a 265/40R17, so you need to try a test fitting, and pay particular attention to the effect of turning the steering wheel to the maximum both left and right.

If the second number is not 40, then there is a greater than 2% difference between the OEM tire and what you're thinking of and I would not recommend it.

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2009 tacoma single cab with 5 lug 215/70/15

by jonz zimmermann
(madison wisconsin)

2009 Toyota Tacoma

2009 Toyota Tacoma

i just bought an 09 taco and i hate the tires.
i have found that changing out the tires and or rims is quite the extensive endeavor. i was going to lift it but my mechanic said it's not worth it since it's not 4x4 and suggested i just get bigger tires.

1) if i were to go with 16's how do i find the right ones
current = 2wd steel wheels, 15x6 bolt pattern 5x114.3 or 5x4.5,lug nut thread format:m12(12mm)x1.5 bore hole 67.1.

I found these specs on line and have no idea how to interpret. i would like my rims to have some depth to them as well. and

B) I bought the truck for fishing and camping trips in the summers but other wise city driving. I want a more aggressive tire and was thinking either 235/70/15 or 235/70/16 but don't know how to choose.

COOPER STT look awesome but i was told they are way too aggressive for my needs.

How do i buy a tire that looks good doesn't cause problems and handles my on off road needs. i love the way a lifted Tacoma looks with bad ass aggressive tires on it.


Editorial Comment:

Let's start by explaining the specs.
The 15 x 6 refers to the wheel diameter and width. 15 inch diameter for the 15 inch tires and 6 is the width from flange to flange. If you are buying new wheels, you might want to consider at least a 6.5 or 7 inch width so this gives you the opportunity to put on wider tires, which you might like.

5x114.3 or 5x4.5 refers to the lug nuts on your vehicle and this is critical for choosing the right wheel. The first number tells you there are 5 nuts, and the second number, in both cases is the measurement between each of the nuts the 114.3 is millimetres and 4.5 is in inches… they are exactly the same, just different measurements. Any wheel you use for your truck will need to have this specification.

The other specs aren't important in choosing your wheel.

Your biggest problem is going to come in choosing your tread design. Typically, an off-road tire is very noisy on the highway and will not give the best performance there. On the other hand, if you want a quiet ride, a highway tire will not give you the traction and aggressive appearance you seem to want.

Most tire companies offer a mixed-use variety of Light truck tire which gives you a bit of the extra traction without a great increase in the road noise.

In the end you may have to trade off either noise or traction if you want to get the best performance and choose you tire based on either what kind of driving you will be doing most of the time, or pick the one which is most important to you. Unfortunately this is one of those situation you just can't have everything you want in one package.

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Ford Taurus Rims for Ford Explorer

by Randy
(Louisville Ky, USA)

2010 Ford Taurus

2010 Ford Taurus

I have a Ford Taurus Station Wagon and I want to know if the rims off of it will fit my Ford Explorer XLT?

Editorial Comment

The answer to your question about using wheels from a Fort Taurus Station Wagon on a Ford Explorer XLT is a definite MAYBE.

I give you this answer because there are many variables which I don't have in order to provide a more exact answer.

What I can tell you for sure is that some wheels from the Taurus may not be suitable for an Explorer because I compared one model from a 2010 Taurus with another specific 2010 Explorer model and found that the Taurus came with 17" wheels or optional 18 or 20 inch rims, while the Explorer only offered 18 or 20 options even though, for that year, the bolt pattern and bolt spacing were the same.

Now if your vehicles are different years and perhaps different models from those which I considered, the answer could be either yes or no.

Here's what I suggest you do, if you don't have the two vehicles wheel sizes handy. Find out the size of your Taurus rims and do a search for available wheel options for the year, make and model of your Explorer. Pay particular attention to rim diameter, the bolt pattern and the bolt spacing. If these all match up, you're OK. If not then you're out of luck.

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16 inch lexus rims for 1989 chevy s10

i want to know if 16 inch lexus rims will fit on my 1989 chevy s10
the rims are 16 inch 5 lug.

Editorial Comment

Just having 5 lugs on a wheel isn't enough to guarantee that one wheel will fit another vehicle which also has 5 lug holes.

Also, when you are comparing wheels from one vehicle to another, it is important to specify the year, make and model because there may be variations depending on these details.

I see that a 1989 Chevrolet S10 has a bolt pattern of 5-475. At random, I looked at a 2000 Lexus LS400 and see that it had a bolt pattern listed as 5-114. These, as you can see, are different and, for this reason, I would suspect that these wheels are not going to be compatible. As I mentioned, there may be other bolt patterns depending on the year and model of the Lexus, but based on this first attempt I am not very optimistic for this swap.

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Tire concerns: Corvette directional tires

I have tires for an 89 Corvette. I can tell from the rotation arrows which side they go on, but does it matter if they go on the front or back?



Editorial Comment:

Usually, most cars have the same tires on both the front and the rear, and I'm not aware of any special needs of the 89 Corvette, so unless you've been doing some special mods it shouldn't make a great deal of difference, providing the tires of of the same amount of wear.

If you have tires which have different amounts of wear you generally want to have two tires with the same amount of wear matched on the same axle, and the tires with the best tread on the front to provide you with the greatest steering control.

Even directional tires can be mounted on either side of the car, providing the tire rotates in the direction of the arrows. If, the arrows are pointing in the wrong direction, you need to take them off the rim, flip the tire over, mount and re-balance it, then you can install it so that it will rotate in the correct direction.

The usual effect of putting a directional tire on "backwards" is that you will lose the water-dispersing characteristics of the tire which may affect handling in wet driving conditions. The tread will not wear more quickly, nor will you have any major issues apart from the wet driving. This is something to keep in mind if you have a directional tire as a spare and need to change it because of a flat.

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18 inch Forte rims for 1998 Blazer

by Will
(Michigan)

Will 18 inch rims by forte with p225/55r18 tires fit my 1998 blazer?

Looking to buy forte rims with tires wondering if they will fit my 1998 four wheel drive Chevy blazer.

Editorial Comment:

Forte Wheels are well known and have been in business for a long time. They may or may not be a good choice for you not because of compatibility but in terms of choosing the right wheel which is your job.

The most important thing is the BoltPattern which, in your case may be 5x120.7, and the other important consideration is the Offset If you get these correct -- along with the right rim diameter, you'll likely be OK.

You can shop for Tire & Wheel Packages at Tire Rack, because you can search for wheels by entering the vehicle year, make and model on the website. If you follow this route, you will almost certainly end up with the right sized wheel for your vehicle.

If you buy from TireRack, or other online dealers, you can often get wheel and tire packages with the fit guaranteed and the package shipped right to your home. They will be mounted, inflated to the correct pressure and balanced. All you need to do is install them and start driving around.

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15 " Pontiac Montana rims fit 2001 Dodge Caravan ?

by Tom
(Ontario Canada)

Have chance to buy excellant condtion used tires on 2001 Pontiac Montana rims.

Will the rims fit my 2001 Dodge Caravan ?

Tire size is 215\70\15 on both vehicles.

Is this just a bolt on and go or do I have to remove from Montana rims and put on mine ?

Editorial Response:

You want to put tires (and maybe wheels) from a 2001 Pontiac Montana on a 2001 Dodge Caravan.

The specs for the two vehicles' wheels are shown below.

Montana:
Bolt Pattern: 5-115
Rec. Tire Size:215/70-15

Dodge Caravan:
Bolt Pattern: 5-114
Rec. Tire Size:215/70-15

From this it would we see that the wheels from the Montana would SEEM to fit and it is possible that a person would try to force them on, possibly damaging either the wheel, the bolts, or both. Notice that that bolts are only 1mm different in spacing, but this is enough that they won't fit without causing some damage.

Your best bet in this case is to take the tires off of the Pontiac rims and mount them on your Caravan's rims, balance them and you should be OK. Maybe, if the rims are in good condition you might find a buyer for them via Craigslist or eBay.

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Tires for 2004 Hyundai Elantra 4dr sedan

by Ashley B.
(Arkansas)

2004 Hyundai Elantra 4dr sedan

2004 Hyundai Elantra 4dr sedan

What size tire do I truly need for my 2004 Hyundai Elantra 4dr sedan?
I see that the factory size is 195/60R15. However, upon inspecting my own tires, I have 1 that is 195/65R15 and 3 that are 185/65R15. First off, I'm irritated that they are all not uniform since I've been getting new tires at the same location for years now.

What size would best suit the vehicle?

Any help would be greatly appreciated for when I visit a new tire shop to make my purchase.

Editorial Comment:

Obviously the "best" choice is to use what your car's driver manual recommends which you say is 195/60R15. Now, if you check our our Tire Size Calculator, you'll see that both sizes of tires which you now have on your vehicle are larger than what is recommended.

You haven't explained how it came to be that you have 2 different sizes on your vehicle, but it may comfort you to know that the 3, 185/65R15's are only very slightly larger than the originals and perhaps may have been substituted when the original size wasn't in stock.

Your best bet would be to have all tires the same size all around, and if you are not going to replace all tires at the same time, I'd suggest that you consider going with the 185/65R15's and sticking with that size.

One thing to keep in mind in making your choice is the availability of the size that you choose and the relative price. Generally speaking a more popular tire will have a better price than one which is hard to find, so take that into account when you make your choice, but if all other factors are the same, I'd recommend the original factory size with the 185/65R15 being second choice for me.

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2002 ford explorer xlt with 20 inch chrome rims

by Rebecca Beall
(Pittsburgh, Pa 15003)

i have a 2002 ford explorer i bought it from a private owner it had 17" alinumium rims with 245/65/17 on the truck i went and bought 20" chrome rims with tire 275/40/20 already mounted to the rims when i had them put on the very nex day my O/D Light started flashing and as i drove the next few days the transmission started to act funny as usuual every mechanic told me transmission problems until i told another friend about my issue he knew i had just put the new rims and tires on and asked if the isssues started right after and i said yes. He suggested that I have them speed blanced because if they were out of balance they would mess with my speed sensor and cause my problem. well i did and all four were out off balance they were properly balance and put back on still had the same issue. i called him back and thanked him for his suggestion he then told me to immediately remove them completely and put my other wheels back on. he told me to go and speak to a wheel person and see what the proper tire size was to put on with the 20 inch rims because the wrong size tires would definitely cause the problems i m experiencing.

now my question is what are the proper size tires for me to buy to mount on these 20 in rims so my trucks computer and ransmission do not go haywire?

i also read that i coukd leave what i had on but just go to Ford and they will just recabriate my computer to the tires and rims i bought.

Editorial Comment:

You seem to have two issues that are affecting your 2002 Ford Explorer.

First let me comment on tires, which is what I am most familiar with. According to my calculations, the best sized tire for your vehicle with 20 inch rims would be 275/45 R 20, 265/45 R20 or possibly 245/50 R 20. Any of these sizes represent a difference of less than 1% in the overall tire diameter when they are mounted.

The 275/40 R20 tires you have installed are nearly 3% smaller than your standard OEM size and therefore more than I would recommend.

The issue you are having with the O/D light may not have anything to do with your tires except for the fact that it happened to start lighting around the time you switched tires. If you will do a web search for this problem, you will see that it is something that has been quite common for the 2002 Ford Explorer.

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can i put 185 60 r15s on a montana

by victor levi
(moncton new brunswick canada)

i want to put 185/60 r15 tires on a 2003 montana. can i do it

Editorial Comment:

To start with these tires are 30mm narrower than the OEM tires which are 215/70 R15, according to my specs on the 2003 Pontiac Montana 2wd. From this viewpoint you may have to use narrower wheel rims to get a good fit, although there is a slim possibility that the rims you now have might be permitted for this narrower tire.

The next issue is the tire height. The 185/60 is considerably lower than the OEM tire is over 3 inches which makes it nearly 12% smaller. Your speedometer error will be enormous and while the fuel consumption will drop also, there will be considerably less power delivered to the wheels and this could put extra strain on your drive train.

I do not recommend that you consider this swap any further. I usually limit size differences to stay within a 2% variation and in rare cases might not oppose a little bit beyond this but 12% is far too much for my comfort range. This is not a good swap for you.

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