tire selection

tire selection

by jami
(saint johns)

my car is Hyundai 2005 sonata

so i want to change my winter tires, my actually tire size is p205/70 or 65/R15
my friend ha a set of four all seasonal tires with aluminium rims on it size is 215/70/15

is these tires will fit on to my car?

Editorial Comment:

You didn't provide enough information to allow a precise answer to your question. The 2005 Hyundai Sonata came in at least 3 versions: the GL, GLS and LX. Sometimes these have different sized tires and wheels as OEM (standard) equipment.

Since you say your tires are 205/70 or 205/65's on 15 inch rims it seems you may have a GL version which came with 205/65R15 tires.

Based on this, I would not encourage you to go to a 215/70R 15 tire because the difference in the second tire is more than 5% larger, and it is usually not recommended to make a swap which results in a difference of more than 2% in the overall diameter of the tire.

You mention that the new tires are mounted on aluminum rims but did not mention the vehicle they came from. If you were planning to use these rims, you need to ensure that their bolt pattern is the same as your Hyundai, otherwise this, too, could cause a problem even if you chose to use the rims and install a different sized tire which is closer to your originals.


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