Question about 2001 Dodge Caravan
I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan SE 2.4L 4Cyl. I travel a lot and the tires I have now are getting worn. They heat up and explode from road heat. I know my van isnt a jeep but Id like to know if I could fit slightly bigger meatier tires on my van, so that the tread will last longer. I also do a lot of moves and transporting. Will I have to get a lift kit to add bigger tires?
A larger tire will turn a bit slower, but it will also throw off your speedometer and engine control system by changing final drive gear ratio. With a smaller engine this is critical because you don't make enough torque to overcome the added roll resistance. I would change to a more "heavy duty" tire (higher load rating) than whatever you are using. They will cost more but will handle the load better. No tire is safe if it is very worn, so don't expect that they will not fail after that happens..
I would also rotate them more frequently...that spreads out the wear a bit.
Regarding your suspension, If carrying loads, you can change over to variable rate rear springs and possibly coil over shocks. this will help with "dragging" the back end.
Posted on Sep 05, 2009
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