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How to pick the right tires for your vehicle

Picking the right set of tires for you vehicle is more than just looking for a long lasting tire or a great handling tire. The tire you choose effects almost every aspect of how your car rides, handles, steers, mileage, and the balance of the car. Pick the wrong tire and you may upset one or more of these factors. The manufactures do not just put any tire on the car they produce. The tire is designed by the manufacture to enhance the cars abilities. The tire manufacture builds the tire to the auto manufactures specifications. Look on the sidewall of the OEM tire that came on you car. Look at not only the size but the speed rating. Is it an H rated tire or a S rated tire. You should replace your old worn out tires with ones with the exact same speed rating. This will insure the dynamics of the car are not altered. The manufacture of you car designs the suspension around the tire to give the best possible ride, handling, mileage, and braking. Change the tires and you may end up with a car that handles, or stops, poorly. Remember the tire itself is part of the suspension. The tire absorbs some of the bumps and potholes. I am not saying you have to buy the exact same brand tire that came on your car. What I am saying is stick with the OEM size, and especially speed rating. Have you ever read reviews of tires and noticed that the very same tire can be loved by one person and hated by another. Ever wonder why that is? It is very simple, one person bought a tire that was matched to their car and the other one didn't. So do your research and buy the right tire for your vehicle. You may be able to go up one size if you change the aspect ratio, but I recommend you stick with the OEM size. There are many great tires made by many tire manufactures, so choose wisely. Remember every tire is a compromise. It would be easy for a tire manufacture to build a tire that would last 100,000 miles, but that tire would ride and handle horribly, and basically be an unsafe tire. So they compromise. Do not compromise on the safety of your family. Do your research, talk to a tire expert you trust, and stick with what a tire your car was designed for. You cannot go wrong with OEM type tires.

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cab i use size 17 Rim for mitsubishi adventure and if yes whats the rim specs should i tell if im gonna buy and also what is the tire specs shoul i choose if i want something like low profile look tires


A great resource for this is Tire Rack. They have a selection specific to vehicles and calculators to help you select the right tire/rim combination.

Jan 28, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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will i have a problem installing 225/60/15 winter tires on my 1999 chevy tahoe


Hello,

I pulled up your vehicle information in our fitment guide and tires in the 225/60/R15 and 225/60R16 sizes are not load rated for your vehicle. They are also quite a bit smaller than the tires that came on your Tahoe when new. Running a tire that is too small (even if it was load rated) will have an effect on your vehicles performance. We do not recommend installing either of these sizes for safety and performance reasons.

If your Tahoe came with 15" wheels we would recommend looking into the 235/75R15 size.

If your Tahoe came with 16" wheels we would recommend looking into the 245/75R16 or 235/75R16 sizes.

If you are still searching for some winter tire options please feel free to shop our website at www.discounttire.com or contact one of our local Discount Tire or America's Tire stores. We would love to help you find a great winter tire that will fit your Tahoe correctly and help keep you and your passengers safe.

Dec 14, 2013 | 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

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will a tire size 195/70/R14 fit on a 06 dodge caravan?


No they will not. The last set of numbers is the rim diameter. the studded tires are for a 14" wheel. The two tire option for you vehicle are 215/70R15 (15" tire) and 215/65R16 (16" tire)


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Nov 30, 2012 | 2006 Dodge Caravan

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i have 1998 toyoto corolla what kind tire should i use and what size


This depends a lot upon what size rims you have, and what your driving conditions will be. Generally, the type of tire that is already in use on the car should be fine (the tire type and size are printed on the side of the tire ... usually something like "P175 65R14" or something like that -- it's in big lettering on the sidewall). The "P" in my example is for "Passenger" cars ... the first number (175 in the example) is the width of the tire tread in Millimeters ... the second number (65 in the example) measures the depth of the tire -- the distance from the rim to the tread ... "R14" gives you the radius of your rim.
The width of the tire affects the handling of your car (wider tires give you better handling) but can also contribute to road noise -- the wider the tire the noisier it is. If you've heard the noise from a Jeep with mudders (extra wide tires for driving in muddy conditions), then you understand the noise. With a Corolla you will probably not be facing too many off-road situations, so between 145 and 185 should be fine for a first number.
With a corolla, I would always recommend a passenger tire ... other ratings are for trucks and load-bearing vehicles.
The depth of the tire can also affect handling and road noise. The second number (65 from the example) gives you the depth. If you are looking for low-profile tires, this would be a smaller number. Although this does affect the handling and noise, it is mostly about the look of the tire. If you desire to have a family-car look, go far something in the range of 65 ... A little more or less will not have much effect that you will notice, but a larger number will make the car jolt less whan you hit a pothole or a bump in the road.
"R14" from the example is the most important number, and the only one that cannot change without changing the rims. This is the radius of the rim, and MUST match or the tire will not fit, or will pop off the rim while driving. Read the sidewall of the tires you have now, and use the same R number. Generally, anyone mounting tires will make sure that you have the right size before they will put the rubber on the rim for you -- it is as dangerous to mount a wrong-size tire as it is to drive on one.
If you have more questions about your tires, I would recommend visiting a tire retailer and speaking with someone directly -- they are generally well trained about tire specifications, and can give you more detail about the effect that each aspect of a tire will have on your driving experience. Having driven a few Corollas, I always used P175/65R14 on mine (I think it is pretty standard) but please be sure to check your tire to make sure you have the same size rims.

May 23, 2011 | 1998 Toyota Corolla

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