My Winter tires are the wrong size!?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

Whaaat. I don’t know anything about snow tires, so I can’t help here, but I wanted you to know I’m highly annoyed on your behalf.

Where have you had them put on in previous years? I don’t understand how they suddenly can’t be installed.

Post # 4
Member
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

…Am I the only one who didn’t even know winter tires are a thing? I’ve never lived somewhere it snows.

Post # 5
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2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Lots of places could have policies that if the tires are too far off from “stock” (what the car came with, recommended by the manufacturer) that they won’t install them.  Try an independant garage if you’ve used the tires before and know that they do work.

Tires come in all kinds of sizes and many different ones could work for you. 

For example, my car stock from the factory came with 175/65/15 (15in wheels). There were also custom “sport” options to get 16 or 17 inch wheels… those tires would have come in 195/55/16 and 205/45/17 respectively. I bought my own 17″ wheels and i actually put 215/45/17s on them because they are a bit more “cushy” than the 205 size and fill up my wheel area better.  

If you select your car on TireRack.com it’ll show you the “correct stock size”. The size of your tires will be written on the outside of the tire so you can check and compare. 

As long as your winter tires are the correct wheel-size/diameter (the last number) and don’t rub/hit when you turn and go over bumps and fit on your wheels, they should be fine. 

I hope that helps… if you know the size of your tires and what car you drive i can try to help more. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Loveismagic:  and they’re very important!! winter-tires are a must have if you do drive in ice/snow. they make such a huge difference.

Post # 7
Member
2580 posts
Sugar bee

 

MsGinkgo:  

 

Some shops will only put what is recommended for your vehicle as per the manual. Costco is like this as well my truck has 20″ tires but that year 18″ is standard so they don’t want to put on 20″ snow tires even though thats the size of tires that I drive on every day. They also won’t put on mud tires because that is not the standard size tire for my vehicle.

Jus take it to another place that doesn’t follow this strict policy. Do you have Kaltire or Fountain tire? they will happily put them on for you.

Post # 8
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2580 posts
Sugar bee

 

Loveismagic:  

Lucky you! Never seeing snow again would be a dream on mine LOL Winter here is 9-10 months of misery.

Post # 9
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

MsGinkgo:  OH NO. That would not be good!

Post # 11
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264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

MsGinkgo:  Oh my gosh, the last shop must have accidentally switched the tires in the spring? That’s horrible!! I wonder if there is anything they can do? If not, try selling them on kijiji, someone will need them and you may be able yo get full price for them and buy the proper size :S

Post # 13
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6023 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

MsGinkgo:  can you not just take them to dealer and have them put on?

Post # 14
Member
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

MsGinkgo:  well, at least u know they work. Maybe the dealer will put them on?

Post # 15
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525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

try the dealer. see if they can help you

 

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