How Do I Change Tire Sizes on My Car Safely?

Monday, September 19, 2011 by Doc Horvath

Tire and Wheel MeasurementWhile the wheels and tires that are equipped on new cars have been designed to compliment the car and provide an acceptable level of comfort and handling, many of our customers feel that they are not necessarily the best "fit" for their individual taste. In most cases, changing the wheels and/or tires is a great way to personalize your vehicle quickly and safely. However, how do you know which sizes will fit your vehicle? Leave that to us!

When a new model of car or truck is released, we will bring the vehicle in to our facility for evaluation and measurements. When verifying wheel measurements for each application, we measure:

  • Bolt pattern
  • Centerbore
  • Hub interference
  • Load capacity
  • Lug hardware
  • Suspension components
For more information on how we measure critical components of your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits." Performing these tests guarantees that the tires and wheels we sell you are going to fit your vehicle. These measurements also ensure that there will be no issues with the accuracy of your speedometer/odometer which could also affect the ABS or traction control system the vehicle may have. A tire that is too small (or too tall) can confuse the electronics of the car and cause these systems to malfunction when needed.

Shop by vehicle to find the tires and wheels that are sure to fit your vehicle!

Comments on How Do I Change Tire Sizes on My Car Safely?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by robert:
i have a 1/2 ton 4x4 pick up it has 30/950/15 tires on it what size do i need to match them.
Friday, November 18, 2011 by scott wolf:
My 2008 Honda Accord LXP came with P215/60R16 as OEM. Can I safely put P225/60R16 on it as a replacement? Would it impact comfort? I don't really care about fuel efficiency or acceleration. I read a great review on Hankook Optimo 727s and would like to get a set, but no one has the OEM size, but I have found the up size. My primary concerns are comfort, low noise, and wet/snow traction. Got a recommendation for around $110 per tire?
Sunday, November 20, 2011 by sam:
hi, i have a dodge grand caravan 2002 with 215/60/R16 tires in it now, i put winter tires 225/50/R16, is it safe? thank you
Sunday, May 20, 2012 by Holly Spear:
I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited. What is the largest sized tire I can get without needing a lift? Currently, I'm riding the factory tire: Goodyear Wrangler 255/75R 17. I would like a larger diameter and a bit wider as well.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Doc:
Dear Holly,

Thanks for posting a question on my blog. Unfortunatley the Original Equipment wheels (either 16" or 17") were built specifically for the OE tire sizes, so there are not many alternate sizes we guarantee to fit. For reference, we can guarantee the 235/75R16 for 16" wheels and 255/75R17 for 17" wheels. Hope this helps !
Sunday, August 26, 2012 by RAY:
I HAVE A 2004 CHEVORLET CAVALIER WITH 195/65R15 IN. TIRES. CAN I PUT A 215/60R15 IN. TIRE ON IT
Monday, September 10, 2012 by John Rhinehart:
I have a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer SS that come from the factory with 255 50 r20. What size tire can I run saftley with out any changes or modifications to my truck.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by doc:
Ray,

The 215/60R15 tire size is a little taller than we'd recommend, and will cause the speedometer to register s slighly slower speed than you are actually travelling.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by doc:
John,
If you keep the 20" wheels, our only other recommended size is 265/45R20. That size is just slightly wider with a slightly shorter sidewall (0.35" to be exact).
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Michelle:
I have a 2003 Chevy Tracker ZR2 convertible with 215 75 r15. Can I change to 205 75 r 15? I am in Hawaii and cannot find 215 75 tires - all out of stock. thanks
Monday, October 29, 2012 by doc:
Dear Michelle,
The 205/75R15 tire size you mentioned is a little narrower and smaller in diameter than the "stock" size, so it could not be mixed in with your existing tires. If you change all four tires at the same time, consider the truck tire size of 30x9.5R15 as a better option compared to the smaller size.
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Robb:
I drive a 2013 Accent GLS Sedan and it has the 16" OEM rims with 185/55R16 tires for all season. I have a set of 205/65R16 snow tires from my old car and want to be sure they will fit my vehicle. I know they will cause an issue with the speedometer but will they work on my car?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by randy springstead:
2002 GMC Envoy, spec tire size is 245/65-17 what are my options to chang size and what will the results be?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by doc:
Robb,
The overall diameter of your 185/55R16 tires is 24", and the 205/65R16 is a much taller 26.5". I have two concerns with the taller tire; I would expect a little rubbing if the spring were fully compressed (or bottomed out), and that your ABS or any traction control systems would not function properly when needed. I'd recommend finding another home for the taller tires.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 by Don:
I have a Dodge Durango 2001 4X4. My car has 265/70 R16 on it. I want to change to 245/75 R16 is this possible without causing problems.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 by PAP:
Had dicussion at work yesterday - man said you can go from 17" to 15" wheels and tires if bolt pattern and tire/wheel height matches - Is this so ?
Sunday, November 11, 2012 by curtis:
I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited that currently has 245/65 17. What are my options for sizes. I want a little more aggresive tread and have always had great luck with Goodyear Wranglers. I like the AT/s but it is not offered in this size.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by doc:
Don,
The 245/75R16 is the same diameter as your 265/70R16, and just a little narrower. Assuming you wheels are no wider than 8", the narrower tires will fit just fine.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by doc:
PAP,
For most vehicle, switch wheel sizes is not a major problem. Other than the factors you mentioned, we have to be careful to check the smaller wheels to make sure they clear the brake calipers on the car before guaranteeing fitment. For best results, reference your vehicle online (www.tirerack.com) or call in for our recommendations
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by doc:
Curtis,

Assuming your (factory) wheels are 7.5" wide, you can go up to a 275/55R17 tire size, but we do not have anything from Goodyear (or other brands) in an "all terrain" tread pattern. We can also guarantee 255/60R17 and 265/60R17 sizes, but neither have any all terrain options. To get an all terrain tire, you would have to do a tire that is taller or wider than we could guarantee to fit. Sorry I could not help further.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Steve:
I have a 2012 Honda Fit base model. Tire size is 175/65R15. The tire options in that size are very limited. Are there other tire sized that I can safely consider without changing the wheels?

THANKS MUCH.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Doc:
Steve,
Assuming your wheel is at least 5.5" wide, we guarantee the 195/65R15 as a great alternative size. This size is approximately 1/2" wider and 0.3" taller in overall diameter, so there is little effect on instrument accuracy.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Gary:
Have Ford Explorer Sport Track with 235/75/R15 tires on now. Can I replace with 215/65/R15? Thanks for your help.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Don:
I have an 08 Mazda 5 that I would like to get a more comfortable and longer wearing tire for. It came with 205/50-17 tires. I would like to get something with a taller sidewall and overall better ride comfort. What size could I go up to on thios vehicle?

Thank you,
Don
Monday, November 19, 2012 by doc:
Gary,
Your 235/75R15 is approximately 29" in overall diameter, while the 215/65R15 is much too small at 26" overall. The smaller tire's load capacity would not be enough to be used safely on your Ford. Sorry !
Monday, November 19, 2012 by doc:
Don,
The tallest tire we can use on your stock wheel is a 215/50R17, so I'd recommend you look at something in a Touring or Passenger All Season tire (H rated) for best results.
Friday, December 14, 2012 by shannon:
will 215/55R17 fit on my 98 ford explorer?
Saturday, December 15, 2012 by Brian:
Doc,

I have a new Ford Escape with 16" wheels/tires, total diameter of not quite 27". I'd like to put on 20" wheels/tires which would be 29.6" diameter. Will it work out?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by doc:
Shannon,
Your Explorer needs to have a tire that is least 29" in overall diameter to carry the weight of the vehicle, and the tire size you referenced is only 26.3" tall so they would not be safe to use. The largest size we can guarantee is 255/70R16 for reference.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by doc:
Brian,
The tallest size we can guarantee is a 245/45R20 which is 28.7" in overall diameter. Your tire size might have a small chance of rubbing if the springs were fully compressed..
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Donnie:
Doc, I have a 2003 Dodge Durango, I have 265/70R16 on it right now, will a P255/75R17 fit the stock wheel?
Saturday, December 22, 2012 by doc:
The 255/75R17 would be a little narrower but 1.3" taller in diameter which will will cause some inaccuries in the speedometer. Naturally, tire sizes ending in R17 would need a 17" diameter wheel so your stock 16" wheels would have to be replaced as well.
Monday, January 28, 2013 by tyler:
i have a 05 hyundai santa fe that has p225/70r16 on it right now, was considering goodyear duratrac lt245/75r16, i understand the duratrac's would be about 3/4in wider and 2in taller and would change the correctness of the speedo, however i do vary little hwy driving, mostly back road (unplowed 60% of the time), and moderate off road and the stock size has left me spinning and even travling different routes all together. but am i looking way to big?
Monday, January 28, 2013 by doc:
Tyler,
I'm concerned that the bigger tires will cause some issues with your ABS system, and cause additional stress on the driveline of your Hyundai.

I'd have you move up to the slightly larger 235/70R16 and have you consider the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor or General Grabber AT2
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Marlowe:
I have a 2011 BMW 135i convertible with sport package, built before 9/10. What tire size options do I have if I go to a 17" wheel for winter?
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by doc:
Marlowe,
Our two best recommendations are either 205/50R17 or 215/45R17 to stay close to the original equipment tire's diameter and load capacity. Once you enter the vehicle information on our website, click the link for Winter Tire & Wheel Package link and then opt for the "build your own package" option to get to the 17"
Sunday, February 10, 2013 by Steve:
My 2001 Honda accord has 205 65r15 tires on it. I put 205 70r15 snow tires on the frount. they look like a taller tire, will this cause a problem?
Sunday, March 10, 2013 by Anne:
I have a 2005 Trailblazier ,tirer size are 235 70 R16,can I replace all 4 tires with 235 75 R16,thanks.
Monday, March 11, 2013 by doc:
Anne,
Your Trailblazer came with the 235/75R16 size as original equipment, so it would be best to get that size back on the truck.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 by greg:
I just bought awesome tires for my 2001 honda odyssey that are 215/65/16. Now I am getting a 2010 honda odyssey that has horrible tires on it, but it uses 235/65/16. Can I safely put the tires from my 2001 on my new 2010?
Sunday, March 24, 2013 by Donna:
I have a Honda Fit Sport. OEM tire size is 195/55R15. I found a good price on 4 all season radial tires that are 195/65R15. Will these fit my car ok? Thank you very much for your advice!
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by doc:
Donna, the 195/65R15 size you referenced is 1.6" (6.8 %)taller in overall diameter compared to your original equipment tire, and would be too tall for us to guarantee fitment.

Our concerns would be that the larger diameter will cause malfunctions with your ABS and/ or traction control systems, and that the tires might and cause damage to both the car and the tires.

I'd recommend passing on the larger size for safety's sake.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by doc:
Greg,
Unfortunately the newer Odyssey is geared for the larger tire (so ABS and / or traction control would be adversely affected), and the smaller tire from the older Odyssey would not have enough load capacity to be used safely on the new model.

Sorry for the bad news !
Monday, April 1, 2013 by Brandon:
i have 2011 subaru impreza 2.5i im looking to change the tire size i have tires from my old nissan maxima on aftermarket rims will the size 235/45/17 with a 40mm offset, fit on the subaru
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Kelly:
My girlfriends 2007 Ford Explorer has P235/65R18 tires which are a expensive tire. Is there an optional size tire we can switch to that would be cheaper?
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by doc:
Kelly,
The only alternate size we can recommend is the 255/55R18, and while there would be a better variety of options in that (wider) size the prices would be nearly identical to the 235/65R18 size you have currently. Sorry I did not have better news !
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by doc:
Brandon,
235/45R17 would be wider than we could guarantee to fit without rubbing on the inner fenders. Nissan has a different bolt pattern, so we would not expect the wheels to interchange (even with a bolt pattern adapter). Hope this helps !
Thursday, April 4, 2013 by sonja:
My son's 97 explorer has 235/75/15 can I put any other size on? I found some 215/75/15 that he likes but want to know what size he could safely change to.Thanks
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by doc:
Sonja,
The only alternate size we can recommend is the 225/70R15. The tire size you referenced would be narrower and could cause some handling issues.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by James:
My Father has a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan with pretty worn 4 P205/75r15

A friend of ours wants to sell a set of almost new 4 P235/70r15 tires off of her Ford Explorer so she can buy off-road tires. Will the P235 tires fit the Caravan? Thank you.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Rick:
my son has a 2001 chev s10 with 235 55 R16...these are expensive and difficult to find. What options do i have that will fit on the existing rims? thx
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by doc:
Rick,
The only alternate size we can recommend is 245/50R16, which has a few more options but still not a huge variety. Anything wider that 245 has been know to rub with full lock turning (like in a U turn), so there is not much room to vary the size unfortunately.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by shirley:
Can I use 235/70/R17 on a 2002 gmc Denali?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by doc:
Shirley,
Assuming you have a GMC Yukon Denali, then the 235/70R17 size you mentioned would be smaller in diameter than the original equipment size (265/70R17) to be used safely. Sorry !
Saturday, June 8, 2013 by Kenyetta:
My 2004 jeep cherokee had 245 R70 16 rims and tires and I put 265 R65 17 rims and tires will this fit because I'm having problems with my tires shaking when driving on uneven pavement?
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Nick:
I need to replace my 235/75/15 tires on my 1996 V8 AWD Ford Explorer.I would like a wider tire look. What is max possible: 255/70/15 or?
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by doc:
Kenyetta,
The 265/65R17 tire size you mentioned is slightly larger in diameter than recommended, but that larger diameter would not normally cause a vibration by itself. I'd have the balance rechecked and make sure that the wheels are checked to make sure that they are not bent or damaged. Someone from a tire/wheel shop will need to do a test drive with you to determine the issue
Monday, June 17, 2013 by Mike:
I have a 07 suzuki xl7 v6 AWD which currently has 235/65/r16 all season tires on it. I would like to switch to 235/70/r16 mud and snow tires. Could this change seriously compromise how my vehicle runs, my vehicle's performance or safety? Thanks
Monday, June 24, 2013 by doc:
Mike,
The 235/70R16 tire size you referenced is 0.9" taller in overall diameter, so your speedometer would show you going approximately 3% faster than your actual speed. The taller tire would also be slightly heavier than your current size, so braking distance and fuel economy would be affected slightly as well. We have not measured an example of your vehicle to see how tall of tire we can guarantee to fit, and the only other size we can guarantee is a 255/60R16 which would be wider but the same overall diameter. Hope this helps !
Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Chris:
Hello there! I bought a 1994 Lexus SC400 which I really regret now, because it came with aftermarket 24 inch rims/tires. These are waaaay too big as the stock size is only 16 inches for this car. I now need to get normal tires for this car again. Assuming I went back to original stock size, would this be fine? Or will I need to have some adjustments made to the car first? For example, what if the people who put these large 24 inch tires on the car, modified it first, is it going to be simple/cheap to convert it back so that it will accept normal tires again? Or can it just be an easy swap? I'm really confused....Thanks for any help!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by doc:
Chris,
Assuming your Lexus was not modified (bigger brake calipers / lowering springs / suspension lifts, etc), you should be able to pop a set of 16" (or 17" or 18") wheels on with no concerns. I'd have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic to see if anything "out of the ordinary" is going on there.
Sunday, July 14, 2013 by Sajid:
I have a ford explorer 2005 XLT. The standard size mentioned is 235/70/R16. I just wanted to know if I can install 245/70/R16?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by doc:
Sajid,
The 245/70R16 would be about 1/2" wider and taller in diameter than your current tire, but is a safe size to use as an alternative on your OE wheel.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Bob:
My Granddaughters car is a 99 Cavalie Z24 convertible, the tires are 195/65R/15, my 99 Grand Prix which I'm selling has 205/70R/15 tires. are there any issues on either vehicle if I swap the Grand Prix tire & Rims, with the Cavalier & vice versa? thanks
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Doc:
Bob,
The Cavalier shares the same platform as the Pontiac Grand Am, so we would consider the wheels and tires to be interchangeable. Your Grand Prix uses wheels that are a different bolt pattern (5x115 while the Chevy uses 5x100)and tires that would be a little over an inch too tall. Without costly adapters, the two wheels could not be used on the other vehicle. Sorry !
Saturday, August 10, 2013 by fred:
What other sizes can I use to replace my 235/55/r16 tires on my s10? I want to change the tire size for more option
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Doc:
Fred,
The optional size we can recommend for 16" wheels is 235/60R16, which is just under 1" taller in diameter but should fit the same wheel you have currently. There is a much better selection in that size for sure.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by naa:
hi, can i use 235/70/16 on my 2005 santa fe?
and will it cause any issues?
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Doc:
Naa,
The 235/70R16 size is approximately 1/2" wider and 1/2" taller (overall) compared to the original equipment tire size, and will fit the original equipment wheel safely. We have used that size on your Santa Fe with great success.
Saturday, August 24, 2013 by Phil:
I have a 2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4, current tire set up is 245/65/17. Was wonder can I go to 265/70/17

Firestone Destination M/T or A/T
31.9. 31.7. Tire diameter

BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
31.7 Tire Diameter
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Doc:
Phil,
We would expect that a lift kit would need to be added for any tire diameter over 31" tall. Without the lift, we would expect the tire sizes you referenced to rub in tight turns or if the springs were fully compressed.
Friday, September 13, 2013 by Tom:
I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu with p215/60r15 can I put p215/60r16 on my car ??? Plz help
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Doc:
Tom,

To keep the diameter as close to stock 25" diameter as possible, we recommend using 225/50R16. Tire size 215/60R16 would be a little taller (26.2") than we could guarantee to fit without rubbing.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by daniel:
Would 215/70R16 with 16" rims be okay for my 2011 honda odyssey?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Doc:
Daniel,
The 215/70R16 is a little too small in diameter (27.8" overall) compared to the OE tire (29" tall) to be used safely as it may cause issues with your ABS and / or traction control systems. The narrowest tire we can guarantee to work is 225/65R17 for reference.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 by staci:
I currently have 245/55/18 on a 2011 camaro.I am having trouble finding snow tires, can I safely go to a smaller size.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Doc:
Staci,
Our records indicate that your Camaro has a 18x7.5" wheel, which we could also use a 235/60R18 and have the correct diameter and load capacity to be safe. Hope this helps !
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by Eli:
I have a 2012 Accord SE with stock wheels, a friend of mine is changing his 2013 Odyssey Touring, will his tires 235/60r18 fit my Accord?
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Chad:
I have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherkokee Laredo with stock 245 70r17
can i safely go to a larger 265 70r17?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Greg:
I have a 2009 KIA Sportage LX, OEM tire size is 235/60R16. Can I safely put 235/70R16 tires on it (original rims)?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Dawn:
I have 2005 ford explorer limited that currently have all seasons 245/65/17 and for winter I wondered if I could put on 215 / 60 / 17?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Greg:
Sorry in my earlier question I noted my Sportage as an LX, it is actually an EX if that matters.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Antonio Fuller:
I had a 2001 lincoln ls with 20" ferretti 374 the rims where very nice but would sometimes hit the top of the wheel wale causing the frame watch is bent under the wheel to come out then when bumped again cut the tire. I think this is because of the way the lincoln is designed to ride. I now have a 2006 lincoln ls and would like fit it with the same rims. Is it a way to keep the tires clear ? I dont know the tire size because I sold the 2001 with the rims but I have pics and know that the tires where not very slim and the rim size was 20"
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by drew:
i have a 2005 ford escape on it now are 235 70 16....found some winter tires on ford rims 215 60 16 ..havent bought them yet, want to know if that size is ok for this vehical...thankyou..drew
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Drew,
The 215/60R16 size is 3" smaller in overall diameter than your stock tires, and would not have enough load capacity to be used safely.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Dawn,
Given the load requirements of your SUV are fairly high, we cannot recommend using any tire smaller than the 245/65R17 for reference.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Greg,
Our records indicate the original Kia wheels are 16x6.5, so the 235/70R16 would fit the wheel. Our concern is that the 235/70R16 is 2" taller in overall diameter so there may be rubbing or issues with your ABS not working as intended. We could not recommend the use of that taller tire.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Antonio,
We have never found a 20" wheel and tire combination that would work on the Lincoln LS, so I do not have any recommendations for you unfortunately. The lowest profile tire we can guarantee is 245/35R19
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Chad,
To maintain the proper tire diameter, we'd recommend the 265/65R17. The 265/70R17 might cause some issues with your ABS system given the taller overall diameter.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Eli,
The 235/60R18 are much too tall (3" overall) to fit without rubbing.

Sorry !
Friday, October 25, 2013 by eric:
Hi, I have a 2013 dodge challenger sxt. original tire size is 235 55 18, I wanted to see if there was a conversion in tire and wheel size to a 15" I love the old Crager/Centerline wheel look. is this possible and if so what size,back spacing etc. fits? Thank you
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Brian:
Would a 235 65 16 tire snow tire fit on a 2002 santa fe? Thanks.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Brian:
I have a 1992 Ford Ranger 2x4 Supercab, it currently has 215/70/r14 on it... can I change to the 195/70/r14 that other models had as OEM?
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Doc:
Eric,
We have only been able to go as small as a 17" wheel for your application, and have encountered problems with brake clearance with any smaller wheels. I'd send you to someone like JEG'S or Summitt Racing's website if you're looking to go that small.
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Doc:
Brian,
The 235/65R16 would be a little wider and just a little smaller in diameter than your stock size, but would have sufficient load capacity to be safe to use. We normally recommend going with the narrowest tire possible for snow tires for reference.
Saturday, November 2, 2013 by ihab:
hello
I have 2005 dodge grand caravan I have wheels 235/60-18 is that work for it ????
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Craig :
Hi. I have a 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with 235/65/18 tires.
Can I safely replace these with 275/65/18 tires?
Thanks.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Leah:
Hi Doc:
I have a 2010 Ford Escape. Stock tires are P235/70R16 104T.
Im looking to put on winter tires now. Would 235/65 R16 work?
Thanks,
Leah
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Sheila:
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT. The mfg says to install P255/70R/16 tires. Would 235/65R/16 be ok (safe?
Saturday, November 9, 2013 by bryce:
I have 05 Sentra S With 195/60R15. Could I put Continental Pure Contact 195/65R15 on & not mess speedo/odo?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Colin:
Hey Doc, i was wondering if i can put 2010 santa fe rims with 225/70r/16 on a 2005 honda odyssey?

thx.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Matt:
Hi there, I have a 2008 Santa Fe. I'm wondering if I can put 215/65/16 snows on it. I think I currently have stock 225?/70/16's on it.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Craig,
The 275/65R18 would be approximately 1.5" wider and 2.3" taller (overall) than your current tire size. The change in diameter would be the concern as it is 7.7% taller and would cause problems with your ABS system (along with your speedometer). In addition, the wider tire requires at least an 7.5" wide wheel, so your existing wheels may not work.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Ihab,
The 235/60R18 tire size you referenced is taller in diameter than we could guarantee to fit without rubbing in certain conditions. Our recommended tire size would be 235/50R18 instead
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Leah,
The 265/65R16 size would be smaller in diameter than we would recommend, and would be more prone to damage from potholes as the tire would be overloaded somewhat. The best option for snow would be the narrower 225/75R16 for reference.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Sheila,
Ford used the 235/70R16 as the standard size on your Sport Trac, so we would rule out the 235/65R16 as the diameter would be smaller than recommended. Sorry !
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Bryce,
The 195/65R15 size would cause the speedometer to indicate a speed that was 3.3% slower than your actual speed. We would also expect some issues with the performance / accuracy of your ABS system as well, so we would not recommend the use of this taller size. If you like the Pure Contact, consider the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus in your 195/60R15 size as a viable option.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Doc:
Colin,
The 225/70R16 tire size would be fine on the Honda, but the Honda bolt pattern is 5x120 and the Hyundai uses 5x114.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Doc:
Matt,
Your current tire size should be 235/70R16, so the 215/65R16 would be too small in diameter to carry the load of your vehicle safely
Monday, November 18, 2013 by Virginia:
I have P215/70R16 snows from my 2011 Kia Sportage. My new 2013 Kia Sportage has 235/55r18 tires. Can I use the old snows on the new vehicle and if so would I have to purchase new rims? Thanks so much
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Lacee:
Will Goodrich mud LT 255/75/R17 fit a 2004 chevy trailblazer?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Sue:
can i use 215/65/r16 on my ford fusion 2008 instead of 205/60/r16.
Thanks
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Walter:
Our 212 Prius came with 195/65 r15. I have a nice set of 185/65 r15 snows on rims. Is that a safe size to use on the car?
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Greivin:
HI there,
I have a ford f-150 xlt with P235/75R17 - can I put P245/70R16 snows on my 17 inch rims or do i have to get new 16 inch rims? or do you recommend new tires for my 17 inch rims instead? thank you!
Friday, November 29, 2013 by scott:
Hi I have a 2013 dodge caravan r/t tire size 225/65R17 if I put a set of 235/65R17 will the Rub on turns?
Thank you
Friday, November 29, 2013 by Mac:
Hi, will 225/70R16, or 225/55r16 tires, on 5-bolt rims work on a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan ?, Thank-you.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 by kent:
I have a 2010 Chevy Malibu LT with 215 55 17 originally on it I would like to know would a 235 55 17 fit this car without any issues
Monday, December 2, 2013 by April :
Is it safe to put 225/65/16 on my 2001 Honda odyssey?
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by tony shook:
will 225/60r16 work on 2004 Lincoln ls to replace 225/55r16
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Virginia,
The 215/70R16 size will need a 16" wheel and could not be used on an 18" wheel. Sorry !
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Tony,
The 225/60R16 would be one inch taller in diameter than the 225/55R16, and would cause some issues with speedometer accuracy. It would probably fit but may rub over big bumps, so nothing we would recommend
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
April,
225/65R16 is a little taller in diameter than we could guarantee to fit without an occasional rub. we can recommend 225/60R16 as a better fit for reference.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Kent,
We'd recommend a 235/50R17 to better match the stock tire's overall diameter. The 235/55R17 might rub a little if the springs are fully compressed.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Mac,
To best match the original tire's overall diameter, we'd recommend 235/60R16. The 225/70 would be too tall and the 225/55 would be too small to support the weight of the vehicle safely.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Scott,
The 235/65R17 might be too tall for comfort, we'd recommend 235/60R17.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Greivin,
P245/70R16 would need 16" wheels, and we have yet to find a 16" wheel that will clear the brake calipers on the (most recent) generation F150.

Please call in with the year of your truck as a double check
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Walter,
185/65R15 is only 0.5" smaller in overall diameter, but the change in size would result in a decrease in load capacity that may cause problems if you neglected to check your PSI. We cannot recommend that size as a safe option, sorry !
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Lacee,
The 255/75R17 size would be tall enough to most likely rub in a "u" turn or when the springs were fully compressed. That size would only fit safely with a lift kit or other suspension modification.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Doc:
Sue,
215/65R16 would be taller in diameter that we could recommend to fit without the possibility of an occasional rub. The 215/60R16 is a safer size
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tim:
I have an 08 Honda Fit that needs tires again. 195/55/15 performance tire. Theres just not that much choice I have in that size. I really want a touring tire. Would switching to 195/60/15 be ok? There more options in that size.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Nicole Mucci:
can i put p245r17 tires from a chevy trailblazer on a 2008 honda pilot that calls for p235r16 tires safely?
Friday, December 13, 2013 by lf:
I have a Malibu 2009 Lt. The touring tires were recently replaced with P215/55R17 tires. The MPG indicator is registering 5 mpg less. Are the replacement tires causing this?
Friday, December 13, 2013 by Doc:
Tim,
The best bet is to go to the slightly narrower 185/60R15, there are some pretty good options there. Anything wider that stock will have even fewer options.
Friday, December 13, 2013 by Doc:
Nicole,
The Pilot uses tires that are 29" in overall diameter, and the Chevy would use tires that are just a little taller at 29.5". While we would not expect any major rubbing issues, there would be just a small decrease in accuracy of your speedometer.
Friday, December 13, 2013 by Doc:
If,
The P215/55R17 is the original equipment size for the LT model, so there should be no problems with the accuracy of your speedometer. The Brand new tires will be heavier that the tires you just took off, so that is probably having an effect on your fuel economy. I'd also have you double check your air pressure to make sure you are set to the recommended pressures from Chevy.
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Beth:
I have a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan that says it should have 215/65/16 tires on it (right now there are 215/60/16 tires on it) would I be safe putting 215/70/16 snow tires on it?
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Micahel:
I have a 2000 Silverado 1500 ext cab 8ft bed. Stock tire size is 265/75r16. Tires on it now are 265/70r16. Will 225/70r16 snow tires fit also?
Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Curt:
I have a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country with 215/65/R16 tires. My father-in-law has a set of 4 215/55/R16 snow tires with less than 4 months on them that he cant use. The local garage tells me there isn't enough clearance for them to fit because they are too wide? On this tire, will the change from a /65/ to a /55/ be that much wider that it will rub on the strut or fender?
Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Nick:
Hey Doc,
Just wondering if I can put P235/60/R16 tires on my 1994 Chevy Lumina Euro car? It currently has P215/60/R16.
Friday, December 20, 2013 by jon:
will 195/65 R15 fit on a chevy s10 4x4 zr2 pickup
Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Doc:
Beth,
The 215/70R16 would be a little taller than recommend, so we would your speedometer to show your speed about 3% faster than your actual speed. We would not expect any rubbing issues in everyday driving, but there could be an occasional rub if you hit something hard enough to bottom the vehicle .
Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Doc:
Micahel,
The 225/70R16 would be a little smaller than we could recommend. That size would have a lower load capacity (due to the smaller size) and would be vulnerable to blowouts or bubbles in the sidewall from impacts. The smallest size we could recommend is 225/75R16
Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Doc:
Curt,
The 215 is the width of the tire, and the /65 or /55 is the height of the sidewall as a percentage of width. the 215/55R16 is the same width as what you are using, but is 1.7" smaller in overall diameter than what you have. This decrease in diameter will reduce the load capacity of the tire to the point that would not be safe to use on your vehicle. You will need to stick with your original size.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Doc:
Nick,
The 235/60R16 is a little wider than we could guarantee to fit. We'd expect a little rub on the front fenders when the wheels are turned all the way to the left or right, especially if the springs were compressed.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Doc:
Jon,
The 195/65R15 would fit the factory wheels, but be 4" shorter than your stock tires and would cause some noticeable error in your speedometer as well as looking odd.
Monday, December 23, 2013 by Sue:
Hi, I have a 2006 Maibu LT which takes P215/60R16 all season tires. Can I put my husbands almost new Michelin P215/60R15 tires on the vehicle? Thanks much.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Garrett:
Hi Doc,
I have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 225/65R17. I have a complete set of factory 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited tires 255/75R17 with rims. Can I safely switch out my Cherokee tires with the Wranglers? Thanks!
Friday, January 3, 2014 by ajay:
Can I change tire size 195/55R16 to 195/65r16 or205/55r16 for hyundai fludic 1.6 sx verna
Friday, January 3, 2014 by Doc:
Sue,
Unfortunately we have not found any 15" wheels that would clear the brake calipers on your car, so you'll have to stick with the 16" wheel and tire size you have currently. Sorry !
Friday, January 3, 2014 by Doc:
Garrett,
I'm thinking you should have a 235/65R17 tire currently which is 29" in diameter. The 255/75R17 is 32.1" in diameter, so we'd expect some rubbing (especially in a "u" turn) unless you install a suspension lift or modify the inner fender liners for more clearance.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by william:
I have a 2008 Nissan Versa with 185 60R 15 tires I want to put on a set of P205 70R 15 snow tires on the car. Will this work OK ? Will I need a different rim?
Sunday, January 12, 2014 by Jenna:
I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS with 225 70 16 tires and was wanting to replace with the General Grabber AT2, but there not available in my size. Would it be ok to go up to 235 70 16 without anything rubbing?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Ben:
Hi I have a 2001 ford focus with 215 50 r16 currently on it I need to replace one of the tires and currently can only afford to buy used. The closes size tire I can find used is a 215 55 r16 my question is would it be safe to put one of these on the car for the time being or would it mess the car up?
Monday, January 20, 2014 by Doc:
William,
We always recommend going with a narrower tire for winter use, and the size you referenced would be a little wider and taller. Stock size for the Versa should be 185/65R15, so the tire size you are using now is a little too short in diameter.
Monday, January 20, 2014 by Doc:
Jenna,
You can use 235/70R16 on your original equipment wheels with no problems. General offers the AT2 in that size.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Jim:
Hi Doc:
I have a 2006 Ford Escape. Stock tires are P235/70R16.
Im looking to put on Hankook Optima H727 all season tires on now. Would their size 235/65 R16 work?
Thanks,
Sunday, February 2, 2014 by Dan:
Have 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited fwd. Original tire 235/60R18. Can I go to 265/60R18?
Friday, February 7, 2014 by Doc:
Dan,
255/55R18 is the largest alternate size we can recommend. The 265/60R18 would be a little too wide and tall for us to be sure of fitting.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 by Leon:
2 wks after spending $500 on a new set of245/75R16's for my 1999 Ford Ranger, the engine went out. Gonna junk it, but don't wanna waste new tires. Would they be compatible for the wife's 2002 Saturn Vue V6 AWD which needs new tires and are currently 235/65R16's?
Monday, February 10, 2014 by Juan:
I have a chevy venture tire size p215/70r15. can I safely replace all 4 with tires sized p205/65r15 without causing damage to my car?
Monday, February 10, 2014 by Juan:
I have a chevy venture tire size p215/70r15. can I safely replace all 4 with tires sized p205/65r15 without causing damage to my car?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Amy:
I have a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer EXT...tire size is 245/65/R17...are there any other sizes that I could safely put on my car
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Jim:
I have a 2006 Ford Escape. Stock tires are Continental P235/70R16, which are very loud while running.
I'm looking to put on good-rated Hankook Optima H727 all season tires as a replacement. would their size 235/65 R16 work? I know the overall diameter is a little smaller, but they don't have an exact match.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Steve:
My 04 Ranger Edge has 235/75/15 tires can i replace with 255/75/17 Jeep wheels and tires.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 by Jim:
03 lincoin town car can I put on 235/55R17, Firestone Firehawk GTz I run them on all my other cars.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by craig:
i have a 01 jeep grand cherokee laredo. it has 245/70r16 on it. will 265/70r16 fit on it?
Thursday, March 6, 2014 by rick:
i would like to put the correct size tire back on my truck someone put 265/r70/16 can i put yhe 235/r70/16 back on these rims
Monday, March 10, 2014 by Rich:
Will a 225/60R16 fit on my Honda Pilot 2008? Current tire is 235/70R16. Will there be any issues with safety and odometer? Thanks for your help
Saturday, March 15, 2014 by Rob:
I own a 2006 Honda Odyssey and am considering switching the tire size to 235/70R16 (OE is 235/65R16). Will this size fit ok?
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Dane:
2010 Dodge Challenger R/T. I have stock 18" wheels and want wider tires. I see on several Challenger forums the 255/55R/18's will work. Thoughts?
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Steve,
The tires will probably be OK (they are a little too tall, and may rub occasionally), but the jeep wheels have a smaller centerbore than Ford so they would not clear your hub on the Ford.
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Craig,
The 265/70R16 may be a little too wide to fit the factory Jeep wheel. You'll have to check the literature that came with the truck, and if the wheels are at least 7" wide then you should be fine
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Rick,
Not having the truck information makes answering this difficult. The 265/70R16 needs at least a 7" wide wheel, where the 235/70R16 can fit as narrow as a 6" wide wheel. I'd have you check your owner's manual and see how wide the wheel is.
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Rich,
The 225/60R16 is narrower and smaller (by 2" overall)in diameter than stock. The smaller tire would not have enough load capacity to be safe, so we would not even consider that size an option.
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Rob,
We've had a handful of reports that the 235/70 has rubbed over big bumps, so the only size we guarantee is the stock size.
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Dane,
The 255/55R18 is just a little taller than stock, but fits the original equipment 18x7.5" wheel just fine. We do not list the 255/55R18 as an approved option for the car as the taller diameter will influence the accuracy of the speedometer and could cause issues with ABS.
Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Jeson:
Hi, my CRV has 215/70R16 is it safe? if I change it to 225/65R17
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Michael:
Hi. I bought a 2014 Grand Caravan with 225/65/17 tires on it. I got a set of winter tires, same size, as part of the sale.I have come across some 17" wheels from a jeep wrangler for a good price and would like to use them for the winter tires. I believe they have the same bolt pattern and close offset. The rim width is a bit larger, 8", I believe. I am wondering if they would fit my van? Thanks
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by richard jenkins:
someone put differnt rims on my truck it has 265/r70/16 can i put the 235/r75/16 on same rim to put the factory tire back on it is aq 2000 gmc seria
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Ian:
I have a 1998 dodge ram 1500 4x4 truck it currently has P245/75/R16 tires. I want to go to a 18 inch wheel and a taller tire to take up some of the excess space in the wheel wells. Can you tell me a good tire and size to go with my new wheels
Friday, April 4, 2014 by Dan:
I have a 2005 subaru outback with 235/55R17 and i want to put tires on it that are 215/60R17 am i going to need different rims?
Saturday, April 5, 2014 by joel:
Can I put 245 75R17 tires on my 2007 traillblazer
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Doc:
Richard,
Assuming the wheel is between 6" and 7.5" wide, the 235/75R16 will fit safely. You may want to inspect the wheel to double check the size; it should be stamped on the back of the wheel somewhere for reference
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Doc:
Michael,
We don't have a cross reference list for "factory" wheels, but most Wrangler wheels from 2007 and newer models look like they should work (I'd recommend a test fit just to be safe)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Doc:
Dan,
We show the 3.0 version of the Outback coming with a 225/55R17 size tire, which can be fitted on any wheel between 6" and 8" wide. The 215/60R17 would fit wheels between 6" and 7.5" wide safely, so you should be fine (double check the size of your wheel to be sure).
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Doc:
Ian,
All the 18" tire sizes that would be taller than stock would most likely need a lift kit as they would be much wider than stock as well. Our primary recommendation is 285/60R185 for reference.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Doc:
Joel,
the 245/75R17 would be 2" larger in diameter than the stock tires, so we would be concerned that the tires might rub if the springs were fully compressed by an impact. We would not recommend that size as a safe fit
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Chuck:
I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix (base model) with 205/70R15. Can I safely move up to 215/70R15. Thanks.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Kevin :
Can I transfer my 195/70R14 tires from my 97 Camry to my 00 Hyundai Elantra GLS wagon (currently 195/60R14?)

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