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post #76 of 147 Old 08-26-2013, 08:14 AM
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Just got my Camry hybrid XLE a month ago, found some good information on this form regarding fuel economy and eco mode etc... couldn't find whether or not my current winters will work on my car though. I have winter tires already from my last vehicle, 215/70/r15. The overall size is comparable to what the camry has, but is a 15" rim big enough to fit over the brakes?
Easiest thing to do is to jack up the car and try. Gut level, given that even the most basic Camry Hybrid comes with 16's, the answer is likely no, but trying it is quick and relatively easy.
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Tire question

I have a question for you tire experts out there. Our 2012 Camry Hybrid LE has about 35k miles on some Michelin Green X tires. We had been running low on air on one of the tires and the Toyota dealer determined that it was not patchable. They recommended a new tire to be put on. So we had that one tire replaced. Should I have had BOTH front tires replaced? Now I have 3 tires with 35k miles and a brand new one, all the same tire though, but I'm wondering if I should go back and have at least one more replaced. They didn't seem to think it was a big deal when I spoke to them.

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That is the dilemma you face when forced to replace a tire. In that situation I usually go to a tire dealer that has lots of used tires and pick one out the same size, and as much tread as the remaining tires on the car.

I thought I was in the same situation as you the other day. For a week I could hear something clunking when driving slow or on very smooth pavement even at highway speeds. I began to think wheel bearing, but I finally felt around all the tires and found a self tapping bolt in one of the tires. It was near the edge and I'm sure if I went to a Toyota dealer or a Costco they would not fix it. About 6 months ago I ran into the same issue on my daughter's car. Too close to the edge, we can't fix it. At that time I decided enough of this and bought a $6 tire plugging kit. I put a plug in her tire (an expensive Michelin), and it has been fine since. The other day, I did the same with the tire on the Camry. I pulled out the bolt with a pair of vice grips, cleaned the hole, with the special tool in the kit, and installed a plug. It is holding just fine.

So next time that is what I suggest doing. For the situation you are in now, I would just leave it as it is, and replace all four when the three wear out. It is kind of a waste of that newer tire, but what else can you do. Buying a second new tire just digs the hole deeper, unless you want to start replacing the tires in pairs instead of as a complete set. I don't like doing that. I guess your other option if the tires are nearing wear out is to replace the remaining three now...

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Thanks Ron!

I was hoping they would plug it, but with it being the wife's car, I didn't want a frantic call from the highway. I think you are right, I'll just replace all four when the time comes.

You think the mpg would suffer at all from this combination?
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I can't see it affecting your mileage at all.

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Tires

The new Honda Hybrid uses the Michelin Premier A/S tire. Has anyone had any experience with this tire?
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Tires Dilemma

Bought a lease return 2012 TCH LE. The dealership put new Kelly "Explorer Plus" tires on it. I'm a hard core Michelin guy, but I thought, "Cool -- new tires. I'll see how they do."

Well, I don't like them.

Internet research says Michelin Primacy MXV4s are the bomb for this car. So I call my local tire store (which is conveniently running a $70 Michelin rebate).

Me: "Hi. I'm looking for 205 65R/16s in Michelin Primacy MXV4."

Tire Guy: "Let me check the computer. Nope. Not able to get those. The Primacy MXV4 is being discontinued. Maybe try the Energy Saver."

Me: "What do you have in stock for my 2012 Camry Hybrid LE?"

Tire Guy: "We'll have to special order anything you want. That's a very oddball sized tire."

Me: "You mean the car that's often the best selling car in the U.S. has oddball sized tires?!!"

Recommendations?

No internet results show anyone as happy with other tire choices, nor does Consumer Reports like any others as well.
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It's not a good sign when Tire Rack doesn't list the MXV4. They only list Continental and Yokahama, both of which are listed as LRR.

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tirerack.com does show Primacy MXV4 in stock as the OEM tire.
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One option is to go with a more common size: 215 60R16 is only .3 inch too small in diameter and 225 60R16 is 0.1 inch too tall. I went with the smaller size for my winter tires and had no problems (only a small speedometer error; less than 5%).

In both cases the error is less than the typical thread wear thickness. I would personnally stay away from the wider size because you would likely see a drop in mileage with the extra drag.

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tirerack.com does show Primacy MXV4 in stock as the OEM tire.
My bad. I clicked on best sellers rather than all tires.

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I buy my tires from Discount Tire as they have many stores in many cities. Although I don't know what area of the US they are in.

I would suggest the MXV4 Primacy in the H-series as it has the deeper 11/32 tread and is lower priced than the V-series which is the OEM tire for the Canadian TCH owners.

I run 40 psi in mine tested for air pressure about a hour after dusk. I over-inflate them to about 44 psi during the day then let them down to the desired air pressure. It's best to recheck your tire pressure ever couple of months.

Your tires and car will ride better at 38 psi, but i'm a mpg nut so go figure. lol

These tires are LRR tires and should have a tiny Green-X designation on the sidewalls. I have seen advertisements like michelinman web page where these tires will give you 8% increase in mpg same as the Energy tire, but the MXV4's include a quieter, smoother ride. Tires that helps pay for themselves.

http://www.michelinman.com/tire-sele...4/tire-details

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One option is to go with a more common size: 215 60R16 is only .3 inch too small in diameter and 225 60R16 is 0.1 inch too tall. I went with the smaller size for my winter tires and had no problems (only a small speedometer error; less than 5%).

In both cases the error is less than the typical thread wear thickness. I would personnally stay away from the wider size because you would likely see a drop in mileage with the extra drag.

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Thanks, Yves.

Do you think that there could ever be slightest chance that my extended warranty coverage from Toyota will ever balk at my using a non-OEM tire size?
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My bad. I clicked on best sellers rather than all tires.
When I checked, Tire Rack shows 3 in stock and a July delivery for more, which, considering Michelin has discontinued the tire, is probably not going to happen.
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Thanks, Yves.

Do you think that there could ever be slightest chance that my extended warranty coverage from Toyota will ever balk at my using a non-OEM tire size?
Hard to say; chances are they wouldn't even notice, unless you went for whole inches in diameter difference. What you end up doing with smaller diameter tires, however, is chewing up your mileage warranty a bit faster because you will reach the maximum faster (1000 miles on a 100000 distance assuming a 1% error). It's up to you; I did find at least twice as much choice in the more popular size and they generally come out cheaper because they are in stock.

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