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Old 04-25-04, 10:29 AM
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The used car i bought needs new tires. It is a 2000 Grand Am Sedan, 6 cyn.
The tires on it are P215/60R15. Do I have to go with that same size, or can I go to a different size? If so, what size? Thank you
 
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Old 04-25-04, 10:40 AM
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look inside the driver side door and it will tell you what size is recommended for the car.you need to stay close to the right size to keep the best gas milage .lord knows gas isnt getting any cheaper,the size you stated sounds about right for that particular car.you might could go with a 205/70/15 .
 
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Old 04-25-04, 11:49 AM
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I would suggest staying with the original equipment size.The suspension was designed with that tire size in mind.If you change sizes handling characteristics of the vehicle will be affected.
 
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Old 04-25-04, 03:25 PM
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No, you can't. That's a taller tire. Outside of suspension engineering problems, you will encounter computer problems both with ABS and mixture calculations for the PCM. You will change inputs like VSS, engine load sensors and shift points. It ain't like the old days. Besides, the rim will be set for the OE tire. Don't even deviate from the OE speed rating. You encounter very noticeable handling differences.
 

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Old 04-25-04, 08:56 PM
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desi did you read my first suggestion and the thing i said you MIGHT, might being the keyword............ive been in the tire business for quite awhile myself.
 

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Old 04-26-04, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by fordman30
i said you MIGHT, might being the keyword............ive been in the tire business for quite awhile myself.
It's not even a "might". It's an incorrect substitution for that size. A "minus 1" application would require a different aspect ratio AND a change to 14" rim to be a legitimate substitution. 195/70/14 would be the correct substitution to maintain correct height and sidewall stance. You can't save money by substituting different tire sizes without causing problems.
 
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