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My 2014 toyota calls for 16 inch tires but the dealer put 15 inch winter tires is this safe?

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  • My 2014 toyota calls for 16 inch tires but the dealer put 15 inch winter tires is this safe?


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Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 19:53
Do you have 15 inch diameter stock rims? Then yes, absolutely. Narrower width tire are more desirable for winter driving, because they will give you less resistance against snow and ice. Unless you have switched rim size go with what the dealer has recommended.
Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 20:10
It is perfectly fine, the size of the rim is not the important aspect. The overall diameter is important. So you can have a 15, 16 or 17 inch rim and have the same or very close to the same overall diameter. This is done by the specs of the tires in question. (215 75r 15 vs 225 60r 16 these r not compatible, but for example only) What they do is take the dimension from the original manufacturer tire and recalculate for a different size tire and rim to fit, so the OD is the same: 215 75r 15. -- 215 is the tread width in millimeters, 75 is the profile @ 75% of the tread width, and 15 inch rim. So you can figure out the OD of the tire and figure out what tire size fits that same OD on a 16 inch rim.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 06:46
90% of people who use winter tires use smaller diameter wheels. That is the norm.

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