changing 2003 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN TIRES

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by cheerful, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. cheerful

    cheerful Guest

    Hello,

    I have like 25K miles .. and yday had a blow out... on my left rear
    tire.( there was a 2 inch hole on the side if it. )

    got a new one installed at sams ..

    i wanted to know if it is better in the long run to change the second
    rear, also.. and /or change the front too.

    the other tires are.. in good/avg shape... how do u measure /rate a
    conditon of the tire.. I can still see quite some tread left


    also.. one more thing.. the VAN recommneds 36psi for the tires.. which
    have a MAX rating of 44PSI..

    now this one tire I installed has a MAX RATING of only 35PSI... and the
    guy at sams told me that I can fill it till 35PSI..

    is that fine to keep one at its MAX 35 PSI and others at 36PSI..
     
    cheerful, Aug 10, 2006
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    maxpower Guest


    If the other tires are good leave em alone
    It wont make a difference

    Glenn Beasley
    Chrysler tech
     
    maxpower, Aug 10, 2006
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    EO Guest

    If you have a full size spare use it and put the new on in the spare box.
    If you think your tires are wearing at 25,000 some thing is wrong - they
    should go at least 50,000 if properly taken care of.
    1psi is not a real problem.
     
    EO, Aug 11, 2006
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  4. cheerful

    * Guest

    wrote in article

    If max. inflations and max loads do not match, the replacement tire does
    not equal the original tire.

    The "tire expert" at Sams was probably selling meat last week.

    What is the "load rating" on the old tire versus the new tire?
     
    *, Aug 11, 2006
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    scrook Guest

    The 44psi tires are heavier load range (prob light truck "LT" tires), the
    tire from Sams may be underrated for the application, so firtst I'd be sure
    you have the right tire. Then I'd be inclined to run a matched pair
    (brand/model/size) on the axle, but first things first, get a proper size &
    load range tire installed.
     
    scrook, Aug 12, 2006
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  6. cheerful

    cheerful Guest

    Thanks for all the insightful advice.

    the TIRE RATING is 735Kgs.

    the original TIRE on my Van( on the remaining 3 wheels is ) 750Kgs.

    now. the tire i installed is a P215/70R15 tubeless radial.

    Someone advised me to atleast replace an axle at a time ie. 2. so I
    should change one more. but as I said earlier, the other 3 tires have
    quite a lot of TREAD left on them.

    also, I am a bit paranoid on getting another blow out and the last time
    it was the read left.

    so should I buy one more tire( 80 bucks) and put the new 2 ones onto
    the front axle, and leave 2 old ones on the rear.

    thanks in advance
     
    cheerful, Aug 21, 2006
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    Mike Romain Guest

    The law in most places states you are driving an 'unsafe vehicle' if you
    have mis matched tires on the same axle. If you get into an accident
    and they notice this, you can end up in trouble or even on the end of a
    tow truck. (silly spare is the exception, but is limited in speed)

    The different load rating tires will handle differently when you corner
    and this can cause the vehicle to sway to the point of loss of control
    or a spin out on a corner.

    Mike
    86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG Muds, 'glass nose to tail in '00
    88 Cherokee 235 BFG AT's
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    Mike Romain, Aug 21, 2006
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