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  • avatar morin2 12/04/11 11:24 am PST

    Usually, there's enough room for error to go up or down one size. But the preference for snow tires would be to go down one size rather than up one size. It is not easy to get an answer to this question because everybody is concerned with liability today - so much that many places will not mount tires that are not OEM size and load rating.

    Take a closer look at the tires themselves and look at the DOT code impressed into the sidewall near the wheel rim to determine the tire's true age. You are approaching an age at which tires may have deteriorated by the age alone, although their tread may be fine (a common problem with trailer tires that are not used much).

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  • thecardoc3 12/04/11 11:22 am PST

    Will they fit, yes. Should you use them? That's debateable. There are lots of stories about using aged tires, in fact there is a new one in the maintenance section on this very site. From there, you'd actually be better served by a correctly sized tire, or one that is one size smaller when it comes to a winter tire, over one that is slightly oversized.

  • morin2 12/04/11 11:24 am PST

    Usually, there's enough room for error to go up or down one size. But the preference for snow tires would be to go down one size rather than up one size. It is not easy to get an answer to this question because everybody is concerned with liability today - so much that many places will not mount tires that are not OEM size and load rating.

    Take a closer look at the tires themselves and look at the DOT code impressed into the sidewall near the wheel rim to determine the tire's true age. You are approaching an age at which tires may have deteriorated by the age alone, although their tread may be fine (a common problem with trailer tires that are not used much).

  • morin2 12/04/11 11:26 am PST

    When two posters are busily typing away the same advice at the same time without seeing the other response, take that as additional verification of the advice!

  • thecardoc3 12/04/11 11:15 am PST

    Well I guess that deserves a "Ditto" VBG.

  • Stever@Edmunds 12/04/11 1:05 pm PST

    Here's a link to the story that Thecardoc3 mentions:



    How Old — and Dangerous — Are Your Tires?

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