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Honda Fit, Tires, Wheels
Jul 28, 2010 (7:38 am)
I have a 2009 Honda Fit Sport. I've owned the car 1.5 years and have had two tire blowouts and a cracked windshield. I have the Bridgetones, and both times it was incredibly difficult to locate the tires, and also very expensive to replace them. One cost $230 by itself, and both times I used different auto shops. The dealer, (which I do not use for service or reapairs,) told me when I bought the car that I had to have "special" tires. I was so desperate both times to replace the tires, as I live and work between only major highways, that I paid the ridiculous price. The tow truck operator told me to find out if there was a different, less expensive, yet safe tire that could be put on the Honda Fit. Right now the model number I have is: 185/55R16. As you can tell I know little about cars, and I literally feel like I am being"taken for a ride" here. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
#123 of 213 Re: Honda Fit tires [sarbear565]
Jul 28, 2010 (2:50 pm)
My 2010 Fit Sport uses Dunlop 185/55 R16 tires. Upon searching mavistire.com - these all season high performance tires were listed for $ 82.00 each. Hope this helps !
#124 of 213 Re: Honda Fit tires [sarbear565]
Jul 28, 2010 (2:53 pm)
I found TiresPlus has Bridgestone for $166 each, and there is a new Bridgestone coming out... the "Potenza" for $106 each, and they are "rated" at 50,000 miles.
I got the "Road Hazard Warranty" with this one... and it was 10% of the price or about $11 per tire. Don't see another brand on the horizon. Also, I asked them if they would check and see if there were any customer complaints about these tires... which they replied no. And I asked if there was any indication what caused the bubble in my tire, with less than 3000 miles on it... same answer... I'm complaining!!! But who's listening???
#125 of 213 Re: Tire Wear Issue [1g2b]
Oct 05, 2010 (6:40 am)
I own a 2007 Fit Sport. Put 52,000 miles on original tires, but only got 20,000 on second set. The rear, especially left, was wearing on inside unevenly. The tires were rotated 3X during that time, mostly highway driving. Tire shop suggested it might be mechanical. Took it to Honda for alignment and inspection, and they told me rear left wouldn't come within normal range on alignment. Said it was because the rear beam was bent and needed to be replaced. That was hard to believe since I've never had an accident or hit anything. Took it to 2 other mechanics. We looked it over and couldn't find any bend or other problem. I don't know why Honda would say this except that may be the only way they think will fix the problem. Their fix would cost me $1,200. Seems excessive, especially after talking with another mechanic who encountered the same problem recently and the new beam and spindle did not fix the alignment problem.
I put 195/55R-15's on this time. These are mfg. recommended. Last time I put on 205/50R-15. Don't know if this will make any difference. I'm going to rotate every oil change, balance every other oil change, and frequently check tire pressure as recommended by mechanic. We'll see if these things make any difference but still doesn't explain why car won't align properly on left rear.
#126 of 213 Re: Tire Wear Issue [sparkster1]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 05, 2010 (8:00 am)
Might not have been one big impact, but a series of repeated small impacts that did the bending. Any time I show a bit of unusual tire wear faster than I expect it (no such thing as a "perfect" alignment) I go to 5,000 mile rotations instead of 6,000 miles. Then I start keeping a really close eye on the wear and looking for mechanical issues
#127 of 213 Tires for my 2009 Honda Fit Sport
Nov 23, 2010 (4:40 am)
Hi - can someone please help me? I see lots of discussions around tire sizes etc. and maybe there isn't a good answer. The 2009 comes with 185/55/16 Dunlop Sport 7000 tires which after 28,000 miles are down to the wear bars. I desperately need new tires and want to get all season with decent mileage rating. Problem is I'm very limited in choices if I stay with the 185/55/16. I see where people have gone to 205/50/16 but I need to know
1) how is snow handling( I live in upstate NY),
2) snow builds up in the wheel wells now with the 185s - there isn't much clearance so will the 205 size make this worse
3) Do I really need to worry about the speedometer and fuel mileage getting off that much?
4) what tires have 2009 Fit sport owners used and are happy with.
My local dealer has said I can go to the 205 size but other than that they haven't been much help. Tires they suggested were Nokian eNTYRRE and Toyo Extenza - when I asked them about mileage they said there were worse than what I haev. So, that wasn't much help.
A local tire store suggested the following in the 205/50/16 range
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
Dunlop Fierce Instinct
I'm almost ready to call Honda to see if I can get anyone there to help me. Heavy rain today and I had to drive real slow due to hydroplaning. : (
#128 of 213 Re: Tires for my 2009 Honda Fit Sport [keg5]
Nov 23, 2010 (11:26 am)
Living in upstate NY sounds like you would need snow tires--you can get Bridgestone Blizzaks in the original 185/55/16 size. they are rated very well. Not sure what would be best for all season replacements though,
#129 of 213 Will a 205/50/16 tire work on 2009 Honda Fit?
Dec 02, 2010 (11:44 am)
Like everyone else I am having a delimma on replacing my tires. I have checked on a Michelin that is 205/50/16 that is a high mileage and performance tire. Will it be too wide for turning radius or does anyone have any advice on this matter.
#130 of 213 wheel alignment
Dec 14, 2010 (4:00 pm)
I have not gotten good service from a couple of different places recently, so I try to pose this question(s) here.
I recently replaced the original tires on my 2008 base Fit due to wear after just 40,000 miles and a little less than three years, which was disappointing. The inside edges of all four tires were essentially bald already, so when replacing the tires I had a four-wheel alignment done.
For the only wheel that was out of spec after the alignment, the toe of the right rear, I was told that the manufacturer does not specifiy rear camber and toe adjustments, that no adjustments could be made on that wheel, and that the misalignment was likely due to another mechanical problem. True or not true regarding each of these comments?
Ironically, the tire at that position has a cracked wheel cover and, while not large, a visible dent in the tire rim right where the crack is, so I obviously hit something with that tire along the way. I had the tire/rim checked before the new tires were purchased, was told the tire (the old tire) spun fine and not to worry about it because the dent was rather minor, and I have not noticed any unusual sounds or feelings even at highway speeds since the at least one year since I first noticed that damage.
Still, the odds of my one slightly damaged rim being put back on the one wheel where the alignment specs remained off in the end strike me as possibly being more than coincidence. Can a bent/dented tire rim cause wheel alignment readings to be out of spec (in this particular case the toe of a rear wheel)? Thank you in advance for any comments. I appreciate it.
#131 of 213 Re: wheel alignment [kos3]
Dec 15, 2010 (4:52 am)
"..........The inside edges of all four tires were essentially bald already, so when replacing the tires I had a four-wheel alignment done.
For the only wheel that was out of spec after the alignment, the toe of the right rear, I was told that the manufacturer does not specifiy rear camber and toe adjustments, that no adjustments could be made on that wheel, and that the misalignment was likely due to another mechanical problem. True or not true regarding each of these comments? ....."
Not true. There is an alignment problem and the wear on the tires proves it.
Just because the factory doesn't provide adjustment doesn't mean you should or can't make an adjustment. It might require an eccentric bolt or an additional plate, but every alignment setting can be adjusted.
Further, the alignment specs themselves may be at fault. many vehicle have large amounts of built in camber - and that will cause the inside edges to wear faster - which is likely what is going on here.
This is done to improve the handling, but uneven tire wear is likely to occur.