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#133 of 207 My tires blow-out on the freeway after ran over pot hole
Dec 21, 2010 (8:54 pm)
Okay, this morning my Honda Fit Sports 2009 passanger side both tires blow-out when I ran over a pot hole on a heavy rain. I was ready exit freeway. I called Honda Dealer. He said I need to get the new set tires.
However, I read Duhlop sp sport 7000 185/55R 16 am't as good as Bridgestone. However, Bridgestone are quite expensive $117 per tire.
some of people stated 205/50R 16 will fit just right. Perhaps if I get Falken FK 452 205/50R16 87W BSW (it is $87 per tire plus rebate $50 for 4 set) would that fit right with my Honda Fit? Please reply if you have any input out that particular tires. I am planned to buy all 4. Thanks!
#134 of 207 Bridgestone Turanza 470 tires
Dec 29, 2010 (3:43 pm)
2009 Honda Fit Sport- tricked to a degree.
I've got good miles out of my tires & could hit 50K on them. I have no issues with uneven wear on rear. I'm at 45K now & nearing the tread depth bar. Not many choices out there, so will go with the same $115/tire.
Has anyone used the 205/50/16 combo without it rubbing? What about using 5mm or 10mm spacers or is that too much stress for the axle?
BTW: 75MPH=32MPG, 70MPH=34MPG, 62MPH=43MPG, 50-55MPH=55MPG.
I hope you love your Fit as much as I love mine.
#135 of 207 Re: Will a 205/50/16 tire work on 2009 Honda Fit? [imfriartuck]
Feb 18, 2011 (7:23 pm)
A 205/60 Rr16 should be fine on the car. What type of Michelin is it though?? If it's a Pilot Sport it isn't going to do much in the snow. I worked in the tire business for 28 years. If you need help choosing a tire I would be more than happy to see what is available in this size and give you a recommendation.
#136 of 207 Re: Bridgestone Turanza 470 tires [cotton5]
Feb 18, 2011 (7:26 pm)
I would not use spacers!!! They are not safe and more than likely cause vibration problems on a Honda.
#137 of 207 Re: Tire Wear Issue [sparkster1]
Feb 18, 2011 (7:37 pm)
You say it was the L/R on your Fit?? I noticed the angle on the back wheels/tires when we bought our Fit. I have a bad back and couldn't get down and look under the car. I asked the salesman about it. I know vehicles wioth independent rear suspension will sit like that but correct when the car is driven. I was told this was the case with this car. It's not!! The car has a straight axle with no adjustment. We put 17 inch wheels and tires on the car. The rear tires are lasting about 8,000 miles. I have seen this problem on other forums. Talking to the dealership he agrees that the alignment readings should be almost identical on both rears. The R/R is -2.12 and the L/R is -1.29. This isn't acceptable. We put a new rear axle in the car (which I'm sure is the 1200.00 repair you mentioned) It was exactly the same after the new axle was replaced. This is an obvious manufacturer defect. I have been in contact with Honda USA. If they don't resolve the problem I may try to find a lawyer to open a class action suit.
#138 of 207 Can new tires (or bad installation) *reduce* mileage?
Feb 25, 2011 (7:06 am)
I have a 2008 Honda Fit Sport with about 27k miles, and recently replaced the tires. I bought Goodyear Eagle GT (195/55R15) from Merchant's Tire, and had them installed there.
Before the tire change, I used to get in the high 20's mpg around town; now I'm getting between 20-25 mpg. The tires have proper pressure (in fact, I usually fill them about 40 psi to reduce rolling resistance and increase mpg). Nothing else has changed on the car that would have affected mileage.
Is it possible these tires were installed wrong, and my mileage is thus being reduced? Any other ideas out there?
Thanks in advance for your help....
#139 of 207 Tires and Fuel Economy
Feb 26, 2011 (7:38 am)
First, worn tires give better fuel economy than new tires - all other things being equal. That means that merely rep[lacing your tires - even with the same make and model - is going to cause some loss in F/E.
But OE tires - tires that come on new cars - are designed to the car manufacturer's specs - and among those specs is one for rolling resistance. Typically, these specs call for a fairly low level of RR (sometimes extremely low!) and in order to achieve that, tire wear and/or traction (especially wet traction) is sacrificed! That's why there are so many complaints about the wear or traction on the tires that come OE.
But tires designed specifically for the replacement market do not have those sorts of requirements, and are not typically designed with RR in mind.
Further, if you chose to buy a tire with GREAT treadwear or GREAT traction, then that means the RR is further sacrificed.
In the final analysis, you took 3 hits in the fuel economy department, but you got a set of tires that will last longer.
And don't forget that winter weather also negatively affects fuel economy. Not only is the gas reformulated for the cold weather, but also the car takes more energy to heat up - AND - drivng through snow takes more energy. All those things cause more fuel consumption.
#140 of 207 Re: Tires and Fuel Economy [capriracer]
Feb 26, 2011 (7:32 pm)
Thanks, capriracer! All that makes sense ... I guess I'm just surprised that it translates to a difference of 5 mpg around town. Haven't done a highway trip on them yet ... I guess I'll see how much of an effect they'll have on that (I usually get 35-40 mpg on long trips at constant speed).
#141 of 207 Will not buy another Honda Fit
Mar 06, 2011 (12:15 pm)
I am a grandma and bought 2009 Honda Fit with idea of good milage and plenty cargo space plus being able to get in and out of small places.
I have a 7 year old granddaughter and we like to take trips.. HOWEVER, after my experiences with the Honda Fit tires, I don't even feel safe to start on a trip of any lenght. I drive safe, but found out with the slightest little pothole or bump against curb, you will immediately see the Low tire gague on and that means to get to some car place immediately. Not easy if you are out in middle of country or on some long stretch of highway between cities. I am having to order a tire now..while my car sits in garage. Cost of the tire being shipped to town I live in plus the shop putting tire on will cost 170.00 Who can afford that? This is my second TIRE that has gone bad and I don't even have 20K on my car yet. IF I had known (but who knew to research tires on a car??) abt the car problem..which I think Honda should make many amends for...I would have NEVER bought the Honda Fit. I've owned 2 Honda Accords and they were great.. Thought a sporty little Fit would be good, but my mistake. Also, the car is too light weight and I feel like I'm on a roller coaster ride much of the time and way the car windshield/over to side windows are not good for viewing traffic when you pull out on highway. I will soon be purchasing a new car and you can bet it won't be a Honda. My new tire coming in is a Bridgestone and I am hoping that at 170.00...it will be a much better tire than the Dunlops the Honda dealer keeps telling me I really NEED.
#142 of 207 tires cupping on 2007 Honda Fit
Mar 31, 2011 (8:48 pm)
i have a 2007 Honda Fit and i had my tires rotated...regularly...now have cupping on 2 Dunlops that came with car they are at 26,000 miles and it is beginning on 2 new tires with 9,000 miles...car is always maintained, tires are balanced, alignment is fine...never in my life have i ever had a problem with tires...except once Goodyear invictas...i have heard that other Honda Fit people are having tire problems...any ideas...car is fine no potholes...no shock problems or alignment problems..or problems with under inflation...