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Honda Fit, Tires, Wheels
Feb 02, 2009 (12:55 pm)
I am so frustrated with the tires on my 2009 Honda Fit. As we speak, I am on the phone with Honda, waiting to ask if there is a known problem with the Dunlop tires. I hit a pothole and got a bubble on the right front tire; on the way to the dealership to get a new one (one had to be ordered from Nevada and sent to NJ where I am, as they say that Dunlop didn't make enough and they are scarce) I got another on the left front tire which resulted in me having to buy two new tires. I don't drive crazy or speedy and I drive the way most people do. I bought the new tires on Saturday 1/31, and on my way home from a town about 30 mins away from my house the tire pressure light comes on. When I get home I can hear the air from my tire hissing away. I had the donut put on and am doomed to order yet another tire from my dealer. Has anyone else had these dangerous problems with the Dunlops?
#85 of 207 Re: tire pressure for FIT [bodble2]
Feb 03, 2009 (3:32 pm)
You are correct that the 44 psi is the maximum recommended inflation by the tire manufacturer. The exploding point, however, should be at least twice that--not that I would want to test it. (I know this from bike tires where just sunshine on a hot day can vastly increase the pressure in the small tires. They are rated at twice the listed maximum before failure.) Still, the 32 psi is recommended as the best balance for performance. Higher may center the tire wear and slightly lower rolling resistance but could compromize breaking. Lower might be a little more comfy but increases heat buildup and tire wear.
#86 of 207 Re: tire bubbles [odelay770]
Feb 03, 2009 (3:37 pm)
With most tires such a problem would be covered under the tire warranty. If it isn't I'm distressed.! My girlfriend backed into a rock causing a cut in a tire barely four months old. It was her fault but is still being covered by warranty.
Are these Dunlops supplied by Honda not warrantied? That is a major fault since there aren't a lot of althernative choices out there in the new strange size.
#87 of 207 Re: tire bubbles [odelay770]
Jun 20, 2009 (7:32 pm)
We have had the exact same experience, except that our 2009 Fit's tires were manufactured by Bridgestone. We have had two tires replaced in the past few weeks with bubbles. The tire store swore up and down the bubbles were caused by me hitting "pot holes", not a defect in the tires. I have owned my new Fit for a little over a month and, at this rate, I'm going to be buying a new tire every few weeks.
I do not buy the story I have been given about "pot holes" causing the damage. I have been driving since 1973 and I have never, ever had this sort of problem before.
#88 of 207 Fit Sport Rims BEWARE!!!!!
Sep 18, 2009 (8:06 pm)
I am new to the forums and a avid honda guy, i own 2 hondas a '02 Civc SI and a '09 Fit Sport. Well brought the Fit Sport home about 2 months ago and whilst sitting in front of my house overnight, all 4 RIMS and TIRES were taken. The car was left on MILK CRATES!!!!!
So over $4K in damages the car is back and good as new. I now have 4 WHEEL LOCKS on each tire so it will slow them down just a bit should it happen again.
Just wanted to alert everyone to this problem with the Fit Sport rims. The dealer also said they have seen it with the new Accords as well.
Take care and stay safe.
#89 of 207 All weather tires?
Sep 27, 2009 (7:06 am)
I have a 2009 Fit Sport with Bridgestone Turanza EL470 tires.
Are these "All weather" tires or summer tires?
They handle well and are quiet so far. I don't have much milage on them yet.
#90 of 207 Tires on Honda Fit Sport
Oct 03, 2009 (11:55 am)
Interesting that so many of us have had tire problems on our Honda Fits. I, too, experienced a blow-out when I was slowly driving over a traffic bump before extering a Costco Gas Station. The car had only 11K miles on it and I was told that I had to replace both rear tires. As everyone has already realized, there aren't many places that carry the 185/55R 16 83 sized tires that come on the car. (I had the Dunlap)
I did not get any credit from Dunlap and now my daughter who also has a Fit Sport is considering replacing her Alloy wheels with Steel wheels and replacing the 16" with a 15" tire. I was trying to research information whether that is a smart idea or not. When I called the dealer's service technician, he did not recommend it because she was concerned with the road noise. He said the steel wheels and different-sized tires wouldn't make a difference. Any of you have a comment?
#91 of 207 My Experience With Dunlop Tires
Oct 17, 2009 (8:55 pm)
I can give you the benefit my experience with Dunlops on my '07 Sport. I ran them for 67K miles. Still had about equivalent of 15K miles on them. Had them rotated and balanced every 5K miles. Yes, they were noisy but I thought they handled well. 95% of my driving (30K miles/year) is top speed freeway in So. Cal.
I replaced them with Generals (recommended by Tire Rack). They are quieter, get the same MPG (33 MPG) and handle stops and hard cornering very well.
#92 of 207 Tire? Noise and vibration
Nov 01, 2009 (12:46 am)
I have a 2008 Fit Sport. I did replace my front tires and it helped some with noise and vibration, but now I am getting so much noise I can hear it over the radio. The vibration is so bad at 60 mph that I feel like I'm driving an old clunker. ( I know all about them as I've driven quite a few) Actually i dont think I have driven anything that has this much vibration or noise!! I have 43,000 miles on it, and I guess I'm going to have to get a new set of tires, but the tread seems to be good. I like my car, but if i'm going to be paying these big payments, i would at least like to enjoy the ride!! Any suggestions on a good riding tire. And what about getting away from the low profile tires that came on it. I think this is probably part of the noise and ride problem. Thanks for the advice. littlebulshu
Nov 01, 2009 (10:11 pm)
First of all you gave us some but not enough information on this problem. You mentioned replacing your tires at <43K miles. This in itself tells me you must have one or all the following issues: misalignment, out of balance, improper inflation, possible failure to rotate & balance every 5K miles or possible hard driving habits i.e. tailgating, hard stops, hard cornering. Does it pull to the left or right. In short your tires should have lasted 60K miles if they were the ones that came on the new vehicle and none of the issues mentioned above existed. If you bought this vehicle used, you need to check and find out if it ever had major frontal damage. Carfax is one resource for this. Possible frame damage.You mentioned vibration. This car should have no vibration. Get a referral for a competent shop specializing in alignments and front ends and have them help you.It may cost some but you'll continue to have problems until you find the answers to the issues I noted earlier. One of the characteristics of new tires is often they sound and handle differently than the set you just replaced. So expect that. Did you check the earlier buyers opinions out on TireRack.Com before buying yours? If not do so now, it will provide some insight on the characteristics of your new tires. The FIT is a noisy car at best because it is a compact and has very little sound deadening materials if any under the the carpeting. Also, it is not undercoated (at least my 07 Sport isn't) so you hear every sound. But my tires lasted 68K miles and the car does not vibrate at all. Hope this info helps you in assessing the problem. rr