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#294 of 354 2009 FWD Limited 20K Miles-Needs 2 new tires
Sep 07, 2011 (4:13 pm)
2009 Sienna Limited FWD 20K miles. The van has Bridgestone Turanza EL42 225/60R17.
The front tire tread is down to 2/32 and the back tire tread is 6/32.
Toyota Dealerships have rotated the tires twice at 12K and 16K.
We think there was actually a 3rd rotation done at 8K, but its not documented.
Dealership is willing to give us a $160 credit toward 2 new tires of our choice.
Since I am keeping the 2 rear tires, any suggestions as to what brand / model
of tire to replace the 2 front tires ? Any benefit with buying another pair of Bridgestone's
of a different model/type in terms of ride and handling ?
Has anyone else had issues with Bridgestone Turanza ?
#295 of 354 Re: 2009 FWD Limited 20K Miles-Needs 2 new tires [bhoward99]
Sep 08, 2011 (3:23 am)
From the data you presented, I don't think the tires were rotated - or at least not rotated as indicated The numbers are exactly what I would expect with no rotation.
More importantly, I think the wear rate is pretty good when you take the whole picture into account. If the tires had been properly rotated, they would have gone over 30K.
#296 of 354 2005 Sienna spare tire?
Sep 21, 2011 (6:54 am)
Just bought 2005 Sienna AWD LE, with non-run-flat tires. There is no spare tire, nor room to store a spare. What is the best solution for this problem? Can I use a mini-spare with AWD, just to get to a repair station? Is there a retro-fit kit to store a spare inside or under the vehicle? Since we use the can mostly for long distance trips, we need to have a way to fix a flat tire.... Any suggestions from your experiences would be most welcome!
#297 of 354 Re: 2009 FWD Limited 20K Miles-Needs 2 new tires [bhoward99]
Sep 21, 2011 (7:16 am)
If you are close to a Sam's Club, I would get a membership and purchase a set of Michelin X Radials. They are rated for 80,000 miles and Sam's will rotate them for free every 6,000 miles. I put them on my 2000 Sienna and got 75,000 out of them. I currently own a 2006 Sienna Limited and replaced the original Bridgstones with Michelin X Radials.
#298 of 354 Re: 2009 FWD Limited 20K Miles-Needs 2 new tires [capriracer]
Sep 21, 2011 (7:41 am)
Being very particular, I always mark the tires before I take them in to be rotated, and check them afterwards. The tires were indeed rotated both times or the service guy saw my markings, and remarked the tires.
In summary, we bought (2) new Hankook Optimo tires from the dealership where we bought the car. The dealership put them on, balanced, and re-aligned. Between the coupons and the manager discount for the tires wearing so quickly, we paid about $130.
After driving the car for about 2 weeks now with the new tires, no issues, and a quiet ride. BTW We still have the Bridgestones still on the rear.
#299 of 354 Re: 2005 Sienna spare tire? [mamabaer]
Sep 21, 2011 (7:53 am)
I also have a 2009 AWD Sienna. I changed to non run flat tires many miles ago and also do a lot of long distance trips. I do not carry a spare but rather have a can of flat tire fix, a plug kit, an 12v air pump and AAA. With the run flat tires i must have had at least 5 flat tires and I have not had one with the current set of tires. On the one long trip where I had a RFT tire go down on me I only got about 40 miles until the fire was throwing rubber up onto the windshield. Had to be towed to a tire shop that had been in business for 35 years. He finally gave up when the only thing on the rim were the two beads. Spent the night at a motel and was towed the next day to another town where there was a Toyota dealer but the Toyota dealer did not provide tire service as they contracted that out to a tire shop in town. In a half hour I was on my way. So even with RFT tires you still do not have a reliable spare and can not always get tire service done. I think RFT tires attract nails and screws as in my 50 years of driving I have never had so many flat tires as with the RFT!
#300 of 354 Re: 2005 Sienna spare tire? [mamabaer]
Sep 22, 2011 (5:01 pm)
You are correct in that there is no room in the middle right undercarriage spot for the spare (that comes with FWD vans), as the driveshaft for AWD passes thru that zone. However, if you look at the left rear seat well, you will notice a slight bumpout front and back that gives just enough space for a tire to fit. This is also where you would put the punctured full sized tire to get it home, as even on the FWD vans there isn't sufficient depth for the real tire to go underneath in place of the spacesaver spare.
At one time, Toyota offered a kit that contained a spacesaver spare, lockdown hardware, and a cover that went into that well. The downside is that you will no longer be able to stow the left seat as the well is now full.
They haven't offered the kit in years as there apparently was no demand. If you are interested, I can dig up the part numbers for purchase individually at the parts counter, or you can check wrecking yards and e-bay. At minimum you need the 155/80-R17 tire & matching wheel, plus some hardware to hold it down. The expense matching cover is something you can fabricate from some plywood & foam.
Spare tires are disappearing in many car lines, replaced by a pump kit that contains Slime or similar waterbased product. Personally, I'm not crazy about that solution as there are reports of damaged tire pressure sensors as a result. But I suppose that the possibility of having to replace a $100 sensor is way better than being stranded without a spare.
#301 of 354 Re: Can you increase tire with from 225 to 235? [matterw]
Oct 16, 2011 (7:12 pm)
I am thinking of purchasing the EL400 RFT. They look,great on paper. How are they compare to the Dunlops? Any quieter? What's about ride and wear.
Oct 18, 2011 (10:33 am)
I purchased a used 05 Sienna XLE FWD not AWD. I have a good spare under and have had to use it once. I have 55K miles and need to replace the tires. Any suggestions? Want good handling, quiet, and (of course) good milage. I have had a lot of problems keeping it aligned and the people at the tire store tell me that the Sienna is notorious for having alignment problems. Is this true or are they just trying to sell me their expensive alignment package? I have had it aligned every 8K and it seems to always end up pulling to the right after about 3K. Is this unusual or do I need to take it somewhere else? Any comments will be appreciated.
Nov 23, 2011 (8:03 am)
looks like everyone has the same problem with the toyota sienna tires i have replace mine about 5 times since i bought in 2005 now has anyone considered a law suit against toyota i would like to join on that looks like a big defect on toyota my other car a 2000 toyota 4 runner has been replaced 2 times only