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Toyota Sienna, Tires, Wheels, Van
#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
#304 of 354 tire/wheel loading recall
Dec 06, 2011 (7:44 am)
I have a 2011 Sienna SE. My dealer tells me that the tire loading notice on the door frame is subject to a recall because the vehicle loading information is wrong. Overloading of the wheels and tires could result. A new decal is being mailed to me. Does anyone know if this related to the design of the wheels or the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 tires which are 235/50-19. Only a few companies make this size and I wondered if going with Michelin Primacy MXN4 tires would have better load capacity.
#305 of 354 Re: tire/wheel loading recall [kenabr]
Dec 06, 2011 (10:16 am)
Nope, just a sticker, that's all. Nothing wrong with the van.
#306 of 354 2011 Toyota Sienna SE
Apr 01, 2012 (5:45 pm)
My Sienna SE has 235/50-19 Dunlop SP Sport 7000 high performance-all season tires. I find the ride somewhat harsh especially on rough pavement. Has anyone upgraded to the Michelin Primacy MXV4 which is a grand touring all season ? Would they ride better or be a problem with the fact they aren't high performance.
#307 of 354 Re: RFT - Run Flat Tires [fdemetz]
Apr 12, 2012 (6:43 pm)
How are your tires holding up so far? Was Toyota able to tilt your tires back in? My 2005 AWD has exactly the same problem. The outside to middle of the tires has good tread left on the non-flat tires that I put on. While rotating them, the Toyota technician noticed the inside of the tires are bald. The serviceman at Toyota doesn't seem to be aware of this being a common problem. He seems to think his experienced alignment specialist can fix whatever is happening, though I'm a bit skeptical seeing all the posts here.
#308 of 354 Re: RFT - Run Flat Tires [rickrazz]
Apr 12, 2012 (7:00 pm)
After the replacement "free" set of run flats provided by Toyota due to class action suit also failed (tread separation and bubble on side wall) within 20,000 miles , I bought a set of standard Cooper tires, and a spare wheel and space saver tire from Toyota for the luggage area.
They are wearing well and the ride and handling is much smoother than the run flats. The non-Toyota tire shop (GoodYear) said there was no way to set the real wheel camber to avoid the reported inside rear tire wear. I didn't check this with the Toyota dealer yet, because with 50,000 total on my 2005 AWD Sienna I haven't had that problem yet.
All-in-all the Toyota has been the most trouble free car I've owned, and the only item (that was fortunately covered by my maintenance policy at purchase) that failed was the radar speed control sensor (which would have cost $1500), and a recalled seat belt latch. They build great minivans, they just screwed up big time with the run fats. The new Sienna's come with standard tires and a covered place for the space saver spare in the luggage area.