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Chevrolet Uplander, Tires, Van
#12 of 35 Re: Chevrolet Uplander: Winter Tires [barrieon]
Jul 31, 2008 (1:37 pm)
I put 245x65x17 Arizonian Silver Edition Plus tires from Discount Tire and had them siped and couldn't be happier. Even tracked extremely well over solid ice and I even get a small boost in MPG with the larger size tire. Although now I see that they don't seem to offer the 245x65x17 anymore but just the 235x65x17. I would go with that size if you can't find the 245. The 245 is 2" larger in diameter and has a wider footprint and have had them on for about 6 months and they still look like new. I am hoping I get a full 80,000 miles on these, although I will probably end up trading the car in before then but hope to keep these tires and put them on whatever I purchase next, or will have to buy these again for my next car.
#14 of 35 Wheel Sizes On Uplanders
Dec 03, 2008 (12:23 pm)
I have heard that wheel sizes have increased over the years on Uplanders.
My 08 has 17" wheels/tires and six wheel bolt/nuts rather than five and I know the 07s ones are the same .
Were the earlier ones the same and if not could you please tell me what years they were changed and what the previous size tires and number of bolt/nuts were.
#15 of 35 Uplander tires, snow or wet
Oct 07, 2009 (10:41 am)
I've been very frustrated with my Uplander since the get-go. We had a terrible time finding "the right size tires" last year, and I wasn't happy with what we ended up with. I don't have that heavy of a foot, but it seems that I spin out all too easily on the slightest bit of wet. I hope we can figure out something this year, with information from this forum and others, because one of these days all that slipping and sliding will get us killed.
We did finally find a used Astro AWD which is far superior in terms of space, power and close on mpg, but it isn't quite road-worthy yet. I wish GM would make a utilitarian kids-and-gear hauler, affordable and in diesel.
#16 of 35 good luck
Nov 14, 2009 (4:26 pm)
I tried to get some info on using different sizes but the only choice is to use a 215/65/17 tire with a 6 bolt 17 inch rim. I emailed tire rack and they wouldnt even answer the emails. What a stupid size for a mini van. If it was at least a 5 bolt rim you might have had a selection.
#17 of 35 Re: Chevrolet Uplander: Winter Tires [barrieon]
Nov 19, 2009 (4:15 pm)
In my ICE/SNOW winter area, I visited 3 different tire sellers and each provided their estimates. For them, 17" - 6 bolt rims and rubber is easily available. For us, we went with "winter rubber" on different NEW steel rims - for my wife's 09 Montana van. Each tire seller provided their cost estimate within 24 hours.
A - My local GM dealer. A little more expensive (say $20.00 / tire "more") but being done by a GM dealer, its entire vehicle warranty was retained.
B - My local Canadian Tire store. Their prices for steel rims was slightly less expensive their GM dealer steel rims but I didn't like their recommended "lower rated" rubber. And, they didn't mention that special TPS valves stems would be needed.
C - My local Auto mechanic. His prices was the best and he recommended higher quality rubber (when compared to GM dealer). And, he even provided a good "work around" - to eliminate the need to buy special TPS wireless valve stems. But, his work could void future GM warranty. re: Using non-GM / Delco items on the GM vehicle is a lawyers dream. re: stuck in courts for years.
In the end, my wife & I decided to pick the "steel rims + rubber + TPS wireless valves stems" at our local GM dealer. And this spring, my local auto machanic will be hired to remove current winter rims/rubber and replace with original GM spring to fall months rims/rubber. And next late fall, my local auto mechanic can do the swap from GM summer to GM winter rims/rubber again. His rim re-mounting costs (even for TPS wireless valve stem hubs) are much less expensive then my local GM dealer.
Long post short... Do visit your local GM dealer and decide if their GM / Delco recommendations is "cost comparable" to your non-GM auto shops as well. For us, going to our local GM dealer "for initital purchase" is worth it. Especially since our vehcle's factory warranty will be retained (since our vehicle has GM winter parts) as well.
Hope this helps...
#18 of 35 message #17
Nov 22, 2009 (3:30 pm)
have you got any prices and sizes/brands for the 3 quotes you got? thanks
#19 of 35 Re: message #17 [crisb]
Dec 05, 2009 (9:54 pm)
Yes. I got price quotes from my local shop and from my local GM dealer. Do remember that "price quotes" do vary from region to region. Thus, do call a few auto shops in your specific. It only takes a 5 minute phone call - to chat with each auto shop....
Unknown to me (and not told during my initial "price quote" gathering tasks), I also discovered my local GM dealer also stores my old summer rubber/rims during the winter for "free". They let some air out of each tire, wrap each tire with UV protection plastic wrap, label it good and store all 4 tires in large steel bins. In the spring (around April 10), I simply re-visit my local GM dealer, they remove my current "in use" winter rubber/rims from my mini-van, and they re-mount my currently being stored summer rubber/rims back on. And, their tire "seaonal exchange" tasks only costs $5 (for all 4 tires) "more" then my local auto shop. And best of all, I don't have to store my opposite season tires/rims at my house (that has limited storage space). Talk about a great "turn key" service from my local GM dealer as well...
When chatting with your local auto shops &/or your local GM dealer, do ask if they provide opposite season tire storage services as well. For me, my local GM's "free service" is worth it... And being GM, their storage keeps my vehicle's & its tires warranty conditions non-arguementive as well.
Hope this helps as well...
#21 of 35 Tire Pressure Reading
Apr 11, 2009 (5:13 pm)
After tire rotation, What's the best way to calibrate, So you can view the readings on the dash?