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#1 of 173 2007 honda pilot spare tire
Dec 22, 2006 (6:11 am)
The spare tire on the 2007 pilot is a different width than the other tires. Does anyone know if a full size tire will fit in spare tire storage location under the car?
#2 of 173 Re: 2007 honda pilot spare tire [2007pilotexl]
Dec 22, 2006 (7:06 pm)
I was told it should fit, but not sure how much will hang down. I was going to jack the car on pass. rear and take the spare out, try and place the full rear tire up there. If it fits, I have a tire with factory rim lined up at a local salvage yard (same one I got the rear splash guards from) and will be able to get a 5th tire very cheap. I'm just waiting for a nicer day to do it.
#3 of 173 Re: 2007 honda pilot spare tire [odie6l]
Dec 24, 2006 (11:00 am)
I installed 06 Acura 17" wheels and tires on BOTH my 03 and 06 Pilots. I thought I would use the 03 rims and tires as spares. As noted above, they do not fit up in the cavity for the spare. The way the full size hangs down in just not acceptable. I doubt many people would like the way it looks hanging down. It is odd that the spare would be a smaller diameter since I have always heard(and read in the owner's manual) that the diameter of ALL wheels must be the same on AWD or damage to the drivetrain MIGHT occur. With the 18 clutch packs on the back that makes some sense. So, I don't understand why the spare would be a different diameter.
#4 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [mrdeeno3]
Dec 28, 2006 (10:17 am)
I had a vehicle with a bulging tire. I asked the dealer to replace the tire and after that was not going to happen, I replaced it as fast as I could by going to a local tire dealer the same day. My family was much more important than waiting for a dealer to do something.
As to options, as I am not a lawyer.
You might have a small claims court filing available.
Maybe writing Honda HQ a leter of complaint.
Does your state have a "lemon law"?
Good luck to you and I hope things work out for you.
#5 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [jensad]
Dec 28, 2006 (10:40 am)
Read your new vehicle and tire warranty. It will explain who is responsible for a defective tire. Sometimes it is the tire manufacturer.
#6 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [justaveragejoe]
Dec 29, 2006 (3:56 pm)
thanks for your responses.
the honda salesman called me up and ask me to bring the car to the dealership tomorrow to get the tire re-evaluated. i haven't responded to their customer survey yet, so i hope they'll fix it, otherwise they'll get bad feedback. if they cannot replace the tire, i'll drop by Goodyear. as per Goodyear warranty, if the tire is worn beyond 2/32" of tread depth, it is not replaceable or covered.
btw, i'm aware of mechanical issues in lemon law, but never tires... i maybe wrong or haven't read enough about NJ lemon state laws.
i'll keep you posted whatever happens tomorrow.
#7 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [mrdeeno3]
Dec 30, 2006 (4:42 am)
...the honda salesman called me up and ask me to bring the car to the dealership tomorrow to get the tire re-evaluated...
That is encouraging! Please keep us posted.
#8 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [kipk]
Jan 02, 2007 (6:32 am)
went to the dealer, they got it inspected. unfortunately, it came up to the same result. the "bubble" was cosmetic and that they don't cover tire warranty. i went to the nearest goodyear center (zip code 08722) to get it re-evaluated. they told me the "bubble" is nothing to worry about. it's normal for radial tires and they call it something as "undelining". they also confirmed that my wheels are not wobbly. i will call honda today and seek for additional support - maybe they can tell my local dealr to swap it with the ones in the lot. i already tried to negotiate this with the dealr, but they just don't do anything like that -- "bs!". at this point, i am not happy as a customer. although it is cosmetic, i felt i'm not worth to have that issue after paying for $34950 (out-the-door).
#9 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [mrdeeno3]
Jan 02, 2007 (8:31 am)
i went to the nearest goodyear center (zip code 08722) to get it re-evaluated. they told me the "bubble" is nothing to worry about. it's normal for radial tires and they call it something as "undelining".
That really "SUCKS"! Since it is nothing to worry about, it seems the Honda dealer would be more than happy to swap tires with you from one on the lot. If tires were normal to have bubbles, more would have them.
My next step would be to sit down with the "OWNER" of the dealership and first ask him if he would want that tire on his wife or kids car. Second, tell him that if your problem is not fixed, your service work and future car purchases will be at another dealer. Third, you will tell as many people as possible about the problem and how you are being treated at his dealership. Forth, you will get some magnetic "LEMON" sign for your doors. His dealership name is already on the car. Probably a tag on the front and a decal on the back. Remind him that customers are easier to loose than to gain.
His cost on that tire is minimal compared to the profit he has already made and hopes to make in the future on service work and sales. If none of this affects him, he may not be in business much longer anyway. Find a new dealer and purchase some more tires. Michelin or Yokahamas come to mind.
#10 of 173 Re: B'NEW Pilot with problems? [mrdeeno3]
Jan 03, 2007 (4:17 am)
they told me the "bubble" is nothing to worry about. it's normal for radial tires and they call it something as "undelining".
Then it is not a "bubble" at all. A bubble is something that actually looks like your Great Aunt's goiter on her neck, not a slight inward wave or crease on the sidewall. What you have is a completely normal tire. There is an even money chance that any new tire you had mounted would be the same. I purchased a set of Michelin's for my other car and one of the tires had this, set of BFGs for my pick up same thing. It is normal. It is not a safety issue. Your wife and kids will be fine. And yes, I would have no issue at all with my wife driving on tires with this blemish.