"RWM" wrote: "That is understood, but if all tires are the same size -- any
size within reason -- rotations will be the same."
Yes and no. Yes all four tires are the same then revolutions are the same
per tire. The ABS is programmed by the manufacture for a specific size tire
(OEM). That tire has a known rotation thus the wheel sensor turns some many
rotations with the tire. Different size tires have different size rotations
due to the circumference of the tire. If you go to a larger tire size even
on all four wheels the tires will make a longer revolution thus throwing off
the speed. The wheel sensor being programmed for a certain size tire looks
at the revolutions to determine the speed it needs to kick in or kick out
If your speed is off due to larger or smaller tires, even if all four wheels
or the same, the ABS system computer will function as if the OEM tire is on
the vehicle. If it will not function properly due to more or less
revolutions then programmed for. In reality the system still works just not
as it is programmed to due. I not sure if the ABS computer can be
reprogrammed. I would believe it could since it is part of the cars
computer and tire sizes can be changed to correct the speed odometer.
If you are going to change tire sizes look at what is called OEM plus zero
or plus one sizing. Tire dealerships can explain what tire sizes are
available for your vehicle.
I once had a small pickup that was manufactured by one company but sold
under to company names. The only difference was the grill, name of
manufacture on the tailgate and OEM tire sizes. The sticker in the door
even stated made by XXX manufacture for XXX of the US. The owners manual
and the sticker in the door listed all the tire sizes that could be used for
both manufactures. I started having problems with my ABS system when I
switch to the largest size tire that was listed in the owners manual. The
system still worked but the truck was harder to stop since the ABS system
was not functioning as it should. My speed odometer was off by 11 miles per
The next time I changed tires, I purchased a larger rim and reduce the
diameter of the tire and it braked a lot easier but still not the same as
the OEM size tires. My speed odometer was now off by 7 miles per hour.