I currently have 4 seasons on my venture: size 215-70R15 and a
neighbord has 4 winter tires size 205-70-R15. He would be willing
to give them to me.
I checked the "tire size calculator" and it tells me the
speedometer will be off by 2.1% (i.e. too fast). I understand the
impact on the speedometer, but is using these tire a "bad" thing,
ie. handling, mechanical components, etc...?
There are under sized based on GVWR but not drastically, for general winter
use, not driving to Fla. should be ok, one size smaller again this is not
recommended by any one. A normal sno tire for this would be 205/75/15 as an
It's close enough not to matter much if you need to save money. Braking
and handling will be slightly worse I believe. The decision partly
depends on what type of driving you do and under what conditions. How
much mileage is four seasons? You don't give an inkling about that.
Also, what is the wear factor on both sets of tires? It costs about
$12-15 per tire to have them mounted and balanced where I reside. Or
maybe the neighbor is giving you the wheels with the tires. I wonder if
the tire brand is Michelin or Tiger Paw? How old are the neighbor's
tires? Tires have a lifespan you know. If you take the free tires now,
what's the neighbor going to be looking for down the line?
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