I usually just buy whatever the used tire store has, but I think he had
trouble finding the size I need last time, so I looked online.
This is for a 2005 Toyotal Solara SLE convertible. The current tire is
215/55R17, as recommended by the maker.
Questions come to mind:
1) I once had 2 directional tires, that had to spin in the right
direction. It was a nuisance. IIRC after I hit a curb and ruined the RF
tire, I had to change 3 tires to get those two to come out right. Can I
count on advertisements for directional tires to say that they are,
especially if I'm ordering online?
I don't see anything like that for any of the tires I've looked at, but
maybe none of them have been one-way only.
2) Then, I find at Firestone:
Tire installation includes
TPMS Reset (not a new kit or sensor)
Doesn't that just mean pushing the button on my dashboard?
Is that really worth itemizing? or are some customers so ignorant
that it seems like it's worth money?
3) Everything else being equal, are quiet tires really quiet, enough to
notice the difference?
An example if you want one:
Partly, I use the sound to know how fast I'm going. Will I have to
learn all over again?
4) The tire above is $172, at Firestone or SimpleTire (installation
extra at both places. SimpleTire recommends Firestone and gives the same
price Firestone charges even for tires they sell.)
But this tire, same make and model, almost the same size, is $87
's 215/50R-17 instead of 215/55R-17, so iiuc it's 50/55ths of the
diameter, 10/11ths, or 1/11th smaller, so it will have to rotate
11/10ths more times. So 25,000 miles will seem like 27,500 miles to the
bearings and the tire tread. But these are the rear wheels in a FWD
car, and I don't even drive much, so does it really matter? And it's
half the price.
BTW, relevant to question 1, in the simpletire link above, this tire
surely looks like a one-way tire, because the tread is not the same,
neither left to right vs. right to left, nor CW vs. CCW. I guess this
is what makes it a quiet tire, but maybe it makes it a directional tire
- posted 3 months ago