Lowered my rear windows and
Lowered my rear windows and thought I had a helicopter flying overhead. Turns out to be tires that do not wear evenly. The dealer says it is tire pressure. The dealer recommends 32psi. From what I read in your comments 42psi on front and 40psi on rear. My tires need replacing. Have good tread on middle of tire but wear terribly on the inside. My current mileage is 25,800 miles. I am going to keep my rear windows up and get a little more mileage. My question is about tire pressure changing when traveling. As the tires heat up I am sure the air expands. And what happens when one travels in the colder climates. Does air pressure decline in the colder climates. A smaller tire then is prone to uneven pressure depending on the driving conditions. Will this cause tires to wear unvenly? Or is it the allignment on the Prius that gets out of wack easily? Rotate the tires and the out of wack front kills the tires. And what happens if you use a gas vs air pressure. Will that gas be affected by heat and cold like all gasses? Changing the tire type to a Michelin Hydro edge or a Michelin Harmony - Will that increase the tire life? I am going to drive another 5,000 miles and listen to what you have to say. Want a tire that is safe. Gives good road handling and decent mileage. Please keep sharing your thoughts.
I own a 2008 PRIUS and today
I own a 2008 PRIUS and today had my 40,000 mile checkup. I was told I needed new tires.
I went to COSTCO who was having a special $70 OFF any set of 4 Michelin/Goodyear tires.
I asked the Tire Rep. what the best tire for my PRIUS was? He informed me that Michelin as just come out in the last three months with a special tire made for the PRIUS. It is call the Michelin Energy Saver A/S. [185 / 65R15 86T] Model No. (MSPN): 31703. A set of 4 cost me $526.16 which includes the mounting & balancing plus the Road Hazard Warranty. Check out Michelin's SPECS on the tire at: http://www.michelinman.com/tires/pas...specifications.
MAX LOAD/tire = 1,168 lbs. at 44 psi. Recommended tire pressure for daily use is: 35 lbs./Front; 33 lbs./Rear. Treadware grade: 480.
These tires have only been on the market for 3 months now.
The Michelin website indicates that:
• "Up to 8% more fuel-eficient than standard tires to save you money."
• "Stops up to 8 feet shorter for added safety."
• "Reduces CO2 emissions as much as planting 40 trees."
One drawback is that Michelin does NOT do a mileage guarantee on this tire. I was told that it was due to the weight of the PRIUS and its use of the "B" Mode Electromotor deceleration process utilizing the rear tires to slow down the car.
Just curious if you got any
Just curious if you got any replies re:tires for winter. I have a new-to-me 2004 prius and am going into my first winter with it, tyring to find out what tires might get me through snow & some ice.
I have a continued problem
I have a continued problem with the tire pressure light going on. I've had it reset five times in as many months. Only twice was there a nail in the tires. other times there was either no problem or low inflation. It's a 2008 with about 28000 miles on the tires. The dealership keeps telling me there's no problem with the tire pressure sensor but I beg to differ. Any suggestions?
I just purchased new tires
I just purchased new tires for my somewhat new to me 2006 prius. I got 59,000 miles out of the original tires (previous owner said he never changed them). I purchased pirelli p5 recommended by the tire dealer and the tread pattern looks like it would be a great wet/dry tire, dont know about snow as this will be my first winter. I also got a oil change and checked the level and it was overfull. I have only driven 90 miles since oil change and tires but it seems my mileage is much lower, like 5-8 miles at least. I drained some of the oil out and will see what happens. I hope it isnt the tires because they said I should get 70,000 miles out of them and it will kill me to have much lower mileage for that long.