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Toyota Sienna Tires & Wheels

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  • I have run flats on my 2005 Sienna. Getting ready to put my 3rd set of tires on at 60,000 miles. After reading all the negative comments, I'm ready to dump the AWDs in favor of conventional tires, but not sure about some details: Can I still use conv. on an AWD model? Do I need to buy new wheels? Will the conv. tires cause problems with the tire pressure sensor system? How does altering the tire system affect resale (if I decide to sell/trade-in, is the lack of a spare going to destroy the value?)
    Thanks much!
  • mnrep2mnrep2 Posts: 200
    Hi artist, I have a 2006 AWD and made the switch as soon as the runflats wore out. I purchased the mini donut spare from the dealer and my car already had a jack in it. You don't have to change the wheels on this car, and the pressure system works fine since you are keeping the wheels.

    The car drives twice as nice with the Yokohomas and they grip in the snow twice as well. You will not be sorry that you made the switch, only upset that you waited this long to do it!
  • Does anyone know if there is a 17" rim with a donut spare? I think my best bet is to get one from a junk yard, but I am not sure if there is a model that would fit the Sienna. I am not going to buy my 4th set in 5 years!!
  • How much was the spare and what car was it from?
  • I have a 06 XLE AWD with 60000 miles on it. We put 10,000 on it since purchase. The van came with nearly new Dunlop DSST's on it and we have just had our first tire failure. The dealer said it looked like a material defect and we should take it up with Dunlop for restitution. We knew these tires would be an issue when we bought the van and we budgeted to replace all four RFT's with conventionals as soon as we had reason. We made the dealer throw in the spare tire kit as part of the deal at purchase. My concern is two fold. First, we did not get a Tire Pressure Warning Light when the tire failed. We have the older detection system on the van which counts tire revolutions vice actual air pressure. The dealers mechanic swears the system is working as designed but can't explain why we did not get a warning light when the tire went to zero pressure. He says he has seen this before on other Siennas. Secondly, is anybody running conventional Michelin LX4 tires on their Sienna and how is it working for you? Our dealer is offering us these tires at $5.00 over cost plus installation and alignment costs if we choose to go conventional. The dealer says this tire meets all of Toyotas specifications and is strongly recommended by Toyota itself. We priced these tires out on the internet and locally and nobody is even close to our dealers pricing. We are giving this deal a lot of consideration, but wanted a some more feedback on these tires before we give the go ahead. I am also going to press them on the installation and alignment costs. Any input will be appreciated. thanks.
  • mnrep2mnrep2 Posts: 200
    unhgoalie: I got the donut spare directly from my dealer. Cost was around $400.00 including the tire.
  • I made the trip to Florida and put 5400 miles on the Sienna with 3 runflats and one regular tire. No problems and the tire light never came on.

    Also took the dealers emblem off the back of the car and sent it back to them with a nastygram about their lousy service.

    Never needed the tire plug kit that I keep in the car and never had to call AAA. Guess I'll keep it till the whells fall off but the next one won't be a Toyota.
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    Looking for input on a replacement tire for the Dunlops that are currently on our 08 Sienna. The van has 38,000 miles. They look ok by the penny test and drive ok, but just looking ahead. I like bridgestone Turanzas, but have heard alot about Toyo and hydroedge(cannot remember the manufacturer). Any input would be appreciated.
  • ckirkckirk Posts: 17
    How's the conversion going? Any pictures?
  • My conversion was absolutely terrific. Although the gas tank had to be removed, the bench seat that converts into a bed went in very easily -- it is vertical behind the driver's seat and faces sideways. I removed the rear, left jump seat and put a spare, tire chains, tag along winch, etc. in it, and kept the right rear seat stowed in the floor. Yokohama geolander AT/S work much, much, much better than the run flats and alow me to plow through mud and snow in the central Pennsylvania mountains, while being quieter and giving me excellent road handling on the highway, plus 24 mpg on the highway with 40lbs pressure (max is 51; it's an AWD van with 6.9" of clearance). Screens for the sliding doors, a variety of hooks, bungy cords, indoor/outdoor carpeting, and a class III hidden hitch for bicycle rack or 500 lbs capacity luggage tray completed the job. I can now put my front passenger seat down and slide my Tophy 126 (10'6") fishing kayak (which I highly recommend) inside. It's an extremely functional vehicle. Alas, no pictures.
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,367
    Wow. What if we plead for a few pictures? I've been thinking of a similar conversion and would like to see other ideas that are out there. The Geo ATS is a great tire...
  • 8 sets of tires in 85,000 miles. Always running bald on the inside from driving with only 5 PSI. Guess what the TPMS (tire pressure monitor system) light would never come on. I have spent more money Quarters and tires. Now I run around with regular tires( not run flat) a AAA card plus a can of fix a flat. The marriage between Toyota and Dunlop is not a very good one, now the public has to pay. Toyota has only greed, not safety in mind. And to think that they use to be a great company. Well just look at all the recalls for Japanese and Chinese company products. IT'S A CONSPIRACY I SAY. Sorry so many people are effected. And what do they say- Buyer be aware.
  • Is Dunlop a Japanese or Chinese company? It is really unbelievable that such a garbage is still on market. I hope Toyota will someday recall their Siennas for their tires, not only brakes and gas pads. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think Goodyear owns 75%.
  • trsv48trsv48 Posts: 4
    I just purchased a 2000 Sienna with the tow package. My questions are:
    * Does the Sienna normally come with a full sized spare tire or a bicycle tire?
    * The manual says to access the tire lowering mechanism from the back of the van. The carpet appears to be very securely fastened. Does it in fact get pulled up to access the tire lowering mechanism?
    * My Low Tire Pressure indicator light is keeps coming on yet the mounted tires are fine. Would a low spare cause this problem?

    Thank you for any insights you can give
  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    If you look under the van at the rear you should see a full-sized spare. Also, in the carpet, near the back edge, there should be a small "U" shaped flap. Lift that up and you will see a nut the same size as the wheel lug nuts. Simply use the car's lug wrench to drop the spare down. Bring the spare up the same way.
  • moevtmoevt Posts: 4
    Regarding your low tire pressure light, is it possible your sensors are not installed? Or, are your sensors not programmed?

    My light is on also (2010 Sienna AWD) but that is because I am using winter rims & snow tires and even though I bought additional sensors, I didn't realize they had to be programmed at the dealership every time I switched tires (2x per year in Vermont at the cost of $75 each time). Due to the cost, I am just "living with" the light being on all winter.

    If you just purchased the car, was the light on when you bought the car?
  • trsv48trsv48 Posts: 4
    That little U is what i was looking for. Thanks!
  • tfeltontfelton Posts: 80
    I don't believe that the 2000 Sienna (which I think is similar to my 1998) uses sensors like the newer Siennas do. My 2008 Avalon has the new system and the spare tire is included. With the new ones the valve stem is the sensor and transmits to a computer. With the older cars you don't have to program the wheels. I've heard that the car senses the RPM of the wheels; a flatter wheel has a smaller diameter. This means that your spare tire's pressure would not be detected by the car. Make sure when you adjust your air pressure you set the sensor by pushing the reset button and letting the tire indicator light blink 3 times.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The TPMS with the sensors in the wheels was added for model year 2007 Siennas.

    For a couple of years before that I think they used the ABS-style TPMS, i.e. they measured wheel speeds to see if there was a variance in pressure.

    In 2007 each wheel got an actual sensor.

    That should mean no issues with wheel swaps 2006 and prior.
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