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Toyota Camry Hybrid Tire/Wheel Questions



  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    This is still a FWD car and I don't think the batteries would add that much weight to cause this problem. Are you rotating at 5000 mile intervals? If you have the bridgestones then significant weat at 20,000 for rotated tires is about where mine were going bare
  • ravigravig Posts: 1
    I have ~30k on my TCH and my tires are almost bald. I was told by the dealer service technician that because of the battery weight, the tires on TCH wear out faster.disappointing.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    Sorry, but I can't buy that explaination. They just don't weight that much.
  • Sorry, if this has been posted somewhere already but my quick search didn't get a hit. So, I'll appreciate if you could recommend any good tires to use .... I am definitely NOT going to buy a was a bad choice by Toyota....I'm disappointed like others on the list. At close to $175 a piece, they should take you well past 35K miles..I think...I must admit it's a layman's guess...actually probably more of a wish :)

    I'm suffering from TCH early-tire-baldness syndrome too. Followed tire-rotation at 5K advice....although I missed the alignment "warranty" limit (at under 10K) and had to pay for it at ~20K was OFF...Toyota mechanic said not by a whole lot but I'm not sure...these were the readings on the report:
    Front Left
    -0.13 degrees

    Front Right
    -0.15 degrees
    Total Toe: 0.03 degrees

    Rear Left
    0.30 degrees

    Rear Right
    0.28 degrees

    Total Toe: 0.58 degrees

    Anyway....what tires should I use for this car? .... I was thinking Dunlop or Michelin although on my little Acura I have used Yokohama with no complaints for the last two tire changes (~5 years)...I think that is a good tire for around a $100.00.

    Thanks for any recommendations.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    I have been riding on Michelin's that came with the car... they have worked out great. What I would do is go to and read the customer reviews based on the area you live. It's a really good site with great prices.

    My UPS guy said that he even delivers tires from them to auto stores. Beware, if you do order from them expect the tires within 48 hours... their service will blow your mind. Good luck.
  • Thanks plknj.

    I thought that these Camrys only came with these Bridgestones. I'll check out
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    My car was a May 5th 2006 delivery (an early one). It was out of aliggn from the factory and since I was maintaining it at the dealer on 5000 mile increments I didn't even look at the tread. At about 9000 miles I noticed the cupping and had it aligned on warranty. (I've had the same issues with other Toyotas). The tires though (Bridgestones) wore out completely before 24000 miles. Fortunately I had a "tires for life" deal at my dealership and they put another set on. At 39,000 miles I can see these will need replaced before the summer is over. I couldn't convince my dealer to put better tires on, explaining it would save him money and perhaps even be cheaper. That's the only reason I stick with the Bridgestones (free is good no matter how long they last)

    I don't understand why Toyota decided to put a V rated tire on an economy car. I don't know a lot about low rolling resistance tires, and I can see where a hard rubber tire like a V rated tire can help, but surely they make one with a 400+ treadwear rating? I have heard of no one complaining about the Michellin's.

    The other problem I have is with the size of the tires and calibration of the speedo. Earlier posts last year covered this but it is impossible to change tire size to correct the speedometer error. This should have been designed and then calibrated with a taller sidewall for comfort, OR give me the SE suspension! I don't want rough riding tires with soft springs. I want a ride like a (Big) Cadillac or like a Vette.
  • shook4shook4 Posts: 4
    Our TCH 50th Anniversary Edition has 15,700 miles on it and the original factory Bridgestone E400 V rated tires have had to be replaced. We had alignment problems with the car and I noticed this at the first 5,000 mile rotation. The dealer did only a 2 wheel alignment and I still noticed inside tread wear on the front tires at the 10K rotation. At the 15K rotation I noticed an excessive pull to the right and the tires were badly worn. I replaced the tires with Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid tires. I also had a lifetime alignment done at the Firestone garage where I bought the tires. The car now runs true and the new tires are much quieter, longer lasting and more fuel efficient. The original tires had only a 20,000 mile tread wear specification. I noticed the new TCH has a Michelin Energy tire with a much higher tread wear rating. Also, when it comes time for you to replace the tires on your TCH, stick with the 215/60R16 size. I found changing tire size caused problems with the computers ability to transition from battery to gas, reducing the fuel efficiency.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I found changing tire size caused problems with the computers ability to transition from battery to gas, reducing the fuel efficiency.

    I doubt that had anything to do with the computer, more than likely to do with the tires rolling resistance; a wider tire or different tread design causing more friction
  • Finally replaced the stock wheels with some cool OZ Racing Rims off tire rack .
    Question- does anyone know if the computer and speedo can be recalibrated ? I think it's showing me with lesser mileage and that I'm going slower than speed shown on speedometer .
  • tima1tima1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Camry Hybrid with 61,000 miles. I am going on my third (3rd) set of tires this week. The problem is cupping of all 4 tires at the same time within 25k-30k miles. I have discussed with my dealer and they said i did not rotate/balance enough. I did this maintenance work every time i changed my oil. I have the receipts to show and dealer still blamed me. I have had suspension system checked and have done alignments. Still the second set of tires cupped (all 4) after 25k miles. First set of tires was stock - Second set are GoodYear - not sure what to try next
  • saz25saz25 Posts: 152
    I have a 2009 TCH that I bought in July. It now has about 6500 miles and just today has seen its first snow. I don't like how it handles in the snow, thus I'm considering 4 snow tires.

    I did the same thing to my Volvo and it was great. Without snow, it was scary to drive. With 4 snows its a pleasure.

    My questions are:
    What snow tires to most people put on the 2009 TCH?

    What considerations or concerns do I need to be aware of concerning the tire pressure sensors? Do I need to get them on the snows as well or can they be disabled when I have snow tires? How do people handle this?

  • rpmrpm Posts: 9
    I have blizzaks (on dedicated alloy wheels) on all 4 corners. had them on our 2007, and now have them on the 2009. the camry is great on ice and snow with Blizzaks. you should definitely get snows...your OEM tires are resting when the snows are on, so the snows don't really cost you anything. is a great place to search, and to buy as well. you can save a few $ if you can find steel wheels for your snows instead of alloys. I swap them on and off myself, but if you buy them locally, the tire shop might do it for free for you.

    If you buy snow tires only, and have them swapped onto your OEM wheels each spring and fall, then your existing TPMS stay in the wheels and continue to function. you'll have to reset them each sway, though, but it's an easy process. doing this means you have to pay for rebalancing 2x year; not worth it, to me.

    You can get tpms sensors if you buy dedicated wheels, but they are pricey. I didn't bother. The light flashes at first, but then stays on solid all the time. easy to ignore.
  • saz25saz25 Posts: 152
    Hi, thanks for the reply.
    Where exactly is the tire pressure monitoring system? Is it in the valve stem on each tire?

    I'd like to continue to use it when I get snow tires.
  • rpmrpm Posts: 9
    don't know. I think it varies with different manufacturers. It might be mounted to the inside wheel flange. I believe it's difficult to move them...better to buy another set if you really want them on the snows too. I seem to recall tirerack wanted a few hundred dollars just for the sensors. You might be best off just using your existing wheels/sensors, and mounting and balancing the snows each season.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Know that this reply is a bit late but if it helps somebody... Got my 2007 with the recommended Michelins and I changed them at around 45,000 miles for another pair of Michelins. Have the tires rotated every oil change and drive 100 miles a day to and from work. Like the ride, traction and wear on them.
  • What type of Michelin's?
  • bill_wbill_w Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid with Firestone tires. I'll be lucky to get 20,000 miles out of them. My car is well maintained and I regularly check the tire pressure, which is set at 32 psi per manufactuer recomendations. No alignment problems. The car is basically local to and from work and not driven hard. I understand the Michelin tires will go about 45,000.
  • jollesuejollesue Posts: 1
    I had a 2007 tch and the tires were gone at13,000 miles, now I have a 2009 and the first set of tires is gone at 15,000. The dealer blamed me for bad rotataion. Documented not true. Then I must have thown out of alignment. Tires were wearing to inside at the first rotation. Did they not beef up the suspension to accomadate the heavy batteries??
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    The OEM tires on the TCH are generally pretty sucky. I got 37K out of mine but I ran them low on tread.

    I got some Yokohama YK520 from Discount Tire and they have been great. Quieter, and the mileage had not been affected.
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