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Hyundai Elantra Tires and Wheels

backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
Let's discuss the tires and wheels for the Elantra--OEM tires/wheels and aftermarket.


  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    it is getting to be that time when we will be getting replacement tires. the original tires are now at almost 44,000 miles which we were told were great for that tire. we need opinions on other tires or suggestions what to get. we do mostly highway driving Nc to NJ-PA.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Kumhos are a lot cheaper than the OEM Michelins and I found they ride more smoothly and quietly on the highway also. I got Ecsta HP4 716s for my '01 GLS, but I don't think those are offered anymore.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    2 tires that I have had good luck with are:

    Cooper Lifeliner SLE Touring - currently have those on our '02 Elantra, and they are quiet, and seem to ride well.

    BF Goodrich Traction T/A - I have these on one of our other vehicles (but I think they also are available for the Elantra), and I LOVE these tires. They are fairly quiet (not as quiet as the Coopers), but I have driven through downpours on the highway at speed, and the vehicle has felt very stable (while others around me were running 10 mph under the speed limit). From various reviews I have read, others have also agreed that these tires seem th provide a lot of grip.

    Like Backy mentioned, I have also heard good things about Kumhos, but have not personally owned a set. The 2 tires I mentioned above, are probably at the lower-middle price range.

    P.S. - for what it is worth, I rotate my tires every 5,000 miles (I use synthetic oil, and do oil changes and rotations at the same time), and the Coopers seem to be wearing very well on teh Elantra (@15,000 miles on them currently).
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Have you ever had your oil tested? 7,500 mile change intervals is conservative and 10,000 mile intervals are even conservative with many vehicles as demonstrated by oil test results.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    no, i have never had my oil analyzed. i agree with you that i could probably bo much longer between oil changes, but as it stands, we currently have 3 cars:

    car #1 (the Elantra) is driven 15,000 miles a year, so i change the oil in it 3 times per year - use synthetic.

    car #2 (Honda) is 10 months old, and only has 6,000 miles on it - looks like we will average 7,000-8,000 miles per year on it. i have the Honda dealer change the oil every 3,000 miles on it (regular oil), because they do it for $9.99, and for that price, it is cheap peace of mind.

    car #3 (Mitsubishi) is being driven about 6,000 miles per year. I run synthetic in it, and do an annual oil change on it with synthetic.

    So, to answer your question - no, i have never had the oil tested, and realize that i could probably go longer. but, i really don't spend that much on oil changes using my current schedule, and at least i KNOW i am not pushing my oil any further than i should.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    thanks for the quick reply. which kumho tire?
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    thanks for your reply. we have the tires rotated and balanced every 6,000 miles. we also check the tire pressure often.
  • are Hankook Optimo H426. Don't know whether they're good or not. I only have 450 miles on them so far.
  • How much do you pay for rotation and balancing? Do you need balancing every 6000 miles?
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    we found that if we did not get the tires balanced on the elantra when they were rotated the car would develop a shimmy at 60-65MPH. this only would occur with the elantra.the last time we had them rotated and balanced it cost $25.00. It used to cost $l7.00.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    I told you which Kumho tires I bought, but it doesn't do you much good unless you can find some remnants because I don't think they are made anymore. Your Kumho tire dealer e.g. Sears or Discount Tire can tell you which tire replaced the Ecsta HP4 716.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    At a place like Discount Tire you can get lifetime free balancing and rotation added for a nominal charge. They have (at least the one near me has) the Hunter balancing machine that Hyundai recommends in their TSB on the Elantra re wheel shimmy. There has been no shimmy on my Elantras when they use this machine correctly.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    sorry about that-must have been a senior moment for me. When we have the tires balanced at our hyundai dealer they must use the hunter machine correctly. no problems. when we used to take it to our local sears. we usually had to bring it back at least once to get them rebalanced.
  • I just bought a used 04 Elantra GT yesterday. I went to Sears today to get new Kumho tires installed; Sears includes free tire rotation every 5000 miles or 2 times a year with the tire installation and computer alignment.
  • if you drive in snow or very cold weather i would suggest running seperate summer and winter tires. Hankook and Kuhmo are the best tires on the market and the best value too. If you dont have the money to run seperate tires I would suggest either the Kumho Ecsta HP or the Hankook Optimo H426. The Hankook lineup has better choices and quality for pure summer tires and snow tires. The all season tires are about equal.
  • 5port5port Posts: 395
    At Sears Kuhmo Ecsta HP4 716 has been replaced by Kuhmo Solus HP4 716. The Solus is selling for $59.98 at this time. I recently rotated my Kuhmo Ecsta 716 tires and am happy to say there is no vibration at all. Tires were not balanced on a special balance machine,just regular hi-speed balance. The Kuhmos are wearing better than the Michelins. Based on my experience I would buy Kuhmo again in a heartbeat. I will never go back to Sears for tires though. Their service is quite lacking (here in NY anyway).
  • jim162jim162 Posts: 1
    I am in Chicago area and just bought a SE in May. Wondering how many PSI do you guys' Elantra have for summer time. Any recommendations??? Thanks.
  • caazcaaz Posts: 203
    Def go the max pressure. You'll get better MPG.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Heh. You *are* an MPG nut, aren't you? On my 05, I generally run between the (recommended) 32, to up to about 35-36. I just got new tires and while the ride is phenomally better, the mileage has dropped off by about 5% or more. (The tires, by the way, were Kumho Ecsta AST 225/50R15s. The extra width makes both handling and ride feel a lot better, but it also apparently increases the rolling resistance.)
  • dekoraidekorai Posts: 56
    Took my 04 Elantra GT (82,000 miles) to the dealer here in NJ since there was a lot of vibration between 35-45 MPH and above 75 MPH. The current set of tires have 22,000 miles on them and rotated every 7,500 miles between oil changes.

    They did a decent job at it - atleast the vibration at high speeds is negligible now. Which is what I needed since I do a 90 mile commute every day at high speeds. Also did an oil change and the engine and tranny are MUCH smoother and responsive - wonder why? I am guessing the oil filters at Pepboys don't suit the Elantra well. And I'm never going to Sears for tires or anything again - they obviously did a lousy job at balancing the tires.
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