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Toyota Highlander Tires and Wheels

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  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    edited March 2010
    I have to give two thumbs up to Discount Tire. Earlier this week, I ran over a bolt which punctured one of those "fantastic" 19-inch OEM Bridgestones on my '08 HL AWD LTD. They were able to repair (vs replace) the tire at no charge! I have never bought tires from them before, was a new customer, and needed their services... I expected to pay them for their work. They wouldn't have it. When I asked, they said "all we do is try to take care of customers in hopes that you'll buy from us and tell your friends someday." Done! The service advisor was also able to confirm the pending availability of the Hankook Ventus AS in the 245 / 55 / R19 size (May), so he's already made his next sale. Well done, Discount Tire !
  • mama2allymama2ally Posts: 23
    I had the same thing happen in the fall at Belle Tire in Novi, MI. I am an established customer with them though. :)
  • I've had these balanced several times and they still intermitantly shake the steering wheel between 65-75 MPH..very annoying! Seems to self correct on own for minutes then reverts to vibrating steering wheel. I have a 2002 v6 AWD highlander.
  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    edited April 2010
    Sounds like a bad balance problem. Check on the Hunter site and look for someone in your area that has one of the Hunter Road Force balance machines and have them load balanced. I will bet your problem disappears, I know mine did.

    See these sites for more information
    http://www.gsp9700.com/pub/technical/4202T/5THEO004.cfm

    Road Force Machine & to locate in your area
    http://www.hunter.com/pub/product/balancer/index.htm

    Click on the 'Locate a service rep' and look for your area.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 793
    Wheel end vibrations (and that would include tires) tend to be there all the time. So if it comes and goes, it's probably something else - like a worn or failed steering or suspension component.

    The one except to this is if it comes and goes in a rhythm. Sort like: "Thrum......Thrum......Thrum....." etc. - and we're talking seconds here - Then its a pair of tires interacting with each other. Put one of anoither axle and the problem goes away, as neither is by itself large enough to cause a vibration, but when they in and out of phase, they combine to be large enough to detect.
  • topdawgtopdawg Posts: 10
    Installed Toyo Open Country HTs and have about 1,000 miles on them. Tires seem to be fine even in very wet conditions. No snow to test them on. Ride, handling, noise all have been okay. At this point I feel safe in recommending them as a replacement for the A20s.
  • jspitzleyjspitzley Posts: 2
    ">I changed out the 19-inch wheels on my 2008 sport at discount tire for 17-inch wheels and Michelin 50,000 mile m/s tires. Drives great, no problems, no discernible change in performance on the highway. I have much more confidence in these tires in the snow. Paid a total of $1,300 with a $300 rebate from Discount Tires. Lot's more rubber on the road and the wheels look fine. I selected the same tire size that is listed (along with the19-inch) in the user's manual. The Toyota service department dealer actually recommended a larger tire size until I asked them to confirm that using a tire larger than shown in the user's manual was acceptable, then they changed their recommendation. It's lilkely that it does not matter; the odometer is off by a fraction for either tire. Discount Tires replaced the sensors for the tires; that is not an issue.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    I wonder if Toyota will revise the tires to a more common size when they update it in the next year or so?
  • 2005 highlander needs new tires, tried cooper, tried bridgestone, and i slide in the snow and go off track in the rain. steep hill by my home was hard to manuever. it is not a limited, just a nice 6
    momcat
  • mama2allymama2ally Posts: 23
    I put Hankooks on my 2008. They aren't the original size, but they fit the wheel. I haven't experienced winter yet, but so far so good in heavy rain.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    What size did you install? Up one to 255 / 55 R19 ?
  • cookevillejimcookevillejim Posts: 2
    edited July 2010
    A year ago I changed the OEM Toyo A20 tires on my 2008 Highlander to Bridgestone Dueler Alenza 255/55/R19 tires. The Toyos had only 18K miles on them but the tread wear did not give me confidence that they would last through some vacation travel that I planned for last summer. My local tire dealer also sells Toyo tires and he highly recommended the Alenzas for their all weather service. After 12K miles, hardly any wear on my new tires and excellent results over the past year. When compared to other tires in the 245/55 and 255/55 R19 sizes, the Alenzas have any excellent combination of long wear, reasonable cost, and performance chacteristics.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Thanks. I'm in the Chicago area and will need new tires before the snow flies. I'm getting the ducks lined up now...
  • 400e400e Posts: 41
    I put Toyo H/T tires on my Highlander last fall and got through last year's snow just fine - I'm in Omaha and you know what last winter was like in the Midwest.

    I have 9000 miles on the new tires and they are hardly wearing at all so far.
  • Any onee try the Hankook Ventus AS RH07 in 245/55R19? Good price but I am leary of the new tire.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    I was going to go with the same tire, just up one size to 255 until I saw that the 245 was available. Any review I've read on this tire is terrific. My problem is that Discount Tire says they're not available yet in 245 width while Hankook's website clearly says otherwise.
  • Discount tire direct said they can order the 245/55R19 for you. It will take 7 to 10 days and cost $189 with free shipping. Sounds OK. I found a local tire dealer that can get for $178 but I did not ask if that was mounted or not.
  • I got the Hankook's in the 255 size this spring. They have performed well so far, but I haven't driven them in any snow. I'll post a review once I drive with them this winter.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    but I did not ask if that was mounted or not.

    That does get tricky. I got new tires for my van not long ago and I asked the local company for the out the door price on the tires. Came out very close to the cost of getting them over the net, and I didn't have to wait. And no surprise disposal or other fees.

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  • When I pulled up (one pull) the auto button on the driver side to put the window up, the window would go all the way up into the lip and then instantly come down. This happened 3 to 4 times, before i operated the button manually and pulled the window up to the lip; but not into the lip. I checked all other windows, and they were fine. About after an hour of driving, i opened the trunk and shut it and made sure the access window in the back was also securely shut. Then i tried the auto button; it was fine. Did anyone ever have anything like that happen? Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks
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