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Honda Pilot Tires and Wheels

The spare tire on the 2007 pilot is a different width than the other tires. Does anyone know if a full size tire will fit in spare tire storage location under the car?


  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I was told it should fit, but not sure how much will hang down. I was going to jack the car on pass. rear and take the spare out, try and place the full rear tire up there. If it fits, I have a tire with factory rim lined up at a local salvage yard (same one I got the rear splash guards from) and will be able to get a 5th tire very cheap. I'm just waiting for a nicer day to do it.

    Odie's Carspace
  • I installed 06 Acura 17" wheels and tires on BOTH my 03 and 06 Pilots. I thought I would use the 03 rims and tires as spares. As noted above, they do not fit up in the cavity for the spare. The way the full size hangs down in just not acceptable. I doubt many people would like the way it looks hanging down. It is odd that the spare would be a smaller diameter since I have always heard(and read in the owner's manual) that the diameter of ALL wheels must be the same on AWD or damage to the drivetrain MIGHT occur. With the 18 clutch packs on the back that makes some sense. So, I don't understand why the spare would be a different diameter.
  • just an update...
    i brought my pilot to local ny dealer. they free spun the wheels and did not see anything wrong. they were telling me that the blemish on this tire is normal, as it "sometimes" come from the way they tie cars for delivery. he assured me that there is nothing wrong and it is safe to use/ride on it. he cannot replace the tire though, unless i pay for it. isn't that unfair? i don't like my cars having bulge in it, as i feel that its lifespan is lessened or may not last longer than it should be. should i go directly to my dealer and get it replaced? i'd like to know my rights as a new buyer. i just put 500mi on it and i want to know if i can get (at least) Goodyear to replace it, if not Honda...
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    Several years ago (98 or 99) I had a vibration in a rear tire. Took the nearly new Ram to a "GOODYEAR" store. They checked it and said it was out of round. Replaced it on the spot.

    This was a Goodyear store. Not just a store that also sold Goodyear tires.

  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    if the sidewall has a bulge in it, it is most probably a defective tire. the rubber may have separated from the sidewall ply/belt. you don't know, and neither can your dealer.

    the story about how the vehicle is placed on the transport is just a story.

    speak with the service manager. call honda corporate if you don't get satisfaction. you may take it to a goodyear store. however, it's honda that should be taking care of you.

    meanwhile, what happened to your vibration?
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    Dear mrdeeno3

    I had a vehicle with a bulging tire. I asked the dealer to replace the tire and after that was not going to happen, I replaced it as fast as I could by going to a local tire dealer the same day. My family was much more important than waiting for a dealer to do something.

    As to options, as I am not a lawyer.

    You might have a small claims court filing available.
    Maybe writing Honda HQ a leter of complaint.
    Does your state have a "lemon law"?

    Good luck to you and I hope things work out for you.

  • Read your new vehicle and tire warranty. It will explain who is responsible for a defective tire. Sometimes it is the tire manufacturer.
  • Hi,

    I moved up from a 1999 Camry to a 2003 Honda Pilot EX this past weekend. The seller surprisinly had new tires on the rear but almost worn out tires on front. I need to get a new front pair right away. The rear are Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 235/70R16.

    I was thinking of getting the Goodyear Fortera TripleTread but noticed that Costco policy on tires states --

    If installing less than a complete set, we will install only on the rear. And it the vehicle is a 4wd or AWD then all tires need to be the same.


    1. Does anyone advise getting a different pair for the front set?

    2. Or should I stick to Bridgestone Dueler 684?

    3. How are these Bridgestone tires anyway?

    Thanks a lot!!
  • jensad/user777/kipk/justaveragejoe,

    thanks for your responses.
    the honda salesman called me up and ask me to bring the car to the dealership tomorrow to get the tire re-evaluated. i haven't responded to their customer survey yet, so i hope they'll fix it, otherwise they'll get bad feedback. :) if they cannot replace the tire, i'll drop by Goodyear. as per Goodyear warranty, if the tire is worn beyond 2/32" of tread depth, it is not replaceable or covered.

    btw, i'm aware of mechanical issues in lemon law, but never tires... i maybe wrong or haven't read enough about NJ lemon state laws.

    i'll keep you posted whatever happens tomorrow.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    ...the honda salesman called me up and ask me to bring the car to the dealership tomorrow to get the tire re-evaluated...

    That is encouraging! :) Please keep us posted.

  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    We have Bridgestone Duelers on our CR-V. Came that way new.

    Also had a set on a Montero. They didn't wear all that well.

    I find them kind of rough over road cracks, gravel and such. They are also noisy.

    Will replace them with Michelins or Yokahamas. The Yokahamas are built the same way as Michelins and cost a little less.

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    If your gonna look into Goodyear tires, you might want to check out the Wrangler Silent Armor. They have Higher ratings than the Fortera's, better dry, wet, snow, and dirt grip, plus they are quieter. I'm just saying this because there are more Goodyear Shops / Stores around than most of the other companies. so you will always be with-in close proximity with one if something was to every go wrong.

    another good point is their Lifetime Road Hazard Warranty, not only does it cover just about everything, every 6000 miles you get a free Re-Balance, Re-Presseure and Rotation.

    Odie's Carspace
  • ralph9ralph9 Posts: 88
    I replaced our Goodyear Integrity tires on our 2005 Pilot with Goodyear Fortera Tripletreds and I'm very pleased with their performance in wet and snowy/icy conditions. I based my decision on the consumer survey results in the site. Compare the Bridgestones and the other tires and then pick the one that best suits your needs. The survey is based on many miles of travel on the respective tires. For safety reasons for you and the others who ride in your vehicle, it would probably be best to match the four tires.
    I purchased the tires through tirerack and had them delivered to an installer with the Hunter 9700 balance machine, so that they could be road-force balanced, which seems to be an important issue for the Pilots. Take care. Ralph
  • went to the dealer, they got it inspected. unfortunately, it came up to the same result. the "bubble" was cosmetic and that they don't cover tire warranty. i went to the nearest goodyear center (zip code 08722) to get it re-evaluated. they told me the "bubble" is nothing to worry about. it's normal for radial tires and they call it something as "undelining". they also confirmed that my wheels are not wobbly. i will call honda today and seek for additional support - maybe they can tell my local dealr to swap it with the ones in the lot. i already tried to negotiate this with the dealr, but they just don't do anything like that -- "bs!". at this point, i am not happy as a customer. although it is cosmetic, i felt i'm not worth to have that issue after paying for $34950 (out-the-door).
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    i went to the nearest goodyear center (zip code 08722) to get it re-evaluated. they told me the "bubble" is nothing to worry about. it's normal for radial tires and they call it something as "undelining".

    That really "SUCKS"! Since it is nothing to worry about, it seems the Honda dealer would be more than happy to swap tires with you from one on the lot. If tires were normal to have bubbles, more would have them. :mad:

    My next step would be to sit down with the "OWNER" of the dealership and first ask him if he would want that tire on his wife or kids car. Second, tell him that if your problem is not fixed, your service work and future car purchases will be at another dealer. Third, you will tell as many people as possible about the problem and how you are being treated at his dealership. Forth, you will get some magnetic "LEMON" sign for your doors. His dealership name is already on the car. Probably a tag on the front and a decal on the back. Remind him that customers are easier to loose than to gain.

    His cost on that tire is minimal compared to the profit he has already made and hopes to make in the future on service work and sales. If none of this affects him, he may not be in business much longer anyway. Find a new dealer and purchase some more tires. Michelin or Yokahamas come to mind.

  • they told me the "bubble" is nothing to worry about. it's normal for radial tires and they call it something as "undelining".

    Then it is not a "bubble" at all. A bubble is something that actually looks like your Great Aunt's goiter on her neck, not a slight inward wave or crease on the sidewall. What you have is a completely normal tire. There is an even money chance that any new tire you had mounted would be the same. I purchased a set of Michelin's for my other car and one of the tires had this, set of BFGs for my pick up same thing. It is normal. It is not a safety issue. Your wife and kids will be fine. And yes, I would have no issue at all with my wife driving on tires with this blemish.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    If you are talking about the indentions in the sidewall that run from the rim out toward the tread, it is fairly common to see. Especially noticeable when clean and shiny in bright sun.

    I've not noticed it with Michelins or Yokahamas. Manager at "National Tire and Battery" said those 2 brands are built differently from the others. Clamshell or something!

    Michelins I've owned have been Light Truck tires and may have stronger sidewalls. Yokahamas were on a Maxima. Didn't NOTICE any indentions, but they could have been there. Those Yokahamas were replacements and sure ran quiet and soft, compared to OEM Toyos.

  • switswit Posts: 1
    HELP! I have an '03 Pilot and replaced the tires after only 30,000 miles. Now, 10,000 miles later the dealer says I need new tires again. What the heck is going on? Any advice is appreciated.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    What Brand and model of tires did/do you have?

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,006
    I had especially noticeable "indentations" on a set of Costco tires a few years ago (mine were made by Michelin for Costco). Some people describe them as mold marks.

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