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Hyundai Azera Tires and Wheels

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  • bmb1767bmb1767 Posts: 63
    Sorry....I meant to say does NOT show up.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I went to the website and gave it a shot...when you select Limited as body style, the Altimax comes up 2nd, if you select SE as the body style...it's 5th.

    Not sure what you're doing when you input the data. The box marked "Start Here", I chose 'Tires', then my search type was 'By vehicle', my vehicle year is '2006', vehicle make 'Hyundai' and my model is 'Azera'. After clicking "GO", the next screen asks for body style and I selected 'Limited'...clicked on "Continue", selected the approriate tire size (didn't matter which one) and then clicked on "View Tires". General Altimax HP was 2nd in the list.
  • I recently (about 3-4 months) bought the Generals for my 06' Azera Limited. They're GREAT. Trust me I was very skeptical and very confused but went with the reviews here and the ones from Tire Rack and got a great deal. Trust me they're better traction and low noise. If you get them you'll be happy with them I drive in North Jersey and these roads are horrible at time so yeah. :shades:
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    A little off the subject, but in Tampa, if you "carry in" tires to a shop for mounting and balancing, you get burned...Most want $40-$50/tire to do the work...Wally World is reasonable, but if you change size or speed rating other than what's on the door post, they won't touch them...liability...
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    You are right, some places will burn you. Look around though, find a gas station that does it and you may be able to get it done for less. Around here, most places wanted around $30/tire to mount & balance my tires. I found a gas station and they did it for $15/tire.
  • 54gradsteds54gradsteds Posts: 102
    Excuse me, please, If this appears redundant, but I haven't been following these discussions for some time....I have a '96 Azera Limited, with an embarrassingly low 15,000 miles on the odometer. From day one, I have noticed a "thump, thump, thump" -type feel after initial start-up, which continues for a few miles, then seems to disappear. In addition, these are quite NOISY tires ! I have used Michelins for years, and have never complained about them until now. Am I just imagining this? When I had a conversation with a neighborhood mechanic the other day, he suggested than the country in which they were actually manufactured might have some bearing on the problem.. My '95 Avalon's tires were made in Italy ( no bump or objectionable noise) -- the Azera's were made in Japan...I can't imagine that I'm the only owner of these tires who experiences the thumping and noise... Anybody have any idea what might cause this? Thanks--Phil
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    edited March 2010
    Phil,

    Welcome to the forum. The Michelins you have on your 06 are considered as junk by a majority of posters here. Also, probably you don't drive your Azera everyday & that creates flat-spots on the tires. The Michelins that come OEM on our Azeras are known for developing flatspots, are extremely noisy & ride not all that good.

    Your only option would be to either get used to it or change to a better set of tires. Many have had a lot of good things to say about how Azeras ride after they got rid of their OEM Michelins.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Considering your car is 4 years old with only 15K miles on it...you don't drive it that often. One thing that has been found about the OEM Michelins is that flat spots are created when the car sits. I experienced this one time when I went out of town for a week and came back. When I got in the car I thought something was wrong, but as I got down the highway...it smoothed out.

    I have since switched tire brands (General Altimax HP's) and haven't experienced the problem. My car sat for almost 2 weeks during our huge snow storm and when I finally did drive it, no flat spot noise from the tires at all.
  • rminorrminor Posts: 40
    As I said, I bought my HydroEdge tires at Costco in Brandon, FL. They're T speed rating but Costco had no problem installing them. They just told me they might handle a little different and be sure not to exceed the 118 mph rating. No problem for me.
  • 54gradsteds54gradsteds Posts: 102
    Thanks, Wobbly Ears and Allmet33 for your responses and advice...Phil
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    WalMart corp policy is to install only tires specified for the care per the info on the door post...again liability issues.....Evidently, Costco does not have the same policy.
  • Info on my door post only specifies size and air pressure. I was going to have my local Wal-Mart special order the General Altimax HP's but I ended up getting them from Treadepot.com cheaper including shipping. They never mentioned anything about a Wal-Mart policy and liability issues. I'm sure you could sign a statement relieving them of any liability issues.
  • Update on my Altimax HP' s. Thanks to a recommendation from allmet33 I had the General Altimax HP's replace the lousy Michelins which at 31K got to loud to listen to.
    Took a 600 mile round trip yesterday and I must say I am very pleased with the tires, very quiet and hold the road pretty good, since I drove from Kodak, TN to Fort Campbell and back on US 40 at 80-85 MPH and never slid off the road one time. ;) ;) Didn't notice any floating or suspension problems, just a smooth quiet ride and managed to get 25.4 MPG overall. :) :)
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    You are correct....I tried to carry in a set of 4 tires (a litttle wider and a small difference in the profile) for my Santa Fe and they refused to mount and balance them...You were probably replacing the same size that was on your Azera...No release was offered...Ithink that the big deal over the Firestone and Explorer incidents really raised awareness with the tire manufactuers and installers, even though it was not a change in size issue..
  • I had my Hyundai dealer put on my Altimax HP's and they only charged $15 per tire and I thought they would be the highest, guess not. Also got a wheel alignment at the same time for $69.
  • hc106hc106 Posts: 10
    On June 21, 2009, I posted the following:
    "I have a 2007 Hyundai Azera Limited with 25,000 miles on it, and looks like it will be a while longer before I have to replace the Michelins that came on it, but when I do, they will be Goodyear Assurance Tripletreds ."

    Well, at 28,000 miles my wife picked up a nail and ran on the tire after it went flat long enough to break down the sidewall. I was going to have to buy a new tire, so used this as an excuse to go ahead and buy a set of Goodyear Assurance TripleTreds.

    I immediately noticed an improvement in the handling and response of the vehicle with the TripleTreds, and a reduction in "sway" when making turns. We now have 33,500 miles on the odometer, (5,500 on the tires). I had read somewhere that my gas mileage might decrease a mpg or two due to the difference in "rolling resistance" between the Goodyears and the Michelins. However, we have actually noticed an increase in gas mileage, from 24.4 to 25.4 with the new tires. Tread wear is negligable , and traction is great.

    :) I love my Azera and Goodyear Tripletreds! :)
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    Has anyone installed Hankook Optimo's or Ventus HR II tires on their Azera??? Appreciate feedback.
  • shagnatshagnat Posts: 78
    I'm very curious about the Tripletreads....... what is the speed rating on these tires?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    101649...I had some Hankook Ventus tires on my aftermarket wheels when I had my '02 Sonata. They were a really good tire...quiet, smooth, responsive and performed great in wet or dry conditions. That was a low profile model (45 series). I can imagine the 55 series tires that the Azera rides on would be much more comfortable while still offering great handling, performance and ride noise.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity has been favorably mentioned by several people and I note that this tire is one of the three listed "Best all season tires" in the current Consumer's Reports (April 2010) for performance V-speed rated tires, so I'll likely get a set of these IF my OEM's wear down enough while this tire is still being sold!...
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    Then you may have to wait a looong time for the Michelins to wear out. These OEM Michelins seem to be made of concrete! (And they ride like them too, ugh!)

    Were I not such a cheapskate, I would have replaced my OEM Michelins a long time ago!
  • 29tomt29tomt Posts: 12
    After 30K miles, I could not stand the road noise anymore and replaced the Michelin tires with Goodyear and again i am a happy camper. This is a 2007 Azera. My grief started earlier when the tires were rotated in the x format.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I'm starting to believe that anyone would be happier with the tire performance on their Azera's no matter what they replaced the OEM Michelins with (except with other Michelins). LOL
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    And they are all cheaper than the Michelins. I have been very happy with my Goodyear Eagle GT's. W rated and very nice for handling and grip wet or dry.

    I do get the opportunity to occasionally see triple digits so, I like having a higher speed rating. Pushing about 80K miles now on my 07 Limited. Did just have a fog light burn out that I need replaced, otherwise doing well.
  • Thanks to a allmet33 suggestion I replaced my Michelins with the General Altimax HP's. Michelins were two years old with 31K on them, but they had plenty of noisy miles left on them. What a world of difference, can't believe I'm driving the same car, life is to short to put up with noisy tires, well worth the $500 to change the tires and drive a quiet car. Thanks again, allmet33. :) :)
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Just glad I could offer advice and have it pay off for someone else. Happy motoring my friend! :shades:
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    Did the dealer "burn" you to replace the light??? or was it a DIY??? The housing is rather hard to access for bulb replacement...
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I would think the charge to replace the bulb would be under $100 (bulb & labor). However, you can save money by purchasing a bulb online and installing it yourself.

    I managed to figure out how to do it when I changed my OEM bulbs to the Euro yellow bulbs. If you're working on the driver's side, turn the wheels to the right to expose the front portion of the wheel well shroud. Then, you'll have to work the fasteners of the shroud loose to allow you access behind it. Once you do that, you can reach your arm in and reach the back of the fog light and twist out the harness with the bulb. Twist the new bulb in place and re-attach the harness to the new bulb.

    At first, it seems very awkward, but once you figure everything out...it's really quite simple. It also took me about 30-45 mins. the first time I did it, but after that it got really easy and took maybe 5 mins. to change a bulb. Good luck!!!
  • azgrandazgrand Posts: 50
    If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive way to dress up your Azera wheels, I bought some chrome wheel covers from Korean Auto Imports. They were shipped to me directly from South Korea, and are chromed ABS plastic. The fit right over your factory 17" wheels. While they're obviously not as good as an aftermarket set of wheels, they do look pretty good considering the price (less than $300). I'll wait and see how they hold up over time. I hope my wife is very careful around curbs!

    Here's a few pictures:

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    Pic 3
  • Hi azgrand, I'm glad to see that someone tried the wheel covers, I think they look great and alot cheaper than buying chrome rims, keep us advised on how they hold up. Does the lug nuts hold them on? :)
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