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Hyundai Azera Tires and Wheels

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  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    This is absolutely correct and pertains to radial tires; bias ply not so much. Rotation is as you've mentioned same side and fore and aft.

    Bart :shades:
  • joe131joe131 Posts: 972
    I thought the owner's manual is the thing that should be followed concerning tire rotation patterns. Mine shows front to rear, and rear to other side front. X pattern ok for radial tires in my book.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE: 86
    Both methods of tire rotation are indicated in my 06 Azera owners manual. In my opinion, if you want to maximize the milage on a set of tires you will do the 5 tire rotation.
    As a spare tire is hardly, if ever, used it is senseless to have that tire being the best tire on or in your car.
    If using all 5 tires, when replacement is necessary, you will always have a matched set of tires.
  • joe131joe131 Posts: 972
    The X pattern of tire rotation is shown in my book as the prescribed rotation for 4 tires, not including the spare. Front to rear, and rear to other side front.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE 88
    I guess that we have different owners manuals.
    Do you have an 06?
  • joe131joe131 Posts: 972
    Nope, not even an Azera. But it is a Hyundai with radial tires.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE:90
    Than I presume that your 4 wheel tire rotation quote was a guess and not the official Hyundai Azera specification.
    The Azera printed manual provides to methods of rotation.
    The five tire rotation provides better tire life as the spare is hardly or ever used in real driving.
    Why keep your best tire in the trunk, and not on the ground?
  • joe131joe131 Posts: 972
    Not a guess. Just not a quote strictly for Azera. The point was that X pattern is recommended for radial tires even if just a 4 tire rotation.
    My spare is not my best tire, nor does it the same brand as the 4 on the road.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    RE; 71
    Having a different tire as the spare is a good reason not to perform a 5 tire rotation.
    The dealer or tire shop would always prefer to perform a 4 tire rotation. It is easier for them.
    It is not necessarily the preferred procedure.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Why isn't your spare your best tire if it came with the Azera? In which case, the spare tire is identical to the other 4 (if you have an '06) so you can do the 5 tire rotation. If you have an '07 or later, you can only do the 4 tire rotation, which I've always done just swapping front to back and back to front, keeping them on the same side of the car.

    If the tires are non-directional, it really doesn't matter. In my case, with aftermarket wheels and tires, I can only swap the front and back wheels and keep them on the same side because the tires are directional.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I know that Hyundai has used Hankook on a couple of their models. I believe I saw them on some Tiburons and some Tucsons as well. It's not odd for a manufacturer to have a deal with more than one tire company.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Cobrazera, I've got 20" rims on my Azera and they are not significantly heavier than than the stock set. I mean...it would depend on the type of wheel you choose and what it's made out of and the design. Mine are chrome, but the patter is a pretty open patter, which means less metal than a closed or less open design.

    The ride quality only suffers over rough roads. On the highway and smooth roads...there's no difference. Also, the Michelins are pretty noisy radials. The aftermarket Lexani tires I have (made by Nexen Tires) are actually quieter than the Michelins.

    The advantage I now have by having two sets of wheels and tires is that in the winter months, I can take off the aftermarket wheels and put the stock wheels on. Much longer life on all the tires period! Even though I do that, I still got an all-season performance tire.
  • derrelhgreenderrelhgreen Posts: 234
    The Azeras that are not Limited models do not come equipped with Michelins.

    Only the Limiteds are factory equipped with the 17 inch Michelins.

    The other models have 16 inch wheels without the expensive to replace Michelins.

    :)
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    The Michelins are only expensive to replace if you don't shop around. The tires I have on my 20" rims only cost me $130 each.
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    EBay currently has two sellers of set-of-four OEM 17" wheels with tires for $700 and $750, respectively. I've noted that there's frequently at least one seller who did a complete tire/wheel swap of his OEM stuff and markets what he removed from his new Azera on eBay...
  • I've been reading several threads about steering wheel shimmy and other issues associated with Azera's I have had my Azera for about 30 days - it has been into the dealership 3 times for steering wheel shimmy at highway speeds... this past time, they claimed that the chrome Aftermafket wheels (they had sold me through the dealership when I purchased the car)needed special balancer spindles as the spindle on their balancer wasn't fitting the wheels correctly. The steering wheel shimmy has almost disappeared - but now I get the same shimmy in my seats and the floors - it almost feels as if they rotated the tires/wheels to the rear trying to get the shimmy to go away -

    Any thoughts?
  • cdmuilecdmuile Posts: 152
    Better stay on them(the dealership). Sounds like the old runaround to me.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Honestly...I would just take the car to an aftermarket wheel shop and have them do the balancing for you. Then...I would take the receipt to the manager at the dealership and have them reimburse you for something they should have taken care of. Another advantage of going to an aftermarket wheel shop is they will be sure to torque the lug nuts down correctly too. Most mechanics that work in auto repair shops will not do this and that simple misstep could lead to warped rotors.

    Good luck!
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    Agree!
    Lug nuts should always be torqued. Avoid shops that will not use torque wrench for final tightening.
    If alloy wheels, balance weights look better when applied only to back side the wheel.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Indeed, indeed! Some places are really good with the tape weights too.

    I purchased my own torque wrench for when I need to remove the wheels myself.
  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    You don't have to replace them with Michelins. I replaced the Michelins on my XG350 with Falken Ziex. About one half the price of the Michelins.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    I have had a very good experience using Falken tires.
    They tracked well, wore well, and carried a good warranty.
  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    I forgot to mention that my experience with Falken Ziex tires was very good. I liked the agressive look of the tread pattern and they seemed to displace water much better than the Michelins. They are a Consumer Reports rated best buy. They were very quiet and my XG handled very well with them.
  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    Has anyone tried going to Costco and having the air replaced with nitrogen? If so, what were the results? Is it worth it in your opinion?
  • willie11willie11 Posts: 14
    When I purchased my Azera in December my dealer replaced my air with nitrogen. It was a promotion with all new vehicles purchased at that time. It didn't cost me anything so it was worth it. It is supposed to increase gas mileage a little bit plus less air leakage. I guess the tires are supposed to wear better also. My gas mileage now with 8500 miles on the car is 24.5mpg. Mostly city but also a fair amount of highway. It is difficult to say if it is worth it if I had to pay to have it done. It certainly can't hurt and the ride is great, very smooth.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    In January I paid $35 (just under $4 per tire) to have Nitrofill brand put in my tires. So far, it seems to be maintaining tire pressure as claimed.

    It is supposed to be good for 18 months. Proper tire pressure will mean longer tire wear and better gas mileage. With the price of gas over $3/gallon I only have to save 12 gallons in 18 months to break even. If I get a few thousand extra miles out of the tires, I win.

    I figured it was worth a one time $35 gamble. Could save a fair amount of money or I could lose a total of $35.

    So far I think the gamble is paying off. If, after more months I think otherwise, I just won't do it again. The most I could lose, at the present price of gas in my area is about the price of 11 gallons spread over 18 months.
  • derrelhgreenderrelhgreen Posts: 234
    Glad you asked. :)

    I've had it done by Costco to three vehicles; In fact to four different sets of tires.

    My original Firestone GTA 02 gumballs were the worst tires I have ever heard of in 60 years of being a 'certified' car nut.
    They'd loose 10 pounds of air (PSI) simply setting in the garage with the Focus never being outside of the garage.
    We only drove the Focus about 5K miles in its' first five years.

    When I had Costco change the air out in those Firestones, the tires simply stopped
    oozing because there was almost no oxygen within the tires any longer.
    So in regards to the claim that using nitrogen will almost completely stop pressure loss, I can say that the claim is correct! ;)
    One other advantage to using nitrogen is that there is supposedly less or practically no
    friction within the tire because most of those oxygen molecules aren't there any longer.

    You will not see any or very little change in PSI between a "cold" tire and one that has been out on the road for a few miles, and therefore should have "warmed" up a little causing the PSI to be a little higher.
    I have not tried to verify that claim, but I do believe it to be true!

    BTW, Costco has not ever charged me anything for this service.
    I have had to talk to the manager a couple of times, and I suppose they did it to simply get rid of this talkative 'senior citizen.'
    "Go ahead and do it for him so he will leave!" He he. :D

    Remember, if you don't ask, the answer is always "no."
    Catch them when they aren't too busy, talk to them nicely, and I will bet they will be happy to do it for you gratis.
    What do you have to loose? :confuse:

    HTHs

    :)
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    Ah, the power of marketing!
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    Does anyone know what the largest sized tires (width) that will fit on the Azera Limited 17" stock rims without "rubbing'? OEM is 235/55/17's...
  • derrelhgreenderrelhgreen Posts: 234
    How about some 255/50 ZR17s? That's almost the same diameter, and only 20 mm wider. Should fit fine!

    :)
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