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PT Cruiser Tires and Wheels



  • Along with my list of pt issues, My 2005 pt rims were leaking at after 2 years. Ruined all tires due to constant air pressure loss. That is when you get a radial shift and tires become toast and you get a shimmy, or separatiation of thread. Chrysler Dealer refurbished them under warranty, but I had to [non-permissible content removed] loads before they did. Any wheel repair shop should be able to turn and refinish them. Also, had wheel weights put on the inside of the rim, for the lead weights corrode the finish and start chapping. So far after a year of cold and salt roads, all is okay. Seal the tiree beads also. Good luck.
  • My 2005 rims neede returning at about 48,000 klms. All tires were apparently sparated. A chrysler service tech told me cheap cars, cheap tires. Wheel repairs and turning is about 200 bucks apiece canadian. Warrenty paid for the rims, but if you must, buy your tires elswhere. wayne
  • Sorry,Brother.
    You have the pothole blues...
    It seems as tho Our friends at Goodyear,have made these low profile,tires
    today with[soft sidewalls]so we can get what the folks at Chrysler.
    Make us think we have a very good handling car.
    The 2001/02 cruisers,had a sway bar for this,in the cost cutting.
    It was left off the rest of the fleet-03-and up.
    If all you want to fix the problem[after buying a new pair of tires]
    go to any junk yard and ask to look over any smashed ones.
    Find a 01 - or -02 get the swaybar for less than a new pair of shoes.

    And the tire problem,Goodyear came out with a new tire with kevlar,on
    the sidewalls[for as my wife puts it ";she can rub the curb now.' oh boy.

    So i got me a Dream series2 with all the factory toys....
    hope this helps your problem..
  • Sorry you listen to the tech's
    My CRUSIER,is not cheap or the tires or rims.The leaking is due to the flacking off of chrome on the wheels,get a tire company[Discount] and they can help you fix your problem for nothing,by wirebrushing your rims before putting on your
  • Providing disc brakes are the same diameter as the 2001, a 15" wheel should fit with no clearance problems.
    If I felt like spending the money I'd go to 15s on my wife's car. 195.65.15 is the correct 15" size, they have a taller sidewall than the 205.55.16 that are on there now. I'd get replacement wheels at Tire Rack or similar.
  • My 2002 PT GT with the chrome, low profile, high performance, high price tires has me at wit's end. I had to fill them at least every week and was replacing tires (all 4) every year, as well as numerous trips to the Goodyear store to grind and seal the rims. I finally gave up and got a nice new Nissan Altima hybrid this March and planned to sell the PT.
    :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick:
    I got my PT detailed in preparation to sell it. After returning from a 2 week vacation, 3 of the tires were flat. I called a new (to me) mechanic and had the car towed there. They are grinding and sealing the rims. They told me my tires have dry rot, which I had never heard of. They are all less than a year old, but I learned that maybe the dressing that the detailer put on them caused that.

    Assuming that I will have to replace many of these tires, if I just give up on the chrome wheels and go with a smaller, pothole friendly, normal tire and wheel, what size do I choose? How much do they cost?

    I want to sell this car. It is too bad. I love the look, the performance and the handling.
  • Are those the 17" wheels?

    No matter, really. Goodyear is about the last place I'd go for anything other than their gumball machine in the lobby.
    "Dry rot" at one year old is almost surely a lie designed to take advantage of you and sell you a complete set of new wheels and tires. Putting tire shine on new tires will not dry rot them.

    As for "grinding and sealing" the rims, I've never heard of that in my many years in automotivedom. If they've done it more than once, I'd say it's another con job that extracts $$ rather than solves the problem, since GY's solution seems to be to do the same thing again.

    Everyone, including you, should keep a couple of tire pumps around. You can get a plug-in for 10 or 15 bucks. I personally use a high volume bicycle pump, it's good exercise and it motivates me to check tires occasionally.

    Time for a new tire shop, and frankly that's a crapshoot since many of them know little about anything, other than selling expensive wheels and tires and keeping their parole officers off their backs. They definitely don't know much about tires.
    Don't be surprised, most car salesmen know almost nothing about cars, either. They know about financing and how to attempt to lead you down the road to a sale...what do I need to do to get you in this car today?

    We have a 2001 PT that has given great service for 60,000 miles and has spent many a-winter in a salty environment. We've had to replace one 16" chrome rim because of pothole damage. We've never had to "grind and seal" anything and again, IMO that sounds like Grade A baloney.

    1.) First I'd check with two or three Chrysler or Dodge dealers regarding wheel problems. DO NOT let them sell you wheels, tires, or a grind job. It is remotely possible the factory will give you some help with chronic air-loss problems. Remotely.

    2.) Then I'd ask around for a reputable tire store. Good luck. I went to one specialty store for new tire mounting and balancing and they couldn't even get the pressure right, all four were well above 32 and there was no consistency to boot.

    I've finally settled on the local Wal Mart for my mount and balance. They have a lifetime balance deal which I've used because occasionally tires will come off balance and it's hard to tell which one it is. They hand torque the wheels, they actually check and adjust the air pressure, and they give an 8 x 11" page readout of what they did including lug nut torque and tire pressure. More than can be said for many tire shops.

    If for some reason you have to replace a wheel or four, I'd check ebay and other sources. If you have 17" wheels, you can likely step down to 16" jobs which are less expensive and so are the tires.

    3.) Finally, check Tire Rack, Treadepot, Discount Tire Direct, etc. if you're OK with mail order tires. TiRak is a good site to do extensive research, they have a lot of customer feedback if you look around. They can sell you a quality wheel-tire combo, but do not let them talk you into huge costs.
    Most of the TiRak folks I've spoken with or emailed have a script they go by and they don't go off script often. However, you can do far better there than at Goodyear, I'd bet 100 bucks on that and I'm not a gambler.

    We love our PT and have had only routine maintenance issues so far. At this point we're probably looking at a new timing belt, but that's SOP for overhead cam engines. Otherwise, PT will probably go to one of the heirs.

    Good luck, sorry you've had such a runaround but IMO a large part of that is returning to the same GY store which can never solve the problem but continues to charge you for something that apparently doesn't do much but cost money. Good deal for them.
  • My 2002 PT was undergoing constant failures of rims. It's not that unexpected. My tire dealer grinds the rims because the wheels deteriorate (flaking), and the air escapes. It is onstant and bothers the hell out of me. You've got to replace two or four of the wheels/tires to make some headway. I finally junked the Cruiser and bought a new Scion xB that offers no trouble. Thanks to Toyota and boo to Chrysler.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    My 2002 PT GT with the chrome, low profile, high performance, high price tires has me at wit's end.

    Are you sure about the year? I don't think the GT was introduced until the 2003 MY.

    Anyway, we have a 2003 GT with the low profile chrome wheels. We've had all 4 wheels sanded down and sealer put around them by Midas. That has helped a bit but they say one wheel is too far deteriorated and it keeps leaking air. It hasn't bugged my wife enough to sell the car but she's looking at some aftermarket polished aluminum wheels at around $110/ea from Discount Tire Direct to permanently fix the problem.
  • please call me if you want to sell your factory wheels[817-713-8192]i would like 1 for a spare..i keep a 17 spare but it is not afactory wheel...
  • You are right.. I lost track of time ;D It was the dead of winter in 2002 when I bought the first PT GT this dealer had ever sold. But the model was a 2003.
  • I have decided to sell it with the factory wheels on, but I will pass along your info to the buyer. What state arer you in?

    1 of my 4 wheels is good because I got a new factory wheel and tire about a year ago. That is the only one that didn't leak lol.
  • thanks everyone for all the good advice on my chrome wheels. The new mechanic advised selling the car as is instead of replacing the wheels. That way, he said the buyer could decide what to do , and I would sell it :"factory". I would have bought the cheapest wheels and tires I could just to sell. The buyer might want other wheels. Made sense to me.

    So far, so good. 4 days. I am still skeptical of the whole tire rot thing. I didin't see any disintegration of the rubber. And they told me I needed new brakes front and rear, which I also declined. There isn't any noise or anything.

    New mechanic said the same thing as the old mechanic - that those chrome wheels can really pit around the tire seal and leak air. That sounded legit to me.

    Anyway.. thank you ALL! What a nice helpful bunch of people. :)
  • Great Question !!!!! I have the 2002 Liminted Edition. I had 3 of my rims - chrome w/dimples, that leaked, got dented or split. I just found that the tire and rims are just too damn flimsy. So, for now I just got my snow tires and steel rims put on for the winter. I know that they will keep me safe, and the steel rims are sturdy enough, that I wont have to keep putting air in my tires and stress about it anymore !!! I dont ever want to be bothered with those flimsy chrome rims again. They look great, but I dont want to suffer to be beautiful !!! It seems to be a very, very common problem with 'our' cruisers. Hopefully, the newer models will have evolved away from the flimsy chrome rims. Any suggestions of what rims/wheels I should get in the spring... or should I just get wheel covers?
  • Don't stress about this. Any wheels that aren't the flimsy chrome ones that Chrysler supplied should work for you. It was the chrome that kept flaking off my wheels that gave me the problems that drove me crazy. Interestingly enough, other sturdier chrome wheels might do the trick.
  • Well, thanks for the encouragement. I'm definately going to have to make a decision about what to get to replace those flimsy ones... but that, I wont have to do until the Spring, as I have my sturdy steel winter tires/rims on now (all though not the most attactive).... Do you have any specific suggestions for what would look good on my 2002 Pt Cruiser LE - that is a reasonable price?
  • I live in Connecticut and I purchased winter tires last year. They were goodrich tires and I had done some homework and they seemed to be good, but they arent. I cant get good traction and i'm slip sliding around in the winter. Can anyone tell me what a good tire would be for winter? I have two small children and need to be able to get around in the winter time.
  • This fourm dates from 2006. Does anyone notice a pattern. Some domestic automakers have an issue with quality. Corrosion on cast aluminum wheels has been an ongoing battle for many years. "chrome" plating seems to make the issue worse. Steel wheels hold up better in corrosive environments. although steel has rust problems. We are going to purchase new rims & tires for our cruiser. Still trying to decide if they will be steel or cast.
  • Please save yourself the trouble and expense: don't get chrome/cast wheels for your PT Cruiser. There is some wiggle room here, however, as it is the original-equipment CHRYSLER cast wheels that suck while other after-market wheels may hold up better. Good luck!!
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    I always used Bridgestone Blizzaks when I lived up north. They are very good snow and ice tires. Good luck.
  • laurebellelaurebelle Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    I am currently on my 2nd PT Cruiser, a 2006 Signature Model, the previous was a 2002.

    The 2002 model had multiple issues with the wheels and steering wheel, the tires were always deflating. And after a few years of frequent rotations and constantly putting air in them (they were checked for leaks, none were found--in the tires anyway), I started having a non-stop shimmy in the steering wheel. I took it into Dealer to look at, they made some repair to the steering--including adding their (proprietary) steering fluid, and sent me on my way. Still had shimmy, so I took it back. They could not figure out what to do to make it go away, short of replacing all of the tires and 'seeing' if that would work.

    I had an upcoming road trip, had been admiring the new 2006 models, which had new interior design, and seemed more solid with less road noise... I ended up buying a new PT, after a deal was struck that would give me the trade-in and 4 year payment plan I wanted.

    However, I am still having to air up my tires on this new one too. Unfortunately, into my 4th year of driving this car, my steering wheel has started doing the shimmy as well.

    I have owned about 7 cars in my life, two of them bought new and drove 10'ish years, and NEVER did I have to constantly air up the tires, and/or replace the tires every 20,000'ish miles. I never had any issues with steering like this before either... Also, no one else I know, has had to deal with these issues on their vehicles. Tires are checked when rotated and/or oil is changed, and that's the norm. But not with PT Cruisers.

    I love this car, and would probably drive PT's till my dying day, but this 2006 will be my last, unless I (or Chrysler?) can find a solution to the tire/steering wheel problem that doesn't involve replacing the wheels and/or tires, as is recommended in this thread.

    This Edmunds thread was started in 2006, to discuss this wheel issue. Individuals report this same problem back to the 2001 models. It is now 2010 and here I am, googling "PT Cruiser Wheel Issues", and discovering that it is an on-going problem that has YET to be resolved going on 10 years...

    If anyone has found a simple solution to this problem and would care to share, I would really appreciate it! :mad:
  • The problem I had with my 2002 PT Cruiser, was the chrome rims. They look great, but are not at at sturdy enough for even just simple driving around town. I took them all off and replace them with standard rims. It's fine now. I haven't had any trouble with the 'shimmy' of the stearing wheel, but that may be due to the fact that I have steel rims now. I dont know about the newer PT Cruisers, as I am still driving my 2002!
  • I have 2002PT Cruiser Limited Edition. Black with lt. purple flames. I was in an accident and the entire left side of my car was damaged. I love my car, I had the repairs and replacements done, doors, bumper.. Now, I need to get that side of the flames replaced. Does anyone know what or how I can get them at a good price? Also, I have taken my chome rims off they were cracking and peels and caused me too much problems. I have now got my standard rims and snow tires on my PT Cruiser. Now that it is spring, I want to start to Spruce up my Cruiser, I need to know if anyone can suggest what to do re: tires/rims that will look really great on my Cruiser and will not be too expensive. Any suggestions will be really appreciated. Thanks!
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    I have a 2007 PT Cruiser Convertible with alloy rims. Bought the car last year with 5,500 miles on it. Now have over 13,000 miles. Knock on wood, no problems with the rims or tire deflation.
  • I am having the same problem, I cant afford to replace all 4 rims, but have to monitor my tires weekly to make sure I have the correct air pressure. I just purchased new good year tires and had the rims sanded and sealed to the tires, but still have issues. Unfortunately Chrysler has a problem and is not doing anything about it. I just hit a big pothole and bent two rims, found one for $150 and looking for a second one. Does anyone have a decent one for sale that has little or no erosion until I get the funds to replace all the rims.
  • kronykrony Posts: 110
    My '06 Limited has 43,000...the original 205/55R16 89T M+S Goodyear Eagle LS's were shot and never had much grip as the compound was rock hard.

    Went a little wider with 225/50R16 92V SL BSW Goodyear Eagle GT's on my stock rims...same rolling radius as the originals but much better look and grip both in the wet and dry...excited to see how they do in the snow. Goodyear store even matched the $95/tire price of
  • Recently purchased 2006 base model with 55K on it, just had panel damage kind of fixed. Probable cause, the bargain tyres that were newly fitted. My first job was change the tyres, would like nice wheels but budget not so good so staying with steel at present. I had Falkens on a Toyota two door coupe in Australia some time ago and they were fast and sticky and after checking several reviews on Edmunds and some other car sites I went for the Falken ZE912 with nitrogen fill. Got em from Pueblo Service in MacAllen, TX, not the best price but makes the service guys smile and come with warrenty and nitrogen fills for life. Spend extra and do the alignment too!
    They are great tyres so far, put on 5000mile in six weeks, nice and quiet with even wear. I had a noticeable increase in noise at about 1600mile on my recent trip and realised it wasnt tyres wearing in it was the change in road composition as I crossed through states from South Texas to Dakota.
    I will update as time goes by but these Falkens are good in the noise and grip department, even went well in some snow and ice through Arizona with little noticeable change in road handling. Still be cautious though.
  • re_tiredre_tired Posts: 1
    '05 PT Cruiser: We are now in our 29+days of 104 average daily temp...what psi should I be running in my tires?
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