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Toyota Camry Hybrid Tire/Wheel Questions



  • tima1tima1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Camry Hybrid with 61,000 miles. I am going on my third (3rd) set of tires this week. The problem is cupping of all 4 tires at the same time within 25k-30k miles. I have discussed with my dealer and they said i did not rotate/balance enough. I did this maintenance work every time i changed my oil. I have the receipts to show and dealer still blamed me. I have had suspension system checked and have done alignments. Still the second set of tires cupped (all 4) after 25k miles. First set of tires was stock - Second set are GoodYear - not sure what to try next
  • saz25saz25 Posts: 152
    I have a 2009 TCH that I bought in July. It now has about 6500 miles and just today has seen its first snow. I don't like how it handles in the snow, thus I'm considering 4 snow tires.

    I did the same thing to my Volvo and it was great. Without snow, it was scary to drive. With 4 snows its a pleasure.

    My questions are:
    What snow tires to most people put on the 2009 TCH?

    What considerations or concerns do I need to be aware of concerning the tire pressure sensors? Do I need to get them on the snows as well or can they be disabled when I have snow tires? How do people handle this?

  • rpmrpm Posts: 9
    I have blizzaks (on dedicated alloy wheels) on all 4 corners. had them on our 2007, and now have them on the 2009. the camry is great on ice and snow with Blizzaks. you should definitely get snows...your OEM tires are resting when the snows are on, so the snows don't really cost you anything. is a great place to search, and to buy as well. you can save a few $ if you can find steel wheels for your snows instead of alloys. I swap them on and off myself, but if you buy them locally, the tire shop might do it for free for you.

    If you buy snow tires only, and have them swapped onto your OEM wheels each spring and fall, then your existing TPMS stay in the wheels and continue to function. you'll have to reset them each sway, though, but it's an easy process. doing this means you have to pay for rebalancing 2x year; not worth it, to me.

    You can get tpms sensors if you buy dedicated wheels, but they are pricey. I didn't bother. The light flashes at first, but then stays on solid all the time. easy to ignore.
  • saz25saz25 Posts: 152
    Hi, thanks for the reply.
    Where exactly is the tire pressure monitoring system? Is it in the valve stem on each tire?

    I'd like to continue to use it when I get snow tires.
  • rpmrpm Posts: 9
    don't know. I think it varies with different manufacturers. It might be mounted to the inside wheel flange. I believe it's difficult to move them...better to buy another set if you really want them on the snows too. I seem to recall tirerack wanted a few hundred dollars just for the sensors. You might be best off just using your existing wheels/sensors, and mounting and balancing the snows each season.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Know that this reply is a bit late but if it helps somebody... Got my 2007 with the recommended Michelins and I changed them at around 45,000 miles for another pair of Michelins. Have the tires rotated every oil change and drive 100 miles a day to and from work. Like the ride, traction and wear on them.
  • What type of Michelin's?
  • bill_wbill_w Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid with Firestone tires. I'll be lucky to get 20,000 miles out of them. My car is well maintained and I regularly check the tire pressure, which is set at 32 psi per manufactuer recomendations. No alignment problems. The car is basically local to and from work and not driven hard. I understand the Michelin tires will go about 45,000.
  • jollesuejollesue Posts: 1
    I had a 2007 tch and the tires were gone at13,000 miles, now I have a 2009 and the first set of tires is gone at 15,000. The dealer blamed me for bad rotataion. Documented not true. Then I must have thown out of alignment. Tires were wearing to inside at the first rotation. Did they not beef up the suspension to accomadate the heavy batteries??
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    The OEM tires on the TCH are generally pretty sucky. I got 37K out of mine but I ran them low on tread.

    I got some Yokohama YK520 from Discount Tire and they have been great. Quieter, and the mileage had not been affected.
  • I think you should go and change your dealer. If you show on your receipt that you paid for oil change with tire rotation and balance, then they are not doing a good job. All they want is to make money. So if you are concerned a little bit with your tires, they will try to milk it and have you change it. By the way. I have a Toyota Camry Hyrbid 2007 as well. I bought in in Feb. 2007. its now july 25, 2009. 76,000 miles. still using factory tires.
  • jra51jra51 Posts: 3
    I need to replace the tires on my 2009 camery Hybrid after 27000 miles. The Bridgestones offered a great ride but lasted only 27000 miles.
    I am sure this is a common issue with these tires any suggestions as what to replace with and do I need to continue with the "V" rating
  • mirspotmirspot Posts: 15
    yup...unfortunately, it is a common issue .... doesn't seem like Toyota cares...I replaced mine after 18 months (at 26K miles) on my 2007 hybrid....after quite a bit of research I went with the Michelin Pilot Exalto (H-rated) and I'm glad I did ... great performance so far on Chicago (tire-testing) roads. I did look at Michelin Primacy and Yokohama (I have only used Yokohama on my 10-year old Acura and love them).

    I'd say pick a couple based on some initial research, then compare them more thoroughly (based on user feedback) and roll with one. +A/S&partnum=16HR6EXAS
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    When my crappy OEM tires expired at 37,420, I went with Yokohama YK520 from Discount Tire and I like them a lot.
  • jra51jra51 Posts: 3
    I am consicering the pilot h rated How long have you had them how are they wearing how is the ride and most important how is the gas millage Did it go up stat the same or down I must say the ride on the original oem was good they just did not last
  • jra51jra51 Posts: 3
    How has your gas millage been How many miles have you put on them and How about the ride.
  • Sorry for the delay....

    These Michelin Exaltos have been quite good ... I have ~33K on them now and they seem to be wearing quite miserly :) ... next time I go back to discount tire for a rotation/balancing, I'll ask for an "official" check but I think they have AT LEAST 30K more in them. The ride has been smooth and the gas mileage..well, I believe it has improved ... last summer I hit 42 MPG a few times while I was struggling to hit 38/39 earlier. You could argue, that probably I've gotten better at driving it but I don't think so. As for the noise, I could comment better if the interior of my car would stop rattling for a second ;) ... I hate it from the beginning.. taken it many times to the dealer but they never gave a crap..always thought it was in my head. My ancient Acura is ton more shock absorbant and smoother than my TCH... if Acura started making Hybrids (and in the neighborhood of Camry pricing ~5K) ... I'd switch in a heartbeat. Just my opinion!
  • Well, I have a 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid, took it in for the 30,000 mile service today and was informed that the tires were down to 3/32 and need to be replaced. The mileage was at about 30,018 (had the car just over 18 months). The tires were the Bridgestone and I ended up replacing them with Yokohama's that were about $110.00 each. I didn't pay too much attention to the tires when I bought the car to be honest, guess I just kind of assumed I might get 45 or 50k out of them, but that was obviously not the case. I believe the Yokohama's are guaranteed to last quite a bit longer. The 30,000 miles on the Toyota are fairly "easy" miles and the tires have been checked and rotated very 5,000 miles, pretty much like clock work. Based on what I have been reading online you can't expect much more than 30k out of the Bridgestone tires. I will contact Toyota and complain about it. I would have expected somewhat better from Toyota and I have had good luck with Toyota over all.
  • Got my TCH in 06/06 -- just buying new tires this week. Have 50,260 miles on P215/60R16 94V. Tires need to be replaced before snow.

    Have only sporadically rotated tires. Currently have best tread on front. Rear is pretty bare & will replace all 4. Had a recall on a steering rack so got car realigned at about 40 K. Prior to that did notice some pulling to left. Important to keep tires properly balanced -- had to rebalance a few times (threw some weights I guess.)

    Have followed tire pressure thread. Tend to run 33-35 psig in summer, and 32 psig in winter. Manual says 35 Psi to be used if running at > 100 mpg. I drive fast on trips and so use the higher pressure in summer, but reduce in winter for better traction.

    Traction in Snow -- Also have a 98 Infinity I-30 with 150 K miles and it is definitely much better in the snow. Live in Boston area and go to ski country. I-30 definitely better in snow. Seems like front end is "lighter" on TCH, with traction not quite as good as I-30 (a great car but only 22-24 mpg). Could be that I-30 with Dunlop Sport All Season Radials have better traction, but it feels like it is much more then just the tire. I-30 much heavier in front it seems.

    Any others with experience using tires in snowy region?

    Have been getting about 35 Mpg overall in summer, and 30-32 MPG in winter (due to car running longer to heat up and not shutting down at stop lights in winter). Have hit tanks of up to 40 MPG on trips -- especially in the mtns.

    Extremely pleased with Michelins and will go with same -- especially after reading other tire horror stories.

    This is an excellent site for info -- just found it and appreciate all of your input.
  • These tires are the original equipment on my 08 TCH and have served me just fine. I have 67,000 miles on them and they will probably be replaced by the time I hit 70,000. I drive roughly 600 miles per week in Atlanta traffic and get about 40 mpg. I would like to find tires that are much quieter but don't know if that is possible. The ride is good and they do fine in wet weather and dry. Never tried them in snow! I'm think about replacing them with the same or with Hankook Optimo 727--both pretty pricey. I'm eager to hear from anyone with experience with these or other tires.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    I just put my 3rd set of tires on my 2007 TCH with 71500 miles on it now.

    The original Bridgestone OEM tires were AWFUL and lasted only about 32K miles.

    I got some Yokohama YK520 tires, rated at 65K, and they lasted about 39K miles.

    I decided to step up in "class" and go with the high-dollar Michelins, since the tire store gave me a $68 per tire credit for the Yokohama tires.

    So far - VERY pleased with the Michelins.

    Nice, quiet, smooth ride and feel. Also unusually, I noticed a slight increase in MPG with the new tires, almost immediately. Very Odd, since new tires are softer and have "more rubber on the road" and that usually bogs down the MPG at first.

    It will be interesting to see if the MPG continues to go up as the tires harden with use and get less rubber on the road.

    All in all, these tires are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !! :shades:
  • basicinfobasicinfo Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me the difference between the Michelin Primacy MXV4 HR's and Energy's? Which one is better for all season use? :confuse:
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