This time of year always brings concerns about winter-tire sizing. Some samples:
1) I bought winter tires for a Honda Fit this past year, but now I have a new Honda Civic LX four-door automobile; can I use the tires on this vehicle? — Kathy
You have not indicated what year/model your Fit was, Kathy, but I will assume a common late-2000s Honda Fit tire size of P175/65R16. Your new car uses P215/55R16. The Civic’s overall tire diameter is 642 mm and the Fit’s is 609 mm. This 33-mm gap is well above the 3 percent allowed variance allowed, sadly making the Honda Fit’s tires not usable on your Civic.
2) My question is about downsizing from 19 inches in my Acura 2014 RLX to 18-inch rims and snow tires. — Tom
You certainly can. Your version RLX features P245/40R19 tires and the base-model sibling employs P245/45R18. There should be a lot of 18-inch steel rims and a huge array of attractive aluminum products available for that program in the aftermarket or from your local Acura dealer.
3) I am trying to downsize my tires for winter. I’ve 205/50R16 all-seasons. What size can I return to for winters? — Linda
Although it’s unlikely that there’ll be a issue, be certain to first check your vehicle can accommodate a 15-inch rim. The nearest size could be a P195/60R15.
Lou Trottier is owner-operator of All About Imports in Mississauga. Have a question about repair and maintenance? E-mail , putting “Lou’s Garage” in the topic area.
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