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#1 (permalink) Old 03-22-2009, 01:29 PM
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2002 RAV4 Tires ...Please Help =)

Hi !
My daughter's dad bought our daughter a 2002 RAV4 4x4.
It need 4 new tires ....
I was just a little confused on the correct tire size for the car ..

The sticker inside the car says " 235/60r/16 "

However, when I have been looking online, and calling tire stores for prices of tires, they are telling me that the tire specs are : " 215/70/16 " and they are questioning me if I have the size correct ? And are telling me I have to get the 215/70/16

Does anyone by chance know about this, and if so, could you help advise me on what size tire to get ( any recommendations on a good tire for this car would be appreciated too )


I do not know much about cars, or what these different numbers mean.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide me

~Dixie
 
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Hi Dixie, The tire shop is partially right by saying 215/70/16 will fit the car but, are totally incorrect by saying you have to purchase that size tire. Your daughter’s RAV came with the optional tire size of 235/60R/16 which is indicated on its sticker. I believe most, if not all 4x4 RAV’s came with this size tire. The 2wd and/or base models came with smaller size tires. I would stick with its OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tire size indicated on the car.

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I have 235/65/R16's on my car and I love them. Runs perfectly fine with those dimensions and handles a lot better than the 215's did.

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Re: 2002 RAV4 Tires ...Please Help =)

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Does anyone by chance know about this, and if so, could you help advise me on what size tire to get ( any recommendations on a good tire for this car would be appreciated too ) ~Dixie
Hi Dixie, & Welcome to R4W

RE: Tires,

The area you drive in will determine what would be the best tires.

What state do you live in, and does your Daughter do city driving and
or dirt/gravel road.?

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thank you !

Hi all, and Thank you SO much for the (quick) replies,help, and warm welcome !!
I am so happy that I found this web site !!
I know where to go now for all my Rav4 questions !! This is GREAT !!

We live in IL. And this is going to be my daughter's first car ( she actually has not even "gotten" her license yet, we are still practicing on the permit).

Her dad got this car at an auction, and the tires on it now are dry rotted ( I think thats what they call it)

I didn't even think to look at the tires that are on there now to get the tire #'s



I just looked, and it has 235/16/60 ... so I guess that would be the best to stay with ?

Being that this is going to be my daughter's car, I wanted to find a very safe tire ( for the lovely weather we get here in Chicago) but trying not to spend a small fortune.

I was not sure if as like in so many things, we " pay more for the name brand " was also true in tires.
That's why I was asking if by chance anyone knew of a good, safe tire, but may be an "off brand".

Thank you ALL again SO much for all your help ! It is really appreciated !!

Thank you again !

Dixie
 
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Wrote that wrong

I was just reading my post, I wrote the tire size wrong ...

it is 235/60/16

sorry about that and thank you again.
 
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Dixie there's 2 good options,

#1 Absolute Safest Option (like I have)

Aggressive Winter tire for Winter



and a smooth summer tire.


Costs more, you'll need 2 sets of rims & changing 2X's per year.

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#2 The closest alternative. Much safer than all seasons in that size.

Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S, Truck/SUV tire, An All-Terrain tire can be driven in summer and will give you as good traction in the Snow as a Snow tire.


Feel Free to ask more questions,,

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S, Truck/SUV tire, An All-Terrain tire can be driven in summer and will give you as good traction in the Snow as a Snow tire.


Feel Free to ask more questions,,

Cheers, Walt
Walt,
Thank you SOSO SO SO much for the tire recommendations, even with pictures !!

I am going to Google them now, and see what I can find.

I will follow up and let you know.

Thank you again SO much, you have provided more help than I ever could have asked for !!

I am really looking forward to getting the tires, and getting the car going


The RAV4's are SO nice !! ( My daughter's car is MUCH better than my car ) but i am really happy for her also. She is a good kid, and deserves a great car.

Thank you also for the offer for me to ask any other questions ... I'm sure many more will come up once we start getting it rolling

I can't wait to get her on the road !!!

Thank you again SO much for all your help !!

Dixie
 
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Dixie RAV's were only made for good people :P

Here's are 2 sites i've already linked you to
230/60/16 size page for All season & A/T tires.
1010 Tires
http://www.1010tires.com/tiresearch.asp?submit=yes

And TireRack
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Compar...AT&RunFlat=All

The RAV 235's tires Load Rating is 100. If it is not available and the RAV
isn't carrying heavy,heavy loads then you can use 99.
However I prefer 100 or more.

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Wow, as the proud new owner of a 2004 RAV4, I'm happy to have found this site and this thread. Is the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S, Truck/SUV tire the best choice if I live in Los Angeles?

Thanks!
 
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