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Old 07-31-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

The tire shop I just went to for rear replacement tires and an alignment gave me 70R14s instead of stock 65R14s (I had the right size on all 4).

Should I take the car back and demand the right size tires, or not worry about it and just make sure I keep the same sizes on the same axles in the future?

I'm mostly worried about odometer readings, not so much cornering performance.

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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

175/70R14 (steel only)
185/65R14 (steel only)
185/65R15 (alloy or steel rims)
195/60R15 (alloy only)
^ Stock size's & rim type. If they downgraded from a 185/65 to a 175/70 then I'd be flipping out, otherwise it just means a 60mph reading on the speedometer is actually 62mph (assuming they kept the 185 width). Probably not a big deal if the latter is what happened.
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

The door jamb states 185/65R14. The fronts are 185/65R14, the (new) rear tires are 185/70R14.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

There is a 15" steel rim and the 195/60R15 fit fine as the steel and alloy rim is the same width.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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There is a 15" steel rim and the 195/60R15 fit fine as the steel and alloy rim is the same width.
Yes there is, I have 4 of them on my car with 195/60R15's mounted on them with no problem.
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

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The door jamb states 185/65R14. The fronts are 185/65R14, the (new) rear tires are 185/70R14.
Basic response is go back and tell then they did not install the correct size for the car.

What size tire was on the work order that you signed for the work?

The car door jamb calls for a certain size and this is what they should be putting on. Especially if they pulled off the correct size and installed the wrong size.



At some point there are legal liabilities involved in putting on the incorrect tires.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

The work order had the correct size listed. The correct size tires are the tires I paid for.

Thanks for the advice, I'll go back ASAP.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #8
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

just my opinion, I'd be real annoyed that they took upon themselves to put different size tires on the back than what was on the front-that would affect ABS (if you have it), and change the rake of the car which might have an affect on handling too. No matter what, it sounds like they had a couple of old tires in stock that they thought they could dump on you. Probably thought you wouldn't notice, and that would affect rotation (moving the TALLER tires to the front???), and would even affect future purchase, you'd be compelled to put the same size when replacing the fronts. Not cool...
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

This happened to me several years ago at a wal-mart. I bought a Goodrich tire and they took it apon their self to install a Dean tire because they were out of stock on the tires I bought!

Then I had to argue to get them off. Even store manager!
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:12 PM   #10
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

I went back early this morning and informed them of the mistake. They handled it and apologized, but I still will not be going to that particular place again. If I were the type to complain, I probably could have coerced them to replace all 4 tires because I had to come back out. Oh well, all is well that ends well.

The only things I need from mechanics are normally inspection and alignment, so my visits are few and far between.

Thanks for the replies, and check mechanic work before you leave the shop!
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:23 PM   #11
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I'm glad you got it taken care of!
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:06 PM   #12
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

Reminds me of the time a Pep Boys shop mounted 3 different sized tires on a car my Wife owned.
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Default Re: Shop replaced tires with different sidewall sizes.

I may be able to figure out where you went but I won't say. A lot of times the mechanics don't double check part numbers, tire sizes, etc. When I was a Service Manager, I would double check the parts before I gave them to the mechanics ESPECIALLY tires. The customer assumes that the shop is doing everything right and you should always double check what you can as well as your bill. Glad it worked out for you!
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