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Old 12-11-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Hi,
I would appreciate any advice on the following:

I have a 2010 wrx hatchback (stock) and I needed to get all-season tires for a trip up north.

I ordered Continental ExtremeContact DWS 225/45/17. But when they came in they were actually 235/45/17 size instead.

The store said that tirerack was out of 225/45/17 (I double-checked this and they are on back order and pending delivery date) in our area and there is no known date of availability and I needed tires immediately (leave in three days).

So my question, is it really a problem to run 235/45/17? I know it is a wider and taller tire because I didn't drop the aspect ratio and I have read that this could potentially influence the speedometer, ABS, ... among other more important things like the transmission.

But is it something I should definitely change (as in get a different tire in 225/45/17) or will it not really make a difference? My concern is longevity of the car and I would rather get a tire that is the correct size than risk anything, but I want to make sure it is a risk first (since the tires are already on the car).

Again I would appreciate any advice from people with experience on this matter. I will call tirerack on monday to ask them, but I thought I would ask here first.

Thanks for all of the help,
k-pac
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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It won't hurt anything on the car. As you said, it will throw off the speedometer and odometer, but it's not a huge amount - about 1.5%. Your transmission and ABS won't care at all.

I find it a bit odd that the tire shop just took it upon themselves to put the "wrong" tires on your car. Just based on that alone I would tell them, OK, I'll go with these for now because I can't afford to not have my car right now. However, you guys need to get the tires that I actually ordered, and once they're in, you'll install them on your dime.

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Old 12-12-2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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It won't hurt anything on the car. As you said, it will throw off the speedometer and odometer, but it's not a huge amount - about 1.5%. Your transmission and ABS won't care at all.

I find it a bit odd that the tire shop just took it upon themselves to put the "wrong" tires on your car. Just based on that alone I would tell them, OK, I'll go with these for now because I can't afford to not have my car right now. However, you guys need to get the tires that I actually ordered, and once they're in, you'll install them on your dime.

Pat Olsen
this. shops doing stuff without the go-ahead of the owners (particularly when trying to bill them for it) is a big no-no in my book.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments.

Fortunately we got it resolved thanks to Tire Rack (the store ordered everything from tire rack) and I now have DWS 225/45/17.

Thanks again.
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