Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 21:05:05 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: replacement tire question

If you hit the pothole hard enough to destroy the tire, was the rim damaged or bent? Hopefully the tire store checked that out for you. Congratulations! You did one thing right, matched the tires on the front. As for having different tires on the back versus the front, you might get lucky and not experience any strange handling. I would suspect if you stuck to the speed limit, accelerated slowly, and did not push the car hard around turns, especially when it is wet, you might be all right. Ideally, you should have the same V speed rated tires on all four corners, in the same condition. Since the car is less than a year old and worth considerably more than the cost of two tires, I would match all four tires - put new Bridgestones on the back or better yet put new V rated Pirellis all around as soon as you can. Most tire shops will order the tires and get them in a week or so. I am somewhat surprised the tire shop put the new tires on the front of a front wheel drive car. Most insist on putting the new tires on the back since most drivers can control a front wheel slide better than a rear wheel slide. Ron H wrote: > I have a 2002 Saab 93 SE, > My car curretnly has 16,000 miles on it. Yesterday I hit a bad pothole, and > it destroyed one of my > front tires. > The car came w/ Pirelli p6000 Sport Veloce P205/55 R16 91-V speed rated > tires. > > So off top the tire store this morning, no-one stocks the Pirelli's. So me, > noing nothing about tires, > went to the local tire-superstore place. and got fitted w/ 2 new front tires > ( I wanted too match up the pair) > > My question is, The salesman sold me Bridgestone Potanza RE950 P205/55 R16.. > BUT...they are > H rated , NOT V's like the Pirelli's. H rated is one less than V > > Does this matter??? > > Ron > Ronhjrnopsamcom

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