Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Advice for winter tires

asked by on

Stock tires for my car are 205 55r16 size tires. Im wondering if 205 55r17 will fit my car. My car is also 4 wheel ralliart lancer. If so, what are some of the best of the best high quality winter tires. I know that michelin x-ice xi3 tires are really good winter tires but they dont sell in my car size. I need some recommendations. Also, if i just got two winter tires and put one in the front and one in the back, would it larger prevent my car from slipping. I know that it wont be as good as 4 good tires but im wondering if that idea of one tires in the back and front are winter tires, would it be healthy for my car or if i intend to get only two tires, should i just put the two in the back or the front, which would be best. I'm just trying to prevent slipping in the snow as much as possible.

My car has 132000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

205/55R17 may be too tall for your vehicle. A couple of good sources to check size compatibility for your vehicle would be tirerack.com or maybe discounttire.com. Sites like Tire Rack specialize in winter tire packages and is a good source for fitment options. I have personally used Bridgestone and Dunlop snow tires and would recommend either. However, it is highly recommended that winter tires be mounted at all 4 corners. Having different tires with different capabilities not only makes the vehicle unstable, it will effect systems like the anti-lock brakes and traction control. Winter tires perform much better than summer or all-season tires do in ice and snow conditions. Having two tires with good winter traction and two with poor traction will have the anti-lock brake system working overtime. Also, sticking with a smaller tire for winter use is advisable. For ice and snow driving, you want the opposite for summer driving. Wide, low profile tires improve warm, dry weather driving. Tall, narrow, tires provide better control on snow and ice. Consider keeping your stock 16 inch wheels for winter use with winter tires mounted on them and maybe a nice set of 17 inch wheels and tires for summer use. I’ve done that with nearly every vehicle I’ve owned whether front, rear, or all-wheel drive.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My headlights wil not come on

The headlight sockets need to be checked for any heat damage. If the connectors look discolored or deformed from the heat of the bulb then you will need to replace the headlight sockets. They will overheat and the connection inside...

Q: Transmission overheating

Hi. The transmission temperature message pops up on your control panel when the powertrain control module (PCM) has detected excessive transmission fluid temperature. This is a warning to the driver as extreme temperatures can damage the transmission. Transmission temperatures can...

Q: Cooling Fans

Most Vehicles now have 2 separate cooling fans. One cooling fan is intended to come on when the engine reaches a certain temperature. The other cooling fan is intended to come on when the air conditioning is turned on. When...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...