I’m kind of a dummy when it comes to automotive matters, so I was hoping someone here could help me out.
I was driving to an amusement park on Saturday and, well, long story short, my rear passenger’s side tire shredded on the interstate. I was relatively lucky, I guess, that it happened on the passenger’s side and that I was able to pull over to a wide shoulder and change to the spare in safety.
The bad part is that my car was packed and I had literally no space to put the shredded old tire. So I did what is arguably not the most moral thing and left it on the side of the road.
I have the temporary spare on there now, but of course I can’t stay on that thing for long. Since I left the old wheel on the side of the interstate, I’ll need a new wheel. I don’t really know how to shop for wheels.
Now I guess the safest thing to do in my situation would be to take it to a tire center and they can figure out the correct tire and wheel to replace it with. Still, if I can, it’d be nice to save some money by comparison shopping.
I’m not sure what type of wheel I need. I looked at the various markings on the good tires and got what I think was the tire size (It said 205/65 RIS). Then I took a tape measure and measured the diameter of the wheel. It came out to 16 inches.
So I found this web site, tirerack.com and did a search on my make and model, a 2002 Chrysler Sebring LX Convertible. It came back with these search results I noticed that a lot of those are not 16 inches, and a lot of those on tire size do not match the 205/65 RIS tire size from my tires. Is there any leeway on these wheels? I’m thinking no, and that it would be a bad idea to purchase any wheels other than 16 inch with a reccomended tire size of 205/65.
Of course, any kind of cost savings would probably be completely negated by shipping costs, so this could be a moot point in the end.