Originally Posted by BlueFocusSE5
In a pinch, you can always get one tire to replace the tire that is the incorrect size. That's certainly far better than having mismatched tire sizes, as that can be unsafe. If the other three tires on the car are all the same size and the same brand and model, then just purchase one tire to match those other three. Keep in mind too that tires can differ in their speed ratings. There is a P195/60R-15 with an S, T, H and V speed rating. The size of the tire is the same between the different speed ratings, but the handling can be very much different between them. So make sure the speed rating of the one new tire matches the other three as well. In the P195/60R-15 size for your car, the speed rating is supposed to be a T. This will be found on the sidewall of the tire and it will read like this --> P195/60R-15 87T. Look at your tires and see. The 87 is the load index of the tire, which just indicates the safe load carrying capacity in pounds the tire will carry.
To check the original equipment size and speed rating tire for your car, I went to http://www.TireRack.com
,looked up your 2008 Ford Focus SES and made an interesting discovery; according to their tire guide, your car is supposed to have a P205/50R-16 tire size and it is the SE and S models of that year that are supposed to come with the P195/60R15 size that is on your SES now. Something seems to be amiss here.
With you buying the car used, it is possible that someone switched the rim sizes so they could install the smaller and less expensive tire size, (about 45% lower in price). To verify if this is what has happened and your car has the wrong size tires on it, look for the tire placard for your car, which is a small, square, gray or white decal about the size of the palm of your hand. The tire placard will list the size of the tires that are supposed to be on your car, as well as the air pressures they should be inflated to. The tire placard is usually located on the end of the drivers door, near the latch. It can also be on the end of any of the other doors, on the back of the glove box door, on the underside of the trunk/hatch lid or on the back of the fuel filler door. If that tire placard says the car is supposed to have the P205/50R-16 tire size, someone took off the correct size tires and rims from your car.
Let me know what you find out.
You are correct! My wheel size should indeed be P205/50R-16! I actually already knew this when I purchased the car. You see, my car was mildly wrecked and it had fender and wheel damage so the original 16IN Snowflakes that came on the car from the factory were ruined -- So the guy who I purchased the car from put the 195/60R-15 on it as a replacement. So, fortunately it was no secret that the wheels were different than they originally were. Judging by how long I've known the man I bought the rebuilt car from, he probably didn't notice that the tire he put on the rear was a 65R instead of a 60R. I could probably take it to him today and show him and he would most likely give me another tire, but I don't want to bother him because he has done so much for me at no cost for this car that I haven't posted about (new axels, new rack and pinion, suspension work, getting the squeak out of my brakes, etc). I didn't even have to pay him for those parts since he feels he is responsible since he sold me the car (he owns a body shop so rebuilding, fixing and painting cars is what he does for a living). I think I can spring for the tire to match the other three. And thanks for letting me know about the speed rating! I had no idea what that was about on the tire. I'm gonna check that out today when I get back home. And pretty soon, I am planning on ordering some aftermarket 16IN wheels for her and all new tires anyhow from Tire Rack (: I am quite excited about making this purchase. That's why I am glad I am glad my other tires are in good shape and I only have to replace the one mismatched tire since I am about to take them all off for new stuff anyhow. Soon, I will be running the factory size again! But my car is completely capable of running the 15IN -- The S and SE models were just lower-end models that came with those. My SES pretty much just offered them as a luxury with the increased price :p But I didn't give anywhere near normal value for my car at the time. When I bought it, it had 94K miles on it and I only gave $7500. For what little I have had to pay to have fixed, I'd say I got a pretty good deal on her. But like I said, I got some work to do, starting with having my matching tire put on tomorrow!