Should I go down to 16" or 15" rims? Will this effect the gas mileage?


Asked by Jul 11, 2014 at 04:49 AM about the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car has 17,000 miles, and 17" alloy rims. The front driver tire has 1 bulge, and the front passenger tire has 2 bulges!

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Just replace the current tires with a good name brand tire before they blow causing an accident to you or others and or leave you stranded. You might want to replace all 4 if you can. No need to go down a size. Since you only have 17K on them, they still might be under warranty. Check with your Hyundai dealer or local tire shop for help.


I was reading a similar thread, and it appears Elantra's with the 17" rim and low profile tires keep getting bulges and blowouts. So replacing with the same size tire will not fix the problem.


17 inch rims and tires have been used for a good number of years now, I'm with Tom on this, replace them with a good brand tires, quit scraping curbs and bumping into wheel stops and the problem will go away.

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I see the original equipment is either the Hankook Optimo or the Continential Contipro contact, which one do you have on your car? I looked briefly and other owners have had issues with the Hankook tires. I'd personally replace all four tires with Continential ExtremeContact DWS, or any Michelin. The car will feel new again.


This is a SERIOUS issue that I have had with my 2012 Hyundai Elantra, and my parents also have had with their 2013 Hyundai Elantra. After several attempts to resolve the issue, I can tell you to just go with the Continental tires and keep your tire/wheel size the same. We haven't had any issues with the new tires at all. We got the Continental ContiPro tires on both vehicles. No more "bubble" issues in the tires.


All of my tires had bulges with the hancook tires had to replace them all Hyundai and hancook warranties are crap. This was the worst winter for pot holes. If I have to go thru that again I am selling the car. I want new rims the Hyundai rims bend so easy. If anyone could give a suggestion on rims I would really appreciate it. Thanks

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