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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Winter Rims & Tires Question

Hello I am new to this forum as of yesterday, and I already have a question.
We bought the wife the new 2010 Equionx LTZ AWD V6 (with alll the bells and whistles)
The question I have is regarding winter rims and tires.
If I purchase some 19" black rims for next winter with some good snow tires, what will that do to the air pressure monitoring system?
Would the rims I buy come with the pressure sensor to communicate with the monitoring system or will there be an indicator light flashing?
Your thoughts?
Thank you in advance!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 08:22 AM
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Re: Winter Rims & Tires Question

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Hello I am new to this forum as of yesterday, and I already have a question.
We bought the wife the new 2010 Equionx LTZ AWD V6 (with alll the bells and whistles)
The question I have is regarding winter rims and tires.
If I purchase some 19" black rims for next winter with some good snow tires, what will that do to the air pressure monitoring system?
Would the rims I buy come with the pressure sensor to communicate with the monitoring system or will there be an indicator light flashing?
Your thoughts?
Thank you in advance!
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IF you by factory/Chevy rims there is a chance they may come with the TPMS on the rims. Any aftermarket rims, not so much.

There was another thread here that addressed the same issue of changing rims with no TPMS sensors. I believe you will get an error message but it disappears after a short period of time. Once you replace the rims with the OEM you will just have to relearn the psoitions.

http://www.terrainforum.net/index.php?topic=226.0

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Re: Winter Rims & Tires Question

If the TPMS is not in the rims you buy, you can purchase this from a GM dealer to install into any rim you buy.

But, keep in mind that you will need to reprogram your Equinox to see the different TPMS modules when you switch out. It's not hard, but takes a little patience to go through the steps. You'll find the steps in your owners manual.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-27-2010, 07:44 PM
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Re: Winter Rims & Tires Question

do not buy 19" rims for your winters, buy some 17" or even 18" rims, the cost of the winter tires and rims will be cheaper.

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Re: Winter Rims & Tires Question

PLs, with 17s, you will have narrower tires which is better in the snow. It will cut into the snow, as apposed to riding on top of the snow. Think od a metal bladed sled versus a toboggen - the sled is much easier to control/turn.

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PLs, with 17s, you will have narrower tires which is better in the snow. It will cut into the snow, as apposed to riding on top of the snow. Think od a metal bladed sled versus a toboggen - the sled is much easier to control/turn.
I agree that the OP should get 17's or 18's for the winter tires, and that narrower tires/wheels are better for traction in the winter. However I'd just like to point out that wheel diameter != wheel width. I can have a 20", 7" wide wheel. I can also have a 17", 7 inch wide wheel. Or a 17", 10 inch wide wheel. It all depends on what you buy.

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Re: Winter Rims & Tires Question

I did a search in the forum for winter tires and couldnt come up with a consensus if I should get winter tires for my 2011 Equinox LTZ AWD V6. I live in New Hampshire and we are few days/weeks away from getting snow. Just bought my Equinox on 11/22. I will probably wait and see how it handles the snow and ice, but I am sure someone out there has had the AWD V6 in the snow!

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Re: Winter Rims & Tires Question

Snow tires are a personal preference. I suspect you will have little problem "going" - snow tires are more important in stopping and cornering. I bought Michelin Latitude X-ice and I live in Schenectady NY. I haven't used them in snow yet. Got the car last Spring.

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Snow tires are a personal preference. I suspect you will have little problem "going" - snow tires are more important in stopping and cornering. I bought Michelin Latitude X-ice and I live in Schenectady NY. I haven't used them in snow yet. Got the car last Spring.
Ohh, I live in troy. I just bought an Equinox and I figure I'll stay with the OEM, just because I have been using a Bonneville (FWD) and it has been pretty good in the snow. Except that the traction control turns off whenever the wheels spin.

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Ohh, I live in troy.
Good luck on the hills. I thought the all-season Michelins were not aggressive enough looking to be good winter tires - however, looks can be deceiving.


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