If my current car came with 205/55R16 all-season tires, would it cause any problems to use my 185/65R15 winter tires that I didn't sell when I sold the old car?

Both sets of tires are mounted on matching rims, so the rims aren't a problem.

2 Answers 2


It should not be a problem, the difference in diameter is -1.6% according to this web site (https://tiresize.com/) so your speedo will be off but only by a small amount, you will be doing 59 when it is actually showing 60 and that's about it. Also you manufacture might have included +1 and -1 size tire sizes on the side of the door you might want to check them out.

  • 2
    Also the correctness of the speedo will vary as the tires wear down anyway. Oct 18, 2016 at 4:15
  • If tires are smaller, they have to do more revs for the same speed. So the displayed speed is higher, not lower.
    – sweber
    Oct 18, 2016 at 6:36
  • @sweber you are right, edited
    – method
    Oct 18, 2016 at 6:42

As mentioned in other answers, the difference in size is manageable. A good rule of thumb is to keep it under 3%, you are at 1.6%.

Bearing that in mind, the next time you are shopping for snow tires, if you want to keep your 15-inch rims, get tire size 205/60R15, it's only off your stock size by 0.8%.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .