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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Tires

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To safely operate your vehicle, your  
tires must be the proper type and  
size, in good condition with adequate  
tread, and correctly inflated.  
Inflation Guidelines  
The tire pressure monitoring system  
(TPMS) warns you when a tire  
pressure is low. See page 326 for  
more information.  
Keeping the tires properly inflated  
provides the best combination of  
handling, tread life, and riding  
The following pages give more  
detailed information on how to take  
care of your tires and what to do  
when they need to be replaced.  
Even though your vehicle is  
equipped with TPMS, we  
Underinflated tires wear unevenly,  
adversely affect handling and fuel  
economy, and are more likely to  
fail from being overheated.  
recommend that you visually check  
your tires every day. If you think a  
tire might be low, check it  
immediately with a tire gauge.  
Overinflated tires can make your  
vehicle ride more harshly, are  
more prone to damage from road  
hazards, and wear unevenly.  
Using tires that are excessively  
worn or improperly inflated can  
cause a crash in which you can  
be seriously hurt or killed.  
Follow all instructions in this  
owner’s manual regarding tire  
inflation and maintenance.  
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Use a gauge to measure the air  
pressure in each tire at least once a  
month. Even tires that are in good  
condition may lose 1 to 2 psi (10 to  
20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per  
month. Remember to check the  
spare tire at the same time.  
If you check air pressures when the  
tires are hot (driven for several  
miles/kilometers), you will see  
readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3  
to 0.4 kgf/cm ) higher than the cold  
readings. This is normal. Do not let  
air out to match the recommended  
cold air pressure. The tire will be  
Recommended Tire Pressures  
The following chart shows the  
recommended cold tire pressures for  
most normal and high-speed driving  
Tire Size  
Cold Tire Pressure  
for Normal Driving  
Check the air pressures when the  
tires are cold. This means the  
vehicle has been parked for at least 3  
hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6  
km). Add or release air, if needed, to  
match the recommended cold tire  
pressures on this page.  
225/65R17 102T  
30 psi (210 kPa ,  
2.1 kgf/cm )  
You should get your own tire  
pressure gauge and use it whenever  
you check your tire pressures. This  
will make it easier for you to tell if a  
pressure loss is due to a tire problem  
and not due to a variation between  
The compact spare tire pressure is:  
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )  
For convenience, the recommended  
tire sizes and cold tire pressures are  
on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.  
While tubeless tires have some  
ability to self-seal if they are  
punctured, you should look closely  
for punctures if a tire starts losing  
For additional information about  
your tires, see page 410 .  
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Tire Inspection  
Tire Service Life  
Every time you check inflation, you  
should also examine the tires for  
damage, foreign objects, and wear.  
The service life of your tires is  
dependent on many factors,  
including, but not limited to, driving  
habits, road conditions, vehicle  
loading, inflation pressure,  
You should look for:  
maintenance history, speed, and  
environmental conditions (even  
when the tires are not in use).  
Bumps or bulges in the tread or  
side of the tire. Replace the tire if  
you find either of these conditions.  
Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side  
of the tire. Replace the tire if you  
can see fabric or cord.  
Your tires have wear indicators  
molded into the tread. When the  
tread wears down, you will see a 1/2  
inch (12.7 mm) wide band across the  
tread. This shows there is less than  
1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread left on  
the tire.  
Excessive tread wear.  
A tire this worn gives very little  
traction on wet roads. You should  
replace the tire if you can see three  
or more tread wear indicators.  
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In addition to your regular  
Tire Maintenance  
Tire Rotation  
inspections and inflation pressure  
maintenance, it is recommended that  
you have annual inspections  
In addition to proper inflation,  
correct wheel alignment helps to  
decrease tire wear. If you find a tire  
is worn unevenly, have your dealer  
check the wheel alignment.  
performed once the tires reach five  
years old. It is also recommended  
that all tires, including the spare, be  
removed from service after 10 years  
from the date of manufacture,  
regardless of their condition or state  
of wear.  
Have your dealer check the tires if  
you feel a consistent vibration while  
driving. A tire should always be  
rebalanced if it is removed from the  
wheel. When you have new tires  
installed, make sure they are  
(For Non-directional (For Directional  
Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels)  
The last four digits of the TIN (tire  
identification number) are found on  
the sidewall of the tire and indicate  
the date of manufacture (See Tire  
Labeling on page 412 ).  
balanced. This increases riding  
comfort and tire life. For best results, To help increase tire life and  
have the installer perform a dynamic  
distribute wear more evenly, rotate  
the tires according to the  
maintenance messages displayed on  
the information display. Move the  
tires to the positions shown in the  
diagram each time they are rotated.  
If you purchase directional tires,  
rotate only front-to-back.  
On vehicles with aluminum wheels,  
improper wheel weights can damage  
your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use  
only Honda wheel weights for  
When the tires are rotated, make  
sure the air pressures are checked.  
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Replacing Tires and Wheels  
Replace your tires with radial tires of  
the same size, load range, speed  
rating, and maximum cold tire  
pressure rating (as shown on the  
tire’s sidewall).  
It is best to replace all four tires at  
the same time. If that is not possible  
or necessary, replace the two front  
tires or two rear tires as a pair.  
Replacing just one tire can seriously  
affect your vehicle’s handling.  
Installing improper tires on your  
vehicle can affect handling and  
stability. This can cause a crash  
in which you can be seriously  
hurt or killed.  
Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on  
your vehicle can reduce braking  
ability, traction, and steering  
If you ever replace a wheel, make  
sure that the wheel’s specifications  
match those of the original wheels.  
Always use the size and type of  
tires recommended in this  
owner’s manual.  
accuracy. Using tires of a different  
size or construction can cause the  
ABS and vehicle stability assist  
Also be sure you use only TPMS  
specific wheels. If you do not, the  
system (VSA) to work inconsistently. tire pressure monitoring system will  
not work on that tire.  
The ABS and VSA system work by  
comparing the speed of each wheel.  
When replacing tires, use the same  
size originally supplied with the  
vehicle. Tire size and construction  
can affect wheel speed and may  
cause the system to activate.  
Wheel and Tire Specifications  
17 x 6 1/2J  
Replacement wheels are available at  
your dealer.  
225/65R17 102T  
See page 410 for DOT tire quality  
grading information, and page  
412 for tire size and labeling  
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Winter Driving  
Tire Chains  
Tires marked ‘‘M S’’ or ‘‘All  
Season’’ on the sidewall have an all-  
weather tread design suitable for  
most winter driving conditions.  
Mount tire chains on your tires when  
required by driving conditions or  
local laws. Install them only on the  
front tires.  
Using the wrong chains, or not  
properly installing chains, can  
damage the brake lines and  
cause a crash in which you can  
be seriously injured or killed.  
For the best performance in snowy  
or icy conditions, you should install  
snow tires or tire chains. They may  
be required by local laws under  
certain conditions.  
Because your vehicle has limited tire  
clearance, Honda strongly  
recommends using the chains listed  
below, made by Security Chain  
Company (SCC).  
Follow all instructions in this  
owner’s manual regarding the  
selection and use of tire chains.  
Snow Tires  
Cable-type: SCC Radial Chain  
If you mount snow tires on your  
vehicle, make sure they are radial  
tires of the same size and load range  
as original tires. Mount snow tires on  
all four wheels. The traction  
provided by snow tires on dry roads  
may be lower than your original tires.  
Check with the tire dealer for  
maximum speed recommendations.