Q. I have a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS with 26,000 miles, with original-equipment Goodyear Run Flat Tires. I have been shopping for a new set of tires, and have looked at both Goodyear ROF and a Michelin summer tire. Although the car has no spare tire, my main concern is that switching to the Michelins will change the handling characteristics of the car. Do you think that is a legitimate concern? Cost is not a problem as there is not much price difference.
A. When it comes to performance cars, the tires in many cases are designed for the car. The tire engineers work with the vehicle engineers to find a tire that enhances the characteristics of the car. That being said, in some cases, it could be a compromise. The best-handling tire may not deliver the best ride. The best-riding tire may not work well in wet weather. My first suggestion is that if you are happy with the tires on your car, replace them with the same tire. The similar Michelin tires are very good, but after doing a little research, it appears that they have a stiffer ride than the Goodyear tires your Camaro came with.
John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to firstname.lastname@example.org.