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Dear Motor Medics, I purchased a 2007 Honda Odyssey van with 80,000 miles and I thought I got a great deal. The used vehicle inspection only had one suggestion—new tires.
I took the van to a tire store and they quoted me $2,000 to replace the tires and I thought I was going to die on the spot. I thought they were out of line when they said I had special PAX tires, so I left the store and was told the same at another.
What is this PAX thing and who would ever be willing to pay so much for minivan tires? Can I get rid of them and install regular tires?
Fred in McCook, Nebraska
Dear Fred, Surprise! It feels like they should yell this when you go to get these replaced. Yes, they’re expensive but they are very different from other tires and that’s why they are.
These tires were installed on some ’05-’09 Honda Odyssey, ’06-’08 Nissan Quest, ’06-’08 Acura RL, and ’05-’09 Toyota Sienna vans and some others.
The tire is a run-flat design allowing you to travel with no air for a limited time. They require special equipment to repair or replace and not every tire store has the equipment.
To change to a regular tire requires changing the wheel as well making it very expensive. Either way it will be a jolt to the wallet. Check the internet for more information and options on these tires. Take care, The Motor Medics
For entertainment only. Always consult your local shop and follow all safety procedures before repairs.
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