It's not the width, it's the height of the tire to the spring perch. 215/45-17 is taller than a 235/40-17 tire. Generally, 24.5" is about the maximum to fit under the front spring perch which 215/45 just surpasses. Some 215/45s do fit by a hair, but it's a crapshoot on that size. You might want to try a spacer.