Do You Really Know What the Info on Your Tire Means?

April 12th, 2018 by

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Whether it’s time for new tires, you have a flat, or you simply want to be more informed about your vehicle, the information on the side of your tire is important.

Though it’s hard to see without paying close attention, the information on the side of your tire can help you to make an informed decision about how to fill your tire, or what kind to buy as a replacement. Our team wants to take you through this, step by step.

What Does My Tire Tell Me?

Let’s take a look at the many things your tire can tell you with the information provided.

– The kind of car. There is typically an abbreviation on the side of your tire. Like a code, the first letter of the abbreviation tells you what kind of vehicle it is. For example, if the first letter is “P,” it means a passenger car. If it’s an “LT,” it means a light truck, and so on.

– The width of the tire. After the letter comes a three-digit number. This number tells you in millimeters, how wide the tire is. This is extremely important to note since tires come in all different sizes.

– The tire’s aspect ratio. After the letter and the three-digit number, you’ll see a slash with a two-digit number. This number is the aspect ratio of the tire, which how high the tire is in comparison to its width. For example, if the number is 50, that means that the tire’s height is 50% of its width.

– The type of tire. After the slash and two-digit number, you’ll find another letter. This tells you what kind of tire you have. For example, if the letter is an “R,” you have a radial tire.

– The wheel’s diameter. The final two digits of the “tire code” tell you the diameter of the wheel. This is another important number since again, tires come in all sizes!

– The load index. The load index tells you how much weight the tires can carry, which is important in relation to what kind of vehicle you’re driving.

– The speed rating. The final letter on the tire tells you the maximum speed that the tire can handle. The letters for a speed rating go all the way from A1 to (Y) but keep in mind, A1 can only handle up to three miles per hour. That means that the average car has at least an S, which can handle speeds of 112 mph.

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If you’re having tire issues, need them balanced, rotated, changed, or filled, stop in today to Mercedes-Benz of Bedford and we can take care of it for you!

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