Find the Perfect Tires For All Your Needs
Tires are the connection between your vehicle and the surface of the road. A critical part of your vehicle’s suspension system, tires are responsible for transmitting the forces of driving, steering, and braking to the surface of the road. Although tires are easily maintained, they are often overlooked. The air inside your tires and the design of the tire influence vehicle performance, tire tread life, and ride comfort. Tire maintenance is vital for getting the most out of your tires by maximizing mileage and tread wear. Our staff will help you understand the basics of tire care and maintenance, like when you should seek tire rotation, balance, and alignment. Our team will also help you understand tire sidewall markings, teach you the best time to purchase a new set of tires and show you how to choose the right set of tires for your vehicle.
Here’s our helpful consumer guide!
It refers to the type of vehicle the tire is designed for. No letter indicated the tire is euro-metric.
- P – Passenger
- LT – Light Truck
- T – Temporary Spare
- ST – Special Trailers
Also known as section width, it indicates the width or thickness of the tire in millimeters. It is measured from the widest point of a tire’s sidewall to the widest point of its inner sidewall.
It identifies the relationship between the tire’s sidewall height and the tire’s width. A lower ratio means a smaller sidewall height, better cornering, and a rougher ride.
It refers to the tire’s internal construction. Nearly every tire on the road has a radial construction (R), which means the cords of the carcass plies inside the tire radiate directly across one side of the tire to the other. Other letters are D (diagonal) and B (belted).
Indicates the diameter of the wheel the tire is made for.
Refers to the weight a tire can carry at its maximum rate of inflation. The number corresponds to a load capacity found on a load index chart.
Designates the maximum safe speed at which the tire is designed to carry a load under certain conditions. The range of speed ratings is from A (lowest) to Y (highest), with the only exception being that H falls between U and V. Surpassing the legal speed limit is not recommended.
These factors can help you find the right tire for your vehicle. Still, confused? We’ve got your back!
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