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Tire Basics

• How to buy tires
• What you should know when you choose a tire
• Reading your tire sidewall information
• When should you replace your tire?
• How to choose a tire store

Tire and Vehicle types

• Passenger car tires
• Light truck & SUV tires
• Truck tires
 Off-road tires
• Motorcycle tires
• High-performance tires

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Before you go shopping for a set of new tires, learn what the information located on the sidewalls of the tires means. This information will give you a good understanding of the tires that you need to be looking for. The letters and numbers located on the curve all signify a certain specific about the tire.

Those figures are meant to be read from left to right. The first would be a letter that signifies what kind of vehicle it is. P for passenger car and LT for a light truck, SUV or minivan. The next set is a grouping of three numbers, which gives the millimeter measurement of the tread on the tire. Following that is a set of two numbers; this indicates the aspect ratio which means the width of the tread divided by the height of the tire. Next you'll find another letter which is usually R, this stands for radial construction. Last there is another two digit number which indicates the diameter of the wheel in inches.

In addition to the above information there are speed ratings, which tells one the speed that a tire is expected to perform safely.

Other information that's located on the sides of a tire describes the attributes of a tire. One will show the tread characteristics of a tire. The standard for tire wear is placed at 100 by the government so if one has a rating of higher or lower than that standard then it means that the life of a tire is expected to be either more or less than the government set rating. In addition to this, there is another letter that is set by government testing. This is a measurement to determine the traction performance of a tire. When a tire performs well on both wet and dry pavement then it's given an A rating.


nowing how to read the information on the tire sidewalls will make you a more informed buyer when you get ready to purchase tires for your vehicle. They give you a good idea of the tire performance abilities. Combine this knowledge with the vehicle specification and you're ready to begin your search for the best tire purchase for your car. Take this knowledge and go to a good tire dealer for they can assist you beyond just the basic knowledge that you have of the tire by now. They will consult with you to find out exactly what your driving needs are and will help you make an informed decision about what you truly need.

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