Have you ever noticed the abuse a tire takes? Improve your vehicle’s handling, increase tire life, and drive with safety by checking your tires every month to insure that they are inflated with the right amount of air pressure. We offer a wide range of tires for your vehicle. Let our professionals help you locate the right tire for your vehicle. Our technicians can then properly mount and balance your tires for the optimum ride.
Call or e-mail us today and let us help with your tire service. To the right are some of the brands we offer and we can get just about any other brand you would like.
Understanding Your Tire
The side of a tire contains information needed for your safety. Being able to read sidewall markings will help you better understand the performance of each tire and it also provides your tire dealer with information when mounting and servicing the tire.
There are three primary sizing systems for passenger tires today: P-Metric, European Metric, and Millimetric. The numbers on your tire actually give a description of that particular tire such as the example below:
P215/65R15 P215/65R 95S
P = Passenger Car Tire (Lt = Light Truck Tire)
215 = Section Width in Millimeters
65 = Aspect Ratio (Sidewall Height)
R = Radial Construction (vs. bias construction)
15 = Rim Diameter in Inches
95S = Service Description (Load Index & Speed Rating)
A speed rating is sometimes placed in front of the “R”. A straight “R” means it is basically rated for speeds up to 106 mph. Other speed ratings are S=112 mph, T=118 mph, H=130 mph, V=149 mph, and a Z rated tire is rated for speeds in excess of 149 mph. However, it should be noted that exceeding the lawful speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed. The V and Z rated tires have excellent dry pavement grip/traction, but, due to their soft rubber compounds, do not have a long life.
Uniform Tire Quality Grade Labelling
Each tire manufacturer performs its own tests in the areas of treadwear, traction, and temperature, following government-prescribed test procedures. Each manufacturer then assigns grades that are branded on the tire. Example:
Treadwear 300 Traction AA Temperature A
Treadwear ratings indicate an approximate tire life. It’s important to remember that the actual life of any tire is influenced by the road surface quality, driving habits, inflation pressure, wheel alignment, weather conditions, vehicle type, and tire rotation.
Traction rating grades indicate a locked tire’s braking ability in a straight line on a wet road surface. Traction grades range from AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best.
Temperature grades represent a properly maintained tire’s ability to dissipate heat under controlled indoor test conditions. Temperature grades range from A to C, with A being the best.
There are also other markings such as “M & S” or “M/S” which indicate that the tire meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) definition of a mud and snow tire.
Also included on the tire wall will be “Max. Load” and “Max. Press.” indicating the maximum load for which the tire is rated and the maximum tire pressure.