Tires have so much potential to improve your vehicle’s performance and they are probably the most neglected feature on a vehicle. When customers purchase a vehicle new or used, they have a tendency to keep the original tires on the car until something goes wrong with them like a flat tire. These tires aren’t terrible but are usually not the best quality tire and wheels on the market. Proactively investing in quality tires and wheels instead of waiting until disaster strikes can save a lot of money and improve your car’s performance over time.
When looking for new tires, you’ll want to understand what you’re looking at. The number on your tire may say P225/70-R15, 89H. In this example, the ‘P’ stands for a passenger tire. 225 is the width of the tire measured in millimeters. The ‘70’ in this example is the sidewall height as a percentage of the width of the tread. ‘R’ is the radial of the vehicle while the ‘15’ represents the size of the wheel in inches. The ‘89H’ on the end would represent the weight capacity of this particular tire. In most cases, however, you won’t see this heading on the sidewall.
When discussing tread ratings, V and Z are the most highly rated for dry pavement traction because of their soft rubber compounds. On the other hand, these tires do not have a long life so that is something to keep in mind. A tread rating tells you how long the tire should last. You’ll find this figure on the sidewall and the higher the number is, the longer the tire should last. When discussing the traction of a tire, ‘A’ is the best rating with ‘B’ being good and ‘C’ being acceptable. Finally, the temperature ratings work in the same way as the traction rating. ‘A’ is the best rating, ‘B’ is good and ‘C’ passes as acceptable. If you drive your vehicle very hard, stay away from ‘C’ rated tires because they won’t last as long as the other two.
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