How do I read the tire labelling on the sidewall to ensure I get the right replacement?
There’s a lot of information found on the sidewalls of your car’s tires. You’ll find the tire size, the maximum PSI rating for the tire, the speed rating, load limit and a lot more. Of course, you need to know how to read it. Here’s a quick primer:
Size: You’ll see the tire size as something like this – P205/55R16. Now, let’s break that down:
205: The width of the tire measured in millimeters
55: The aspect ratio of the tire
R: Radial (as opposed to bias)
16: The size of your rim/wheel
After the tire size, you’ll find another number and letter combination, such as 89H.
Here’s what that mean:
89: The code indicating the maximum load for the tire
H: Your tire’s speed rating
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