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Tire Code

Tire codes, also known as tire markings or sidewall information, are a set of alphanumeric characters found on the sidewall of tires. These codes provide important information about the tire’s size, construction, performance capabilities, and other specifications. Understanding tire codes can help you select the right tires for your vehicle. Here are some common elements you may find in a tire code:

1. Tire Size: The tire size is typically represented by a series of numbers and letters, such as P215/65R15. Here’s what each element represents:
– P: Indicates the tire is for passenger vehicles. Other letters, like LT (Light Truck) or ST (Special Trailer), may be used for specific tire applications.
– 215: Represents the tire’s width in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall.
– 65: Refers to the aspect ratio or profile of the tire, which is the height of the sidewall as a percentage of the tire’s width.
– R: Stands for radial construction. Most modern tires use radial construction.
– 15: Denotes the diameter of the wheel in inches that the tire is designed to fit.

2. Load Index: The load index indicates the maximum load capacity of the tire. It is represented by a number, such as 94, and correlates to a specific load capacity in pounds or kilograms. You can refer to load index charts provided by tire manufacturers to determine the maximum weight a tire can support.

3. Speed Rating: The speed rating indicates the maximum speed capability of the tire. It is represented by a letter, such as H or V, and corresponds to a specific speed range. For example, an H-rated tire is designed for speeds up to 130 mph (210 km/h), while a V-rated tire is designed for speeds up to 149 mph (240 km/h). It’s important to select a tire with a speed rating that matches or exceeds your vehicle’s top speed capability.

4. Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature Ratings: These ratings provide information about the tire’s performance characteristics:
Treadwear Rating: Indicates the tire’s expected tread life compared to a reference tire. Higher numbers mean longer tread life.
Traction Rating: Indicates the tire’s ability to grip the road under wet conditions. Ratings range from AA (highest) to C (lowest).
Temperature Rating: Indicates the tire’s ability to dissipate heat under high-speed conditions. Ratings range from A (highest) to C (lowest).

5. DOT Code: The Department of Transportation (DOT) code is a series of characters indicating compliance with safety standards and tire manufacturing information. It includes a plant code, tire size, and manufacturing date. The last four digits represent the week and year of manufacture. For example, “2419” means the tire was manufactured in the 24th week of 2019.

These are some of the common elements you may find in tire codes. Understanding these codes can help you make informed decisions when purchasing tires and ensure you choose the right ones for your vehicle’s needs and specifications.


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