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The simple ‘How to read Tyre size’ guide

We have discussed in the past about alloy wheels, alloy wheel refurbishment, and maintenance of alloy wheels. But one question that remains unanswered is how to read tyre size. In this blog, we will discuss in details how to read tyres sizes.

What The Number On the Tyres Tells About Them?

If you look at the wall of your tyre the numbers are easily visible and it is relatively easy to read your tyre size.

If we take an example of a tyre size, it looks like 195 / 55 R16 96W

  • The first three digits 195 stand for the width of the tyre.
  • The second combination of digit which is 55, stands for Tyre Profile and aspect ratio.
  • The third combination which starts with R stands for the size of the tyre or diameter of the tyre.
  • The last combination which is 96W stands for Tyre Load and Speed rating.

The above are the basic elements a car owner should know, but it is unnecessary as your garage will suggest the appropriate tyres for your car.

Leave the Hard Part To Your Garage

Any good wheel refurbishment company or a garage will have all the different tyres available that can go on your car. From a low-profile to a high-profile tyre, the wheel technicians will recommend the best tyres suited for your car depending on the type of car and the road it travels the most.

Some Other Symbols on Your Tyre and What do They Indicate

Along with the symbol which indicates the tyre size, there are additional symbols on your tyre and they indicate additional details about the tyre.

  • If you see REF on your tyres, it means reinforced tyres and manufactured to handle extra weight.
  • Four digits which specify the date of manufacture of the tyre follow the letters DOT.
  • Different tyre manufacturers have different marking for the Run Flat Tyre Time. They are marked by ROF, EMT, RFT, ZP, SSR or DSST depending on the tyre manufacturer.

If you see M+S marking or three mountain top markings on your tyre, then it indicates these tyres are dedicated to mountainous and snowy regions.

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