What is the Meaning of the Information on the Side of the Tire?

Looking at the abbreviations on the side of your tire can seem like too much information. With a little clarification, however, you can have the basic details needed to choose the right tire for your vehicle.

It usually begins with a letter. A “P” indicates that the tire rating is for a passenger vehicle. That’s followed by a three-digit number. A 225, for instance, is the tire’s width in millimeters. From there, you’ll see a slash and a two-digit number. That’s the ratio of the tire’s height to its width. A 65 tells you that the height is 65% of the tire’s width. That’s followed by another letter – usually an “R” for radial. The last two-digit number indicates the wheel’s diameter. A 16 tells you that the tire fits in a 16-inch wheel.

Don’t hesitate to stop by Toyota of Plano the next time you’re in Plano. Our knowledgeable technicians are here to answer any questions about the right tire for your vehicle.

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