Improve your vehicle’s handling, increase tire life and drive with safety by checking your tires every month to ensure that they are inflated with the right amount of air pressure. We offer a wide range of tires for your vehicle. Let our professionals help you find, balance and mount the right tires for your car.
Below are some of the tire services that we offer:
- Wheel Alignment
- Tire Mounting
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Rotation
- Tire Inspection
We also carry various tire brands. Here are some of the tire brands that we carry:
Tire Guide and Tips: Understanding your Tire
For example, the number may read P225/70-R15, 89H:
- P = Passenger Tire (LT = Light Truck)
- 225 = Overall width of the tire in millimeters
- 70 = Sidewall height (distance from rim to tread) as a percentage of the tread width (known as aspect ratio)
- R = Tire construction, this one is Radial (also, B = Belted Bias, D = Diagonal Bias
- 15 = Represents the size of the wheel in inches
- In this example, the tire has the number 89H. This is the weight capacity of the tire. However, in most cases, you will not see this heading on the sidewall.
- A speed rating is sometimes put in front of the R (or B or D). A straight R rating means that it is rated for speeds of up to 100mph. The manufacturer does not recommended this tire for speeds greater than 100 mph. Other speed ratings are: S=112mph, T=118mph, U=124mph, H=130mph, V=149mph, & a Z rated tire is for speeds in excess of 149mph.
- The V and Z rated tires have excellent dry pavement grip/traction but due to their soft rubber compounds, do not have a long life.
- A tread rating indicates how long a tire should last. This figure is written in small letters on the sidewall of your tire. The higher the number, the longer the tire should last. 100 is the basic tread wear rating.
- The traction rating works just like grading – ‘A’ being the best, ‘B’ is good, and ‘C’ is acceptable. This number is also found on the sidewall.
- Temperature ratings work the same – ‘A’ best, ‘B’ good, ‘C’ acceptable. If you drive your car very hard, you want a temperature rating of ‘A’ because a ‘C’ would fail faster under these conditions. Again, look for this number on the sidewall.
Getting to Know Your Tires
Understanding how to choose the proper tire size for your vehicle is not that difficult. First and foremost it is recommended that you follow the manufacturers recommendations. Most passenger vehicles and light trucks have this information either on the drivers door or the “B” pillar.
The first letter (P) indicates that the tire is manufactured to a specific standard for use in certain countries like the US and some European countries. The “P” stands for passenger vehicle. If there is no letter or letters than it is more than likely a Euro metric tire. In general P-Metric and Euro-Metric tires have different load ratings.
“LT” at the beginning indicates that the tire is made for light truck duties. These tires usually have a higher inflation pressure. This is because of the higher load rating.
The first three digit numbers is the measurement of the width of the tire from sidewall to sidewall. This measurement is in millimeters. In other words, if the numbers are 225, that means that the tire is 225 millimeters wide.
The next two numbers after the slash are the aspect ratio. This is the height of the tire in relation to the width. If the next numbers are for example 65, this means that the height of the sidewall is 65% of the width of the tire. The greater the number, the taller the tire will be.
Modern tires will have an “R”. This is for radial construction. The layers of the tire run radially across thee tire.
The following numbers indicate the wheel (or rim) size that the tire should be mounted on.
Speed Rating is the speed that the tire is rated for. An example would be if there is an “H” the tire is safe to operate at speeds up to 130 MPH. Legacy Automotive does not condone driving at speeds above the posted speed limit.
Traction Grade indicates the wet traction under controlled tests. A rating of “AA” offers incredible traction on wet roads.
Temperature Grade indicates how well the tire will dissipate the heat that a tire generates during normal driving circumstances. An “A” grade can comfortably operate at speeds over 115 MPH.
Legacy Automotive can assist you in selecting the proper tire size and rating for your vehicle. Come on in and one of our technicians can help with whatever you need for your vehicle.