What Does All That Information Mean on the Side of the Tire?

It seems like there is so much to think about these days if you want to drive a vehicle. Understanding the abbreviations on the side of the tire is one of them. With a bit of explanation, it will be clear to you, though.

There is often a letter that begins the sequence. It might be a “P” for a passenger car. That’s followed by a three-digit number that represents the tire’s width in millimeters – 225 is an example. There are a dash and a two-digit number. It might be 65, that is the aspect ratio. It tells you that the tire’s height is 65% of its width. Another letter follows, possibly “R,” which tells you it’s a radial. The last two-digit number represents the wheel’s width. If it’s 15, then your tire fits on a 15-inch wheel.

The mechanics in our service center are here to help keep you safe on the road. The next time you’re in the Washington, PA area, stop by Budd Baer Auto.

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