What Do Tire Numbers Mean?

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When the time comes for tire service or if you’re in need of new tires, you may be wondering “what do tire numbers mean?” The tire code shows you what size and type of tire you’re dealing with and what performance purpose it is used for in Philadelphia. This can help you choose the new tires your vehicle needs when the time comes. Learn more about what the number on tires means and how to check tire tread depth with the service team at Lexus of Cherry Hill today!

Decoding Your Tire Number Meaning

When decoding the tire number meaning for your vehicle, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration such as the size, load index, speed, and type of tire your vehicle requires to perform best on Moorestown roads. This can all be determined by the tire number. Here’s a breakdown of what the tire number means:

P215/65R15 95H

“P” at the beginning means your tire is a P-metric tire, or in other words, it can be used in passenger vehicles. “LT” on the other hand means “light truck” and is meant for light-weight pickup trucks. If there’s no letter at the beginning, that means you’re in the possession of a Euro-Metric tire, which has a different load capacity entirely.

The “215” is the tire width in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall. As a result, this means we’ve got a tire that’s 215 millimeters wide.

Next is the aspect ratio code, which is “65” in this case. The aspect ratio is the height of the tire’s cross-section related to its width. In this case, this means that this tire’s height is equal to 65% of the tire’s width. The bigger the aspect ratio your tire is, the bigger the sidewalls of your tire will be as a result.

If you’ve got an “R”, that means you’ve got a radial tire, a measure of the tire’s construction.

“15” tells you the wheel size from one end to the other, letting you know what tire can fit on the wheel in question. This code shows this tire is meant for a 15-inch wheel.

Lastly, you’ve got “95H,” which corresponds to the load index and speed rating for the tire. The load index, or 95, shows you how much weight the tire can handle when inflated the right way. This will fall in a range between 75 and 105 for passenger vehicles. The “H” corresponds to the speed rating, or how fast the tire can safely travel based on its load levels. The rating goes from A to Z and a tire with an “H” rating has a maximum speed of 130 mph.

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