Passenger Tire Sidewall Information

Example: P225/50R16 92V

"P" means this is a passenger car tire (as opposed to a tire made for a truck or other vehicle). P-metric is the U.S. version of a metric tire-sizing system.

"225" Section Width: The width of the tire in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall. This measurement varies depending on the width of the rim to which the tire is fitted: larger on a wider rim, smaller on a narrow rim. The number on the side of tire indicates the width measured with the tire fitted to the recommended rim width.

"50" Aspect Ratio: The ratio of height to width; this tire's height is 50% of its width.

"R" Construction: How the plies are constructed in the tire carcass. "R" means radial. "B" in place of the "R" means the tire is belted bias construction. "D" in place of the "R" means diagonal bias construction.

"16" Rim Diameter: The diameter of the wheel in inches.

"92" Load Index: Load Index is a rating which reflects the load capacity of the tire. This tire has a load capacity of 1,389 lbs. For a complete listing see the chart under Load Index and Speed Rating.

"V" Speed Rating: This tire has an industry-standard maximum service speed of 149 mph. Tires using an older European system carry the speed rating in the size description: 215/65HR15. Different letters correspond to different maximum service speeds.

The letters "DOT" certify compliance with all applicable safety standards established by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Adjacent to this is a tire identification or serial number; a combination of numbers and letters with up to 12 digits.

The sidewall also shows the type of cord and number of plies in the sidewall and under the tread.

Light Truck Sidewall Information

"LT" stands for Light Truck

"LT235/85R16" is the size designation for a metric light truck tire

"LOAD RANGE" identifies the load and inflation limits

"RADIAL" indicates that the tire has a radial construction "MAX. LOAD SINGLE 2623 lbs. AT 65 psi COLD" indicates the maximum load rating of the tire and corresponding minimum cold inflation pressure when used in a dual configuration.

The other markings on the sidewall have the same meaning as described for the passenger car tire.

 

 
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