It seems like the simplest thing, buying new tires. However, you’ve got to put more thought into buying new tires than just asking if they fit. If you put the wrong tires on your car, you could be putting your life at risk. While any good tire shop will help you find the new tires you need, you should know about the tread types, sizing, and balancing for your new tires.
There are several conditions tires are rated for. You’ve got to find the right balance between handling, dry braking, wet braking, ride noise, ride comfort, rolling resistance, and snow traction. Some of these cannot be ignored, like dry braking and wet braking. Even if you live in the desert, you’ll need to brake in wet weather from time to time. Unless you live in the mountains, you probably don’t need to worry about snow traction. You won’t find new tires that excel at everything, so you’ll need to pick what’s most important to you.
If you look on the side of your tires you’ll see a string of numbers; it will say something like p215/60r16 94T. You’ll learn size measurements like width and diameter from the first part of the numbers. The second part, the 94, tells the load index of the tires. Your tires carry up to their load index per each tire. Finally, the "T" represents the speed rating, or the maximum speed for the tire, based on the load index.
There are a variety of tire types, and you’ll need to pick the right tires for your car and environment. Each of these tire types has its own speed ratings, performance standards, and lifespan.
If you have a mechanic you can trust, you’ll be able to go to them with any questions you have, and make sure you’re getting the right tires. West Coast Tire & Service has been family owned for generations. They have the experience to help you make the perfect choice for your new tires. Call, Email, Click or Pull into the shop to find out what West Coast Tire & Service can do for you.
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