Making the decision to buy tires is an important one. However, many people find it challenging to determine the proper tire size for their vehicles. The wrong tire size can make driving in your ride a bumpy and unsettling nightmare. To keep you from wasting time, money and losing your sanity, check out the following tire size selection tips.
Use the Coin Test
You may be in the market for new tires, but first, you need to know if your vehicle actually needs them. One way you can determine how much life is left in your wheels is to perform the coin test. This method makes it easy for you know the amount of tread that is left on them and if immediate tire replacement is necessary.
To perform the test, you’ll need a penny. It doesn’t matter if it’s new or old. As long as it has Lincoln’s head on it, you’re golden. Take the penny and turn it so that Lincoln’s head is upside down. Place the penny in between the treads on your tire. Do this in several different areas on your tires. If you can see Lincoln’s head over the tread, then it is time for you to go tire shopping. You can put off replacing your tires for a few weeks to months more if you can’t see Lincoln’s head over the tread.
If you don’t happen to have a penny, you can always use a quarter. Insert the coin between the tread in several different places on your tires. If the tread covers the top portion of Washington’s head, you can put off tire shopping for another day.
Determine Rim and Tire Size
If it is time for you to replace your tires, you need to make sure you get the right rim and tire size. To find the right tire size for your vehicle, you can look in one of three places: on the label inside of your gas tank, driver's door or your glove box. If you cannot locate your tire size in those areas, you should take a close look at the sidewall on your current wheels.
Deciphering Tire Sidewall Information
On the sidewall of your tires are some letters and numbers that look like this: “P215/60R16.” The first letter refers to the type of vehicle tire you have. The “P” stands for passenger. The “215” is your tire’s width. The “60” refers to the nominal sidewall height of your tire. The “16” is the rim size, and the “R” indicates the tire is for light-duty and passenger vehicles.
It’s important for you to keep your vehicle equipped with the right tires. Once you’ve mastered the art of tire sizing, you can enjoy greater flexibility in choosing the best tires for your vehicle. For assistance with tire selection, installation, wheel alignments and repairs, stop by Auto Tek today or contact us to schedule a service appointment.