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What Do Tire Numbers Mean?

If you’ve ever given your tires a good look, you’ve probably noticed a set of numbers and letters embossed on the sides. So what do the numbers on tires mean and what can they tell you about your car performance on Bayonne roads? In this guide, we’ll run through an example to uncover the tire number meaning to best take care of your new and used vehicle. When you know what the numbers on tires mean, you can find out everything from the speed rating to the load index of your set with the help of the service experts at Metro Honda!

Tire Number Meaning Decoded

So, what do tire numbers mean? They actually reveal more than you might think! Each tire number actually consists of many different pieces of information. While one digit might reveal tire construction information, another might showcase the aspect ratio. Let’s break down an example to discover the tire number meaning:

Example tire number: P215/65R15 95H:

  • P stands for “P-Metric Tire”, which means you have a passenger vehicle. You might also see “LT” for “light truck”.
    • 215 indicates the tire width in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall, so 215 millimeters in this case.
  • 65 is the aspect ratio code, which means the ratio of its height to width. This tire has a height equal to 65% of its width,
  • R indicates radial construction.
  • 15 is the wheel size. This tire fits on a 15-inch wheel.
  • 95H  is the load index and speed rating. The 95 is the load rating, which shows how much weight the tire can handle. H is the speed rating, which ranges from A to Z ratings. This tire can handle 130 mph with its H rating.

And while it’s important to get the right set of tires at our service and parts department, tire maintenance is just as important once you get your new set installed! Get familiar with these five signs that you need new tires and be sure to inspect your set periodically – especially before you head out of Bayonne for that long road trip.

Learn More with Metro Honda

At Metro Honda, we’re happy to help our Hoboken and Newark neighbors get the quality car care that they deserve. If you have any questions about tire number meaning, DIY features like how to reset the oil light on a Honda Civic, and so much more, feel free to contact us.

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