What Do Tire Numbers Mean?

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Many Puyallup drivers are curious to know, “What do tire numbers mean?” At Sunset Kia of Auburn, we think it is an excellent question and one that all drivers should know the answer to. We’ll cover the tire number meaning and explain the codes. Read on to learn more, and contact us if you have any questions!

What Do the Numbers on Tires Mean?

When you look at a tire and see a code with a series of letters and numbers, they indicate the size, load index, speed rating, and tire type. You will want to know the numbers on your tire for when you need a tire replacement. Our parts department can assist you with ordering the correct tires for your make and model.

Tire Number Meaning and Example

At first glance, the tire number looks awkward, but each section of the tire has a meaning, and it is code for the identification of the tire. Here is an example of a tire number:

Tire Number:

P215/65R15 95H

Tire Number Meaning:

Here is a breakdown of the letters and numbers and what they stand for:

  • P: Stands for “P-Metric Tire” – used for passenger vehicles

  • 215: Stands for the width of the tire in millimeters

  • 65: Stands for the aspect ratio (ratio of the height to width)

  • R: Stands for radial tire (the tire’s construction)

  • 15: Stands for the wheel size

  • 95: Stands for the tire’s load index

  • H: Stands for the speed rating of a tire

If a tire’s number does not have a letter before the code, it is a European tire or a Euro-Metric tire; each has different load dimensions. The aspect ratio comes after the forward-slash within the tire number. The bigger the aspect ratio, the bigger the sidewalls.

Count on Sunset Kia of Auburn for Service Tips

Whether you live in Sumner or Federal Way, Sunset Kia of Auburn is only a short drive away. We are located in Auburn and want to provide you with the utmost customer service and car knowledge. You can depend on our service center to help you change your tire when the time comes. You can schedule a service appointment online with us, and we will take care of the rest!

We believe in being a full-service auto dealer at Sunset Kia of Auburn. That means keeping you savvy and up-to-date on car care and trivia, but it also means giving you your money’s worth when you buy from us. As part of the Sunset Auto Family, new Kias and select used vehicles from Sunset Kia of Auburn are backed by Warranty Protection for Life and Oil Changes for Life.

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