Some helpful information to know about tires. As with all “Wear & Tear” items on your vehicle it is important to maintain, perform routine inspections and replace your tires when necessary. Routinely rotating your tires and maintaining proper inflation pressures will help to prevent premature failure of tires. The key to proper inflation is to know the weight of your vehicle and vehicle loads. Your vehicle has two labels affixed to the driver’s side door jam that lists your vehicle’s maximum cold inflation pressures for both the front and rear tires as well as the recommended tire and rim sizes. One of those labels also instruct you as to the maximum front gross axle weight rating (GAWR), rear GAWR and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). So what this information tells you is at your maximum weight limits of your vehicle, you need to have your tires inflated to the maximum cold inflation pressure or you will risk premature tire failure.
Along with maintaining your tires it is also advised that you make routine inspections of your tires. Although most new cars have some sort of a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) we recommend that you perform a routine tire inspection. The TPMS only alert you to under-inflated tires, the system can not recognize damaged or worn tires. During your routine inspections you are looking for proper tread depth, uneven tread wear, side wall damage, cupping of the outside treads, leaking valves, loss of pressure (a.k.a. flat tire), etc. Always check your pressure during your tire inspection. As with any vehicle component if your tires are wore or damaged then have them replaced, if your not sure or have any questions during your routine inspections then don’t hesitate to ask a local tire expert for their advice. For more details and information on tires please visit Tiger’s Tips.
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO READ YOUR TIRE SIZE:
I’m sure you have seen the size of your tire either on your vehicle’s certification label, Tire & Load Pressure label or just on the sidewall of the tire itself. But what is the actual size? Our Tire Size Converter listed below will calculate the size for you with your input!