Ex­am­ple: the tyre reads P215/65R 15 95H

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P– This in­di­cates it is a pas­sen­ger car tyre. If it had LT, it would mean light truck. T would mean truck etc. Eu­ro­pean tyres have no let­ter be­fore the num­bers.

215 – This refers to the width of the tyre from one side­wall to the other. In this case, it is 215 mil­lime­tres wide.

65 – Is the height of the side­wall as a per­cent­age of the tyre width. In this ex­am­ple, it is 65 per cent of the tyre width.

R– This let­ter des­ig­nates the type of tyre it is. This ex­am­ple is a ra­dial-ply tyre.

15 – Sig­ni­fies the wheel di­am­e­ter; here we have a 15-inch wheel.

95 – This is the load in­dex and in­di­cates the max­i­mum load car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of the tyre. You should only fit tyres that meet or ex­ceed the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion re­ferred to in the owner-man­ual.

H– This is the max­i­mum speed rat­ing for the tyre. y Once again re­fer to your own­ers-man­ual fo for the in­for­ma­tion.

An­other A ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion is the age of the tyre. To de­ter­mine this, look on the side­wall for a four-digit code, eg 0316. In this case, it means the tyre was made in t the third week of 2016.

HAVE YOU ever looked at your tyre side­wall and won­dered what all the num­bers mean?

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