How To Read Your Tire Size

We’ve all seen the code that runs around the side of your tire. But have you ever wondered what it meant or what it was for? It's your tire size, and it can be explained in the following manner:

How To Read Your Tire Size

A tire size code) will typically follow the format: P215/65R15 95H

What does each symbol mean?

P: The character in front of the code designates the type of tire. Most commonly, a tire will be P, designated for use in passenger vehicles. LT is the second most common tire type, used to represent light trucks. If there is no code, your tire is of European make, and has different load bearing capacities.

215: The first number designates the tire’s width, from sidewall to sidewall. In this case, the number 215 means that the tire width is 215 millimetres.

65: The number after the dash specifies the tire’s aspect ratio, which is the ratio of the tire’s width to its height.

R: The letter R refers to how the tire was created. In this case, R means radial, or that the layers of the tire run across it.

Wheel Diameter: The wheel diameter measurement is the end-to-end length, measured in inches. In this case, the diameter of the wheel is 15 inches.

Your tire typically has many other measurements that run along the wheel, but these are the most important. When you are specifying what type of tire you have to your mechanic, these are the key measurements you are going to need to remember.

If you're looking to purchase new tires or are looking to have your tires replaced and rotated, book an appointment online, give us a call at 647-361-4449, or shoot us a quick instant message, and we'd be happy to help.

Related articles

What Do Your Spark Plugs Do

Car Won't Start, What's The Cause

The 3 Signs Of Misaligned Wheels

Everything You Need To Know About Your Car's Fuel Filter

The History Of Lamborghini And Ferrari

Does My Car Qualify To Drive For Uber

Extend your car's life. Get car advice straight to your inbox.

Join 5000+ car owners and keep your car in its healthiest form.

More Related Articles

5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Yes, it's been a slow start to summer... With all the rain and cold weather, it's made it a bit difficult to enjoy the outdoors, drive to the cottage, and more. However, the temperature is now rising, the sun is out longer, and we're ready to take advantage of it!

Read more

What Does It Mean When Your Engine Turns Over

What Does It Mean When Your Engine Turns Over

When your engine starts, your battery sends an electrical pulse to your spark plugs, which causes the initial ignition. This then drives your crankshaft, which allows your engine to start moving. This is what the term ‘turning over’ means - it refers to the movement of the crankshaft after the initial ignition.

Read more

Signs Of A Failing Mass Air Flow Sensor

Signs Of A Failing Mass Air Flow Sensor

Your Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor is a piece of technology within your engine which tells your car’s computer how much air is entering the engine. This is important, as it allows your engine to regulate its performance and change the intake of air to keep your engine running in its best condition.

Read more