What do those numbers on your tires represent?
Search tires by vehicle: How to
find your version/option
Version/option can affect your tire size.
It should be located on an information placard in your
vehicle. In vehicles made after 2005, this placard will be
located in the driver's side door. In older vehicles, the
placard may be located instead in the rear passenger doorjamb,
fuel filler, glove box or center console, or engine
compartment. For example, the version/option of a Honda Accord
EX V6 is EX V6.
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Metric, or tire type, defines the proper use of
the tire. For example, a "P" designation means that it
is a passenger car tire. An "LT" designation is for a
Tire width is
the width of the tire measured in mm from sidewall to
sidewall. This tire width is 215 mm.
Rim diameter is
the width in inches or cm of the wheel from one end to
the other. The diameter of this wheel is 16 in.
Speed rating tells
you the maximum service speed for a tire. A speed rating
isn't a recommendation to exceed speed limits, and
doesn't indicate how well a tire handles or corners.
Learn more about tire Speed Ratings.
Aspect ratio is the ratio of the height of the
tire's cross-section to its width. On our example, 60
means that the height is equal to 60% of the tire's
Construction tells you how the layers of the tire
were put together. "R" stands for radial, which means
the layers run radially across the tire. "B" stands for
bias construction, which means that the layers run
diagonally across the tire.
index is an assigned number that corresponds with
the load-carrying capacity of a tire. Most passenger car
tire load indexes range from 75 to 100, but a few carry
more. You'll also find the maximum load elsewhere on the
tire sidewall, both in lbs and kg. Learn more about tire
above chart from:
The Yeck’s Tire & Auto Guide To Selecting Tires And Wheels
Many auto owners throughout Council Bluffs Iowa and
Omaha Nebraska love driving, love their vehicles: To them, picking
out the right tire is
just as important – and just as much fun – as finding the right
shoes is to a runner.
Now not everyone in Eastern Nebraska
or Western Iowa are like that. Many NE people have found that
shopping for tires is overwhelming because there are just
so many choices. So let’s break it down: there are four
main categories of tires, depending on the kind of driving you do.
First, there are summer
tires. You would buy summer tires if you’re looking for
maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to
help you stick to the road in fast corners. The tread has wide
blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread
design can handle rain, but really isn’t set up for snow and ice.
Next comes winter
tires. You would buy winter tires if you still like
performance driving when it’s cold and slippery out, so you need a
tread design that’ll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber
compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop
below 45 degrees so you get great traction even on dry roads. On
the other end of the winter tire spectrum are tires designed to
handle severe ice and snow conditions.
The third category is all-season
tires. Now, most new cars come with all-seasons in places such as
Bellevue, Omaha, Ralston and Council Bluffs. The idea is a tire
that you can use all-year round in Nebraska and Iowa. Naturally,
the tread design and rubber compound is a compromise that won’t
give you the extreme capabilities of summer or winter tires, but
if your driving and weather conditions aren’t at the extreme ends
of the spectrum, all-season tires might suit you just fine.
The last category is all-terrain
tires. These tires are designed for both Omaha expressway and
off-road use. If you need a tire that gets good traction in the
dirt and is tough enough for rocks and ruts and stuff, but still
performs well on the road, an all-terrain tire might be just what
Talk with your helpful Yeck’s Tire & Auto tire professional in
Bellevue about how and where you drive and get his suggestions for
tires that’ll work for you.
New tire choices can be overwhelming for Papillion car owners.
you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some
that are also rated for off-highway. How much do you drive off-road in
Papillion? How important are looks?
suppose you have a sporty car. You may like to run a
high-performance summer tire when the weather’s good in
Papillion. When the weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance
winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do in and around
Papillion, you want full on
all-out performance isn’t a big issue, all-season tires are a good
compromise that works well for most Papillion people.
time for new tires for your car, visit with a tire professional at Yeck’s
Auto Repair. Describe your needs and wants. He’ll come up with some
selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire,
there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying
heavy loads on Papillion roads.
Tires are a big purchase for Papillion drivers. With so many choices,
you’ll be able to get what’s best for you.
Give us a
Yeck’s Tire &
203 Fort Crook Rd North
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005
Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair article focuses on the effect of tire tread depth on
braking. When Bellevue and Bellevue drivers talk about stopping power,
they tend to focus on their brakes. But our tires are where the rubber
meets the road. We have to have tires with enough traction to translate
braking power into stopping power.
Let’s concentrate on stopping in wet Omaha
conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has
to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire
will actually ride on top of a thin film of water. That’s called
hydroplaning and it is a factor in many Nebraska auto accidents.
If it’s really bad, you can actually spin out of control. At best, you
won’t stop as fast.
Your car tires have channels for water to flow
through. The deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new
tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of water. As the
tire wears down, the channels become shallower and can move less water.
When it wears down enough, it can seriously affect your ability
to stop on wet Nebraska roads.
That’s why it’s so important for Bellevue and
Papillion motorists to replace their tires when they get worn. Consumer
Reports and other advocate groups call for a standard of replacing tires
when the tread is worn down to 4/32 of an inch. That’s 3.2 millimeters. By
comparison, you’ve probably seen the wear indicator that’s molded into
tires. When tires are worn to 3/32 of an inch, the tread wear bar is
And that little bit of additional tread makes a
big difference. Stopping distances are cut dramatically on wet Bellevue
surface streets and Bellevue highways. A safe stop from Nebraska freeway
speeds with 4/32 of an inch of tread would result in a crash with worn out
There’s an easy way to tell when a
tire’s worn to 4/32 of an inch. Just insert a quarter into the tread.
Put it in upside down. If the tread doesn’t cover George Washington’s
hairline, it’s time to replace your tires. With a Canadian quarter, the
tread should cover the numbers in the year stamp.
You’ve probably heard of this technique using a
penny and Abe Lincoln’s head. That measure gives you 2/32 of an inch –
half the suggested amount. And if you have uneven tread wear – have us
check it out at Yeck’s Tire & Auto Repair. It could be a problem with your
steering or suspension components or a wheel alignment problem. If you
need new tires or have any concerns about your brakes, give us a call
Answers from Yeck's Tire & Auto for Bellevue: Tire Tread Depth
How can I tell when my tires are worn so much that they need to be replaced?
Yeck's Tire & Auto Answer:
That is question for Bellevue drivers. As we
discuss the matter, keep in mind that one of the jobs of your tire tread is to move water. The channels in the tread act as
passages for water to escape from underneath the tire. The deeper the tread, the deeper the channel – and the more water
that can be evacuated.
When enough water can't be moved from underneath the tire, the tire can ride on the water – often called hydroplaning. The
tire is literally not contacting the road but rather is “floating” on the water so there is little traction and the vehicle
So somewhere between a brand new tire and a bald tire lies the point at which the tire should be replaced. Some governmental
jurisdictions have minimum tread depth requirements for - others do not. So check the laws where you live in NE to learn the
Tire manufacturers are required to mold a tread wear bar into the tire. This bar appears across the tread when the tire is
worn down to 1.6 mm (2/32 of an inch). Bellevue drivers can easily do the quarter test.
Insert a 25-cent coin
into one of the grooves with the caribou's head pointing down. If you can see the tip of the nose of this great northern
animal, it is a sign of very worn treads. That means it is high time to bid adieu to your tires.
Studies have shown, however, that there is difference in stopping distances for in wet Bellevue conditions with tires that
have less wear. For example, in controlled, wet conditions a vehicle with 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) of tread traveling at
speeds was able to stop in about 26 metres (85 feet) less distance than the same car with tires with 1.6 mm (2/32 of an
inch) of tread. That could easily be the difference between a safe stop and hitting the vehicle in front of you.
Bellevue drivers can gauge 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) by inserting a US quarter upside down into the tread. If it covers
George Washington's head, you have more than 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) of tread.
New tires are a big ticket item for Bellevue drivers so it's natural to want to get as much value out of them as possible.
Just remember that a huge part of that value is the ability to stop safely in wet Bellevue conditions. You can with your
friendly and knowledgeable Yeck's Tire & Auto tire professional for help with tire replacement.
Give us a call
Yeck's Tire & Auto
203 Fort Crook Rd North
Bellevue, NE 68005