What to know when buying tires?

10 great tips for buying tires
June 6, 2016 – 09:32 am
What You Should Know When

- Question: What is the only part of your car that actually touches the ground?

Allow about 500 miles of break-in time before you push your tires hard on cornering.

Answer: Ideally, your tires.

Most of us don't give much thought to our tires until it's too late - that is, until they fail.

There are plenty of reasons to give your tires a little bit of attention now, before you find yourself on the side of the road at midnight.

A well-selected and maintained tire can contribute greatly to your safety, increased fuel economy, better handling and stopping in all road conditions as well as providing greater comfort and ride quality.

Walking into a tire showroom can be an overwhelming experience with literally hundreds of tire brands available, in a wide range of styles, construction, composition and price. To make the selection process easier and more effective we've put together these great tips for buying tires: AOL Autos: Things to know about tires

1. Make sure that you actually need new tires. Perform a quick visual inspection. If you see excessive tread wear, cracked sidewalls, or any discoloration or bulging, it's probably time for a new set.

If your tires are more than 10 years old, consider replacing them even if they look OK - rubber deteriorates with exposure to oxygen.

2. Make sure that your car is in good shape. Inspect your tires for signs of uneven wear, which might indicate alignment or suspension issues. Check for signs like more wear on the inside or outside of the tire vs. an even wear pattern across the entire width of the tread.

If you put a new set of tires on a misaligned car, or one with bad shocks, you're throwing money away. The new tires will wear quickly and unevenly, and you'll need another set in a hurry.

Most tire centers will inspect your current set of tires, and give you an assessment of your car's condition before you buy. If you have a trusted mechanic, bring your car in for an inspection before heading out to the tire center - an impartial opinion from an expert who isn't trying to sell you something is always desirable.

3. Check your owners manual and information placard. The manufacturer of your car has made a recommendation about the size and type of tires which work best with your vehicle, that information is found in the owner's manual and on the information placard.

The information placard on your vehicle is required by law, and is permanently attached to your door edge, door post, glove compartment door or inside your trunk lid. It may have been painted over on some older cars, but it's there.

If you don't have an owners manual, most manufacturers will sell you a replacement at a reasonable cost - ask your dealer, or search on the manufacturer's Web site.

4. Decipher the tire code. Perhaps the most confusing part of tire buying is figuring out what those numbers on the sidewall of the tire mean. They are part of a simple standardized code that is required by federal law in order to describe tires, and to identify them in case of a recall.

You can read more in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's online brochure, but here's a quick primer:

Example of tire sidewall markings - P215/65R 15 95H M+S

• First up is a letter or letters, indicating the tire's purpose: "P" for passenger cars or "LT" for light trucks are the most likely letters you'll see.

• Next is a three-digit number. This is the tire's width (in millimeters) from sidewall edge to sidewall edge.

• Then, a two-digit number which is the tire's aspect ratio, or the ratio of height to width. The smaller the number, the shorter the sidewall.

• Next, a letter, probably "R, " which indicates radial construction. Almost every tire you encounter will be a radial nowadays, unless you're buying tires for a classic car.

• Then, another two-digit number, which is the diameter of the wheel that the tire is intended to fit.

• Next, an optional two- or three-digit number. This is the tire's load index number, and its inclusion is not required by law. The load index number corresponds with the tire's load-carrying capacity. A site for discount tires has posted a handy chart with the load index numbers and loads. Simply put, don't install a tire with a lower load index number than your manufacturer recommends. AOL Autos: Tire shopping lessons

• Next, a letter. This is the tire's speed rating. Follow your manufacturer's recommendation. You should only need to upgrade to a higher speed rating if you have modified your vehicle for track use, or if you are heading to Germany to drive on the Autobahn.

• Next, some more letters, usually "M+S" or "M/S." This stands for mud and snow, and applies to most radial tires sold in America.

There are more numbers and letters, most of which you don't really need to worry about unless your tires are subject to a recall. They refer to the tire's place and date of manufacture, the maximum inflation pressure, maximum load rating, composition, materials, tread wear, traction and temperature grades.

Diving deeply into these ratings will yield a trove of information - most of which differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. Unless you are obsessive about your tires, you will probably be OK trusting in your tire guy's interpretation of the small print.

A good tire center will be able to talk you through these codes, and will know which tires are a good fit for your vehicle. You will have to choose between summer, all-season or winter tires, between extended tread life and better handling.

Be sure to ask a lot of questions, get answers, and have your tire guy point out the features on the tires and the code that indicates the feature on the sidewall.

Source: www.cnn.com
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