Contents

- 1 How do you read Michelin tire codes?
- 2 How do you read a tire code?
- 3 What do the numbers and letters on tires mean?
- 4 How do you tell how old a tire is?
- 5 Where is the best place to buy tires?
- 6 What is the 3 tire rule?
- 7 What does the red dot on a tire mean?
- 8 What does V mean on tires?
- 9 Can I use 235 tires instead of 225?
- 10 How tall is a 17 inch tire?
- 11 What does the last number on a tire mean?
- 12 How long is a tire good for?
- 13 How old of a tire is safe?
- 14 How can you tell how old a Michelin tire is?

## How do you read Michelin tire codes?

Locate the DOT number. On the sidewall of the tire, locate a number that starts with DOT. It can be up to 12 digits long. The last three or four numbers are the date code.

## How do you read a tire code?

The two-digit number after the slash mark in a tire size is the aspect ratio. For example, in a size P215/65 R15 tire, the 65 means that the height is equal to 65% of the tire’s width. The bigger the aspect ratio, the bigger the tire’s sidewall will be.

## What do the numbers and letters on tires mean?

The number is the load rating, or the amount of weight that it can handle. The letter is the speed rating, or the maximum speed the tire is built for. As an example, a tire rated 90R could safely carry 1,323 pounds and travel at 106 mph.

## How do you tell how old a tire is?

To determine the age of your tires, check the last four digits of the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number stamped on the tire’s sidewall contains a date code that identifies the age of your tires.

## Where is the best place to buy tires?

Generally speaking, you’ll find some of the lowest prices at Walmart and Discount Tire Direct, while Tire Rack offers the biggest selection. Sam’s Club, BJ’s Tire Center and Costco offer some of the best overall tire-buying experiences including low average prices, free services and convenience.

## What is the 3 tire rule?

Yes, your comprehensive coverage will cover three slashed tires, or any amount of slashed tires, whether it is one or four. It is a popular misconception that insurance companies won’t cover three slashed tires, that it would have to be all four for the car owner to file a claim.

## What does the red dot on a tire mean?

The red dot indicates the tire’s high point. Most of the time, a wheel will also have a dot —either a drilled dot or a sticker to indicate its low point.

## What does V mean on tires?

Speed Rating V Once the highest speed rating a tire could have, “ V ” used to represent a maximum of 149 mph (240 kph) or more. Nowadays, it means 149 mph but no higher.

## Can I use 235 tires instead of 225?

Yesthat size will work 100% perfectly, as it is the exact same diameter as the 225 /75-16. 235 /70-16 is actually a shorter tire.

## How tall is a 17 inch tire?

17 INCH TIRES | TIRE HEIGHT |
---|---|

225 35 17 | 23.20 |

245 35 17 | 23.75 |

315 35 17 | 25.68 |

335 35 17 | 26.23 |

## What does the last number on a tire mean?

The very last number in the sequence, “15,” is the diameter of the tire. This is an important number —this is the number you’ll refer to when you need to know your tire size! The “15” indicates that this particular tire would fit a rim with a 15-inch diameter.

## How long is a tire good for?

There is a general consensus that most tires should be inspected, if not replaced, at about six years and should be absolutely be swapped out after 10 years, regardless of how much tread they have left. How do you know how old your tires are? There’s a code on the sidewall that you can read about here.

## How old of a tire is safe?

While there’s no federally sanctioned safety guidance on when a tire is too old to be safe, many carmakers recommend replacement at six years from the date of manufacture. Old tires have been the culprit in fatal accidents.

## How can you tell how old a Michelin tire is?

The first two letters or numbers identify the tyre’s manufacturer and plant code. tyres produced after 1 January 2000, have a 4-digit date code at the end of the DOT number. The first 2 digits represent the week of production and the last 2 digits represent the last 2 digits of the year of production.