How to Read the Information on the Side of a Tire

It may seem like there’s too much information on the side of your tire to remember. With a little practice and help from your friends at Jack Kain Ford Inc., you can crack the basic code needed to choose the correct tires for your vehicle.

The strand of abbreviations usually begins with a letter. A "P," for example, tells you it’s rated for a passenger car. Following the letter is a three-digit number. A 225 is the tire’s width in millimeters. Directly after that number is a slash and then a two-digit number. A 65, for instance, is the ratio of the tire’s height to its width. It means that the height is 65% of the width. From there is another letter, usually an "R" for radial. The final two-digit number represents the wheel’s diameter. A 15 tells you that the tire will fit on a 15-inch wheel.

The knowledgeable technicians at our Ford service station in Versailles, KY are happy to answer specific questions about the best fitting tire for your vehicle.

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