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Car Tires

April 27, 2004

What is the meaning of the numbers that appear on the side of the cars tires?

For example: P 215 / 60 R 16 94 V  (Sometimes without separating spaces)

 Item Description
Example
 Car type:
P
Passenger
LT
Light Truck
 P
Cross section width in Millimeters 215
Slash /
The ratio of sidewall height to cross section width as a percentage
 60
Tier construction: R=Radial-ply R
Wheel diameter in inches
 16
Load index indicates capacity in pounds. (89 = 1279 Pounds)
 94
Speed Rating
 LetterMax. Miles/Hour
 Q 99
 S 112
 T 118
 H 130
 V 149
 Z 150 or more

 V



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