This two- or three- digit numeric code indicates the tire’s load index. It is an index that relates to how much weight a tire can carry. You may find this information in your Owner’s Guide. If not, contact your local tire dealer.Note: You may not find this information on all tires because it is not required by law.
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Your Ford/Lincoln Dealership Service Advisor or Quick Lane Retailer tire specialist is your best source for current tire pricing and availability. Pricing and Inventory information is updated daily by 3AM Eastern Standard Time. Price quotes are good through the last business day of the month, upon presentation of the printed price quote to the dealer at the time of purchase. Price shown is for in-stock tires only. Additional quantities not currently in-stock may be available. Ford/Lincoln or Quick Lane dealerships have access to thousands of tires from many tire distributors. Selected tires may be available upon customer request within 48 hours or less. Contact your Ford Dealer Service Advisor or Quick Lane Manager for details. Ford/Lincoln Dealers and Quick Lane Retailers, not Ford Motor Company, are responsible for the accuracy of tire pricing and availability data contained on this website.
Sidewall is another way of saying, "visible side of the tire."
Tire Manufacturer sidewall definitions
A tire's load range, load index and speed rating. More information:
A letter symbol that follows the load index indicates the tire's speed rating. The speed rating denotes the speed at which a tire is designed to be driven for extended periods of time under a standard condition of load and inflation pressure. The tires on your vehicle may operate at different conditions for load and inflation pressure. These speed ratings may need to be adjusted for the difference in conditions. The ratings range from 81 mph (130 km/h) to 186 mph (299 km/h). These ratings are listed in the following chart.Note: You may not find this information on all tires because it is not required by law.
*For tires with a maximum speed capability over 149 mph, tire manufacturers sometimes use the letters ZR. For those with a maximum speed capability over 186 mph, tire manufactures always use the letters ZR.Source: consumerreport.org
Where do I find my tire size? To find your original equipment tire size, load carrying capacity, speed rating and PSI (cold) inflation specifications, check your vehicles' placard.
Where is the placard located? If you have a newer vehicle, the placard is located in the driver's side doorjamb. If you have an older vehicle, look for the placard in the rear doorjamb, glove box, under the hood, in the fuel door or in your owner's manual.
How do I read my tire size on the placard? The following diagram illustrates some of the important aspects of your tire size:
Metric Type (P) The "P" indicates the tire is for passenger vehicles. "LT" would indicate a light truck tire.
Width (215) This three-digit number gives the width in millimeters of the tire from sidewall edge to sidewall edge. In general, the larger the number, the wider the tire.
Aspect Ratio (65) The two-digit number, know as the aspect ratio, gives the tire's ratio of height to width. Numbers of 70 or lower indicate a short sidewall for improved steering response and better overall handling on dry pavement.
Construction Type (R) The "R" stands for the radial. Radial ply construction of tires has been the industry standard for the past 20 years.
Rim Size (15) This two-digit number is the wheel or rim size's diameter in inches. If you change your wheel size, you will have to purchase new tires to match the new wheel size.
Source: safercar.gov. The placard is only an example. Your vehicle placard may look different.
Tire Types are tire categories describing different attributes and tire performance levels as determined by the respective Tire Manufacturer's definitions.
All tire manufacturers provide a basic limited warranty that covers workmanship and materials for a specific time frame or mileage limit. In addition to the Tire Manufacturers basic limited warranty, this Tire Manufacturer offers a supplemental limited mileage/tread warranty that applies to this tire. If the tire fails to meet these tread-wear limits, the manufacturer will replace the tire with an equivalent new tire. See the Tire Manufacturer’s warranty information for details, restrictions and exclusions by selecting the tire details.
About Warranties...Warranties are governed by both state and federal laws and regulations. Everyone should have a basic understanding of warranty coverage, as well as their obligations under the law and under the rules of good business.
Vehicle trim level (examples: the "SE" in "Ford Focus SE," or the "i Sport" in "Mazda 6 i Sport") is required to narrow down our wide selection of name-brand tires for your specific vehicle.
By not choosing an option in the "Trim" drop-down box, you will see tire listings for all trim levels available for your vehicle model, not just the tire listings that fit your vehicle's particular trim level.
Vehicle trim level is often indicated by chrome badging on the rear or trunk area of the vehicle. It is also typically printed on the vehicle's window sticker (also known as the "Monroney" sticker), among other vehicle paperwork.
Trim level can affect many aspects of the vehicle that are related to performance, such as stability and handling, advanced electronics, and weight. Therefore, it is important to choose a tire that works best with your vehicle’s trim level.
Uniform Tire Quality Grades (UTQG) apply to new pneumatic passenger car tires. The Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section width.
Treadwear: The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one-half times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate.
Traction: The traction grades, from highest to lowest are AA, A, B, and C. The grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.WARNING: The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead braking traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning or peak traction characteristics.
Temperature: The temperature grades are A (the highest), B and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law.WARNING: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure.
Source: Ford Owner's Guide