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Your Handy Tire Buying Guide

Let’s face it – buying tires is something few of us like to do. However, if your tires are balding or leaking air, buying new tires is a necessity.

But with so many different types of tires available on the market, how do you quickly find the ones that are right for your vehicle?

If you need help choosing new shoes for your ride, the knowledgeable and friendly technicians at Silver Lake Auto & Tire Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, are here to help. Not only do we offer affordable tire sales, but we strive to help you select the perfect tires for your vehicle.

Here’s your handy guide to make purchasing your next set of tires a breeze.

Tips on Treads

While all tires look very similar, that doesn’t mean that you should buy the first set of tires you see at our shop. Tire treads, or the deep grooves in the tires, vary widely from tire to tire. It’s important to pick the right tire treads for your car, the weather, and unique driving habits.

For instance, Wisconsin is famous for its severe winter weather. If you plan on driving long distances during the winter months, you should get winter tires with large grooves designed to grip the road firmly. Don’t buy summer tires for wintery conditions. You wouldn’t wear high-heels to walk through a blizzard, would you? The same type of thinking should be applied to your car.

Know the Codes

One of the trickiest things about picking new tires is understanding that mysterious code written on the inside of the tire wall. This code combines letters and numbers that indicate the tire’s size, type, and performance.

Let’s break down this tire code: 236/47 R19.

  • The first three-digit number is the width of the tire. The numbers after the slash mark mean that the height equates to 47 percent of the tire’s width. The larger the ratio, the bigger the tire’s sidewall will be.
  • The “R” indicates that the tire size is Radial, meaning that the layers run radially along with the tire. The number following the “R” is the wheel diameter, or the size of the wheel measured from end to end. In this example, the wheel diameter is 19 inches.

To find the right new tires for your vehicle, stop by Silver Lake Auto & Tire Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, today. Or call us at (262) 567-0284 to book your auto repair appointment.

Written by Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers