Midwest Tire & Auto Repair - Dyer, Indiana 219-322-2200 - Locally Owned and Operated
Tire Care & Buying Guide
Take care of your tires and they’ll take care of you. Here are some quick, simple steps to add time to your tires’ useable lifespan.
How To Read A Sidewall Of A Tire?
The sidewall of the tire is a bio of itself, below is a example of a tire and all the markings on the sidewall rollover the numbers to learn what each one represents.
Do I have to replace my present tires with the same size tires?
Never choose a tire that is smaller in size or has less load-carrying capacity than the tire that came with the vehicle. Tires should always be replaced with the same size designation — or approved options — as recommended by the vehicle or tire manufacturer. The correct tire size can be found on the door placard of the vehicle or by consulting with one of our sales reps. Your current tires’ size can be found by reading the markings on the sidewall.
Where do I install new tires if I only buy two?
If you’re replacing only two tires, be sure to have the new tires installed on your vehicle’s rear axle. Here’s why:
New tires will provide better wet grip than your half-worn tires.
When new tires are installed on the rear, it helps reduce the potential for your vehicle to fishtail or hydroplane in wet conditions. Below is a video that will show you the what could happen if the new tires are installed on the front axle of the vehicle.
Can I mix different speed-rated tires on my car?
If tires of different speed ratings are mounted on a vehicle, the lower speed-rated tires should be placed on the front axle regardless of which axle is driven. This is to prevent a potential oversteer condition. Vehicle handling may be affected, and the vehicle’s speed capacity is now limited to the lowest speed-rated tire.
Can I mix tire types on my car?
For best all-around performance, the same type tire should be used on all four wheel positions. Tires of different size designations, constructions, and stages of wear may affect vehicle handling and stability. NOTE: Some vehicles are intentionally fitted with different size tires on front and rear. Also, DO NOT mix radial and non-radial tires on a vehicle. If mixing tires is unavoidable, NEVER mix radial and non-radial tires on the same axle. If two radial and two non-radial tires are installed on a vehicle, the two radials MUST be installed on the rear axle and the two non-radials on the front axle. For four-wheel drive vehicles, if no instructions for tire mixing appear in the vehicle owners manual, adhere to the following guidelines:
Do not mix sizes. All four tires must be branded with the same tire size.
Do not mix radial and bias-ply tires. All four must be either radial or bias-ply.
Be sure that the outside circumference of all four tires is within 1.5” of each other.
Do not mix tread patterns, such as all-terrain and all-season
Can I replace the tires on my car with a lower speed-rated tire?
When replacing speed-rated tires, you must use replacement tires with ratings equal to or greater than those of the original equipment tires, if the speed capability of the vehicle is to be maintained. The handling of a performance vehicle may be different when the replacement tires are not the same speed rating. Refer to the vehicle owners manual to identify any tire speed rating restriction that could affect operation of the vehicle.