Oftentimes we take certain body parts for granted. Eyes? Yeah I can see out of them, until something gets in them via the wind or an eyelash. Legs? You can walk on them but one day they’re very stiff from the harsh workout you did the other day. So why do the same to your vehicle? Do you ever wonder about the engine? Lights? Tires? We may be able to push a car down the street without gas or oil in the engine but how would you get anywhere without tires? Something to consider but most of us go from day to day without giving it a second thought of how we actually get around on our vehicles.

Tires are a very vital part of an automobile, just as feet are to the body. The two play the same roles- we cannot “roll” down the street without tires because they act as our feet. If one is low, we must put air in it. If it becomes damaged, we must have it replaced. The early tire or wheel was invented over 3000 years ago and made out of wood or metal. Some of these trips were not very comfortable but it got the job done for the purpose it was intended for. As time continued to progress, rubber replaced the current wheel but it didn’t perform well in heat. Charles Goodyear vulcanized rubber with sulfur to sustain all elements in 1839, making tires good enough to be put on the road for long periods of times with comfort.

There are a sequence of letters and numbers or codes on tires that tells much about it. It’s located on the sidewall of your tie and a manual of what it all means comes with most vehicles. But there may be a time when you cannot get to the manual and must rely on the knowledge of those codes on your tire. These codes tell the size, type, ratio, diameter and performance of your tire. For example, a letter in front of the sequence tell with kind of vehicle it is, like passenger or light truck. The number next to it is the width of the sidewall followed by a slash. The slash separates the next set of numbers. The number next to the slash is the ratio, which is the height percentage of the tire’s width. The letter “R” is next with is tells the radial layers across the tire. Lastly is the diameter of the tire, which is the width for end to end. Other numbers or letters on tires Chula Vista CA tells the maximum load a vehicle should have and the amount of speed one should be limited to.

Who knew your tires could tell such a story? Paying attention to what’s going on with the feet of your automobile is vital to how it will perform for you in the future. Treat it right and watch how it treats you!

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