The first thing that one needs to consider while going for a new set of tyres is its size. Different cars are compatible with different sizes of tyres. One size doesn’t fit all. An SUV, for example, uses significantly larger tyres than a coupe. This difference is kept in mind by us when you come to Nil’s Tyres Services in Blackburn for buying car tyres in Blackburn.
Tyre size compatibility plays a crucial role in the drivability of any car. If you fit tyres that are not in tune with the manufacturer’s recommendation, you will experience the following disadvantages:
- Reduced mileage
- Increased jerking
- Reduced handling control
- Damage to other parts like the suspension system.
Therefore, it is crucial that you fit tyres that are in accordance with the vehicle’s manufacturer recommended size. You may find this size inscribed on the sidewall of your OE tyres. It is also mentioned in the owner’s handbook.
Decoding tyre markings:
You may notice an inscription, for example: 215/55 R16 Y on the sidewalls of your tyres. This is the size of that particular tyre. Many drivers have difficulty in deciphering this alphanumeric code. A basic guide to tyre size marking is provided below.
We will use 215/55 R16 Y as an example for the purpose.
This code denotes five different aspects of a tyre-
- Width, which is 215mm in this case.
- Aspect ratio, or the ratio between the width and height of the tyre sidewall. In this example, it is 55, which means that the height of the sidewall is 55% of its width.
- Type of tyre, represented by the letter ‘R’ in this example. ‘R’ stands for radial.
- Rim diameter in inches, which in this case, is 16.
- Speed index, represented by ‘Y’. A ‘Y’ speed rating means that you can drive your car at 186 mph safely on this tyre.
For your convenience, we are also providing some popular models of cars and their respective tyre sizes:
215/55 R16 - Audi A3, A4, Ford Focus, Honda Accord, Mercedes-Benz E & S-Class.
215/50 R18 - BMW 3 & 4 Series, Jaguar XJ, Toyota Estima.
235/55 R18 - Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Captiva, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volvo V90 Cross Country.
Tyres by size at our garage:
At Nil’s Tyre Services, we have an enormous collection of tyres across every size bracket. Whether you drive a sedan or a hatchback or an SUV, we have the appropriate size of car tyres in Blackburn.
If you are still unsure about your tyre size, bring your car to our workshop and let our experts take a look. We will then provide you with options from different recognised manufacturers corresponding to the tyre size for your vehicle.
So, what’s the delay? Visit us today to get the best set of tyres in Blackburn.