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Repair of Alloy Wheels

Ever wonder what the information molded into the sidewall of a tire means? The markings on the sidewall has some useful information it shows the name of the tire, its size, whether it is tubeless or tube type, the tire grade, speed rating, maximum load, maximum inflation, and important safety warnings.


Passenger Tire Sidewall Information

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Example: P205/65R16

“H” Is the Speed Rating: This tire has speed rating of 130 mph or 210 kph. Speed ratings also tell us about wear. The lower the rating the harder the rubber and the more mileage you will get (tire life) consequently the higher the rating the softer the tire (for better grip) the quicker they wear out.

Speed Symbols Speed Symbols

“P” means this is a passenger car tire (as opposed to a tire made for a truck or other vehicle).

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“205” means the width of the tire in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall. This measurement varies depending on the width of the rim to which the tire is fitted: larger on a wider rim, smaller on a narrow rim. “65” Aspect Ratio: The ratio of height to width; as a percentage. In this example the height is 65% of the width of the tire. “R” Means how the plies are constructed in the tire carcass. “R” means radial. “B” in place of the “R” means the tire is belted bias construction. “D” in place of the “R” means diagonal bias construction. “16” Rim Diameter: The diameter of the wheel inside the rubber, in inches.

Speed Category (MPH) (KM/H)






















Open-ended Speed Category


Above 186 Above 300 *ZR rating refers to open ended speed capability. Warning: Speed ratings apply only to the tire, not to the vehicle. Putting a speed rated tire on any car does not mean the car can be operated at the tire’s rated speed.

Load and Speed rating

P205/65R16 92H “92” Load Index: This tire has an industry-standard maximum load of 1,279 lbs. Different numbers correspond to different maximum loads. The maximum load is shown in lbs. (pounds) and in kg (kilograms), and maximum pressure in PSI (pounds per square inch) and in kPa (kilopascals). Kilograms and kilopascals are metric units of measurement.

Scrape.Ding. Scratch. Scuff.

DOT & Safety Standard Markings The letters “DOT” certify compliance with all applicable safety standards established by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Adjacent to this is a tire identification or serial number; a combination of numbers and letters with up to 11 digits. The two letters “CC” indicate the manufacturer and the plant. The next two digits “9L” are codes for representing the tire size. The final letters represent characteristics of the tire that the manufacturer uses. The numbers on the other hand represent the date the tire was made. (11th week of 2005).

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Maximum Load Limit & Air Pressure These markings indicate the tire’s maximum load-carrying capabilities when the tire is inflated to its maximum inflation pressure, as indicated on the sidewall. This marking indicates the maximum operating inflation pressure of the tire. Not the manufacturer’s (BMW) recommended inflation pressure.

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M+S If you see the markings this indicates that the tire is a snow tire. The letters stand for “Mud and Snow” Before

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