The important tire rating and size information appears on the sidewall of the tires. This must conform to the Uniform Tire Quality Grading standard (UTQG) of the federal government. Numbers appear for tread wear, traction ability, tire size and temperature compatibility.

Tires have a rating for their ability to run safely at sustained speeds and manufacture date serial numbers on the sidewall. There are many web sources for understanding all of these numbers. We are also happy to answer questions with your call or visit. A visual inspection is the primary way to assess a tire’s condition. Tread depth, wear pattern, tiny cracks (“checking”) in the sidewall or bumps indicating damaged belt layers are warning signs. In some low mileage situations you may wish to replace tires that are over 5 years old. This is because tire construction deteriorates with age, sunlight (ultraviolet), speed, and braking conditions.

The best way to shop for new tire is to determine what you want them to do for you. Things to consider are long tread life, all weather traction, more performance in dry conditions or tires for winter driving. Once again, the web has become the place to go to check out tire choices and pricing. Keep in mind the prices posted for tires are usually just that. Therefore shipping, sales tax, dismounting old tire, recycling fees, mounting and balancing, valves, tire pressure monitoring system service (TPMS) are all items that must be considered to arrive at the final cost.

From inspecting your tires to assisting with selecting new tires and installation, we are confident in our cost competitiveness. If you have any questions, please contact us at 719-522-1291 or schedule an appointment through our Service Appointment page.