If you’re in the market for new tires, it’s important that you choose the correct tire size for your car’s make and model. Choosing an incorrect tire size can result in uneven wear or even a blowout. Before you head to the mechanic to buy new tires, let’s take a closer look at how tire sizes are determined so you can make an informed decision and find the right replacement size for you.
You may decide that you want a larger replacement tire. Replacing your factory wheels with larger tires and rims is commonly called upsizing. This process is usually performed for looks, or you may just want larger tires to get better performance. Putting larger tires up to 18 inches can improve corner handling, road grip, braking performance, ride comfort, and even the steering feel. On the other hand, upsizing your tires can negatively impact the overall acceleration and fuel economy of your car thanks to the higher weight. Anything over 19 inches in size can often negatively impact almost any type of car.
If you prefer smaller wheels, this process is called downsizing your tires. Many people choose this option if they have a separate set of tires such as snow tires for the winter. If you live in an area with a lot of snow and ice, you may want to downsize since narrower tired tend to handle these types of road conditions much more effectively than larger tires. When choosing winter tires, look for those in a size of approximately 17 or 16 inches.
Focusing on Diameter
The gauges in your car including your speedometer, odometer, torque, and gear settings are all based around the distance that your tire travels every time it makes a complete revolution. This revolution is determined by the outside diameter of the tire and its wheel assembly. Tires with a different outside diameter will travel a different distance over one a single revolution with a completely different amount of torque. It’s important to keep this in mind when changing the diameter of your rims since you’ll need to ensure that the new assembly maintains the same overall diameter of your old tires. If it does not, your speedometer and traction control settings will be off-kilter.
Picking Out New Tires
There are many different factors that go into finding and installing the correct size of tires for your vehicle. Each tire has a code on the sidewall indicating variables like the width of the tire, the ratio of width to height, and the inner diameter. This three-digit code will determine which size tire is right for you. When searching for new tires, let the experts at Village Autoworks help. Located in Woodbury and Roseville, MN, we’re happy to help you find the right size of tire for your unique needs. Give us a call at 651-636-0641 in Roseville or at 651-714-4000 in Woodbury to schedule your appointment today!