Tires don't last forever and when it is time to replace them, it important to understand what you need and that you are getting the right tires for your car, truck, or SUV. While they may all look very much the same on the outside, there are some important differences that you need to be aware of before you select new tires for your ride. Here are some things to consider before you buy your next set of Nissan tires.
Getting the Right Size
Getting tires that are the right size for your vehicle is probably one of the most important things you can do for the car. A tire that is not the right size can rub on the undercarriage or body of the car and cause other problems that you might not even be aware of. Getting the right size tire for your car, truck, or SUV is easy. Check the owner's manual for the right size tires and if you don't have the owner's manual, open the driver's side door and get the numbers off the tag located at the back edge of the door. These sizes are recommendations from the manufacturer and should be used on the car if at all possible.
Tires and speed
There are a couple things to consider when speed is a factor in your car. First, you have to remember that changing the tire size on the car may cause the speedometer to be off in one direction or the other. The speedometer is calibrated to use a specific tire and changing that tire size can impact that a lot. Secondly, if your car has a speed rated tire on it, it is best to stay with the same tire rating. Some sports cars have tires that are designed to handle high speeds and the can is tuned to those tires. The suspension, steering, and traction may all depend on that specific tire so talk to the dealer before replacing them with a different type of tire.
Light Truck Tires
When you are ready to replace the tires on your truck or SUV, check the tire sizes in the owner's manual for optional tire sizes. A lot of trucks and SUVs have optional sizes that allow you to have a larger, heavy-duty tire on the truck if you use it for hauling, towing or frequent off-highway travel. The optional tires sizes are ones that have been tested on the truck and that manufacturer has determined to work as they should with all the other components of the truck. These optional tires may or may not have a brand recommendation but talk to the salesman at the local tire shop to get the options available to you in that size range.