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


Tires also have a rating on the sidewall for their abilities to run safely at sustained speeds, serial numbers for date of manufacture and numbers indicating the tire’s size. There are many web sources for understanding all of these numbers or we are 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 rubber sidewall or bumps indicating damaged belt layers are things to look for. In some low mileage situations you may wish to replace tires that are over 5 years old, as tire construction does deteriorate with age, sunlight (ultraviolet) and speed and braking conditions.

The best way to shop for new tires is to determine what you want them to do for you and start from there. Long tread life, all weather traction capabilities, perhaps more performance in dry only conditions or tires installed for the winter driving months. 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, and shipping, sales tax, dismounting old tires, 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 and providing a price quote, we are confident in our being very cost competitive. After that it’s all about service, being pleased you chose Elevation Auto to help you with any problems or information associated with your tires.

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