Take care of your vehicle, and it will take care of you. Hughes Automotive is a full-service tire center, where you not only can buy your tires, but also come back for tire rotation and wheel alignment. Learn about important tire maintenance services.
Misalignment of your vehicle’s front or rear wheels can cause rapid and uneven tread wear which is the primary reason for requiring tire replacement. The benefits of a wheel alignment have major implications to the performance of your car. Alignment can improve driver safety, stop that feeling of pulling, increase fuel efficiency and maximize the life of your tires – and that is just the beginning.
Wheel Alignment and Out-of-Balance Warning Signs
- Your vehicle pulls to right or left when driving
- Your steering wheel is not straight while driving on
a level road
- There is vibration in the steering wheel or through
A wheel alignment restores your vehicle’s alignment to as close to factory specifications as mechanically possible (for most vehicles). Our truck and car alignment specialists completely inspect steering and suspension systems, take computer measurements and make necessary factory adjustments to restore wheel and tire alignment specifications as allowed.
Tire Installation & Balancing
Hughes Automotive offers a wide selection of national brand tires available in all sizes and styles. We offer tire balancing and nitrogen fills to improve the quality of your drive.
Tire Puncture Repair
Flat tires are no fun but don’t let one overwhelm you. First, determine how seriously your tire has been damaged. Many punctures can be repaired. In cases where there is damage to the tire’s sidewall it will have to be replaced as a repair cannot be performed without high risk of damage to the internal structure of the tire. Repairing a tire with minor damage requires dismounting the tire and patching it from the inside.
Caution: Tire changing can be dangerous and should be done by trained personnel using proper tools and procedures.
How to Read Tire Numbers
Tire sizes for both passenger vehicles and light trucks are usually represented by a combination of numbers and letters printed on the sidewall – including a mandatory U.S. Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) approval code.
Below are tips and information to help you learn how to read tire size and other tire markings commonly seen in the U.S.
Original Equipment Approval Code
All tires must have a DOT, Department of Transportation number which indicates the tire has passed all minimum DOT standards for sale in the U.S.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) Marking
The Department of Transportation requires each manufacturer to grade its tires under the Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) system which establishes ratings for treadwear, traction and temperature resistance. These tests are conducted independently by each manufacturer following government guidelines that provide a comparison between the manufacturers’ tested tire and a control tire.
Tire Size Markings
The tire size shown above is 225/50R16. The 225 represents its section width. The number “50″ indicates the tire’s aspect ratio. The last number, “16″ indicates wheel diameter.
- Section Width
Section Width is the width of the tire from one sidewall to the other sidewall in millimeters. The tire numbers in the above example tell us that the tire is 225 millimeters wide.
- Aspect Ratio
Aspect Ratio is the ratio of the sidewall height to the section width. The sidewall height of the example tire above is 50% of its section width.
- Wheel Diameter
Wheel Diameter specifies the size, in inches, of the wheel that a tire fits. The example tire will only fit a 16-inch wheel
Other Tire Markings
The “R” refers to the example tire’s “radial” construction. Radial tires have layers of fabric whose cords run at right angles to the circumference of the tire and whose tread is strengthened by additional layers around the circumference
- Load Index
Load Index indicates the tires Load Carrying Capacity. The example tire’s Load Index is 92, which means it can carry loads up to 1,389 pounds.
- Speed Rating
Speed Rating designates the maximum speed at which a properly installed and inflated tire may be driven. The example tire’s Speed Rating is V, which means it can be driven at speeds up to 149 mph.