Black Canyon Auto Repair
Montrose, CO 81401
We offer a large selection of tires from Firestone, Bridgestone, Cooper Tire, Michelin, Goodyear and many more. Stop in today and allow us to meet your tire needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tires
What is the difference between a Passenger Tire, Performance Tire, Touring Tire and a Winter Tire?
Generally speaking, the following statements hold true for each type of tire.
A Passenger Tire with a M+S rating will provide all weather traction, a soft ride, and average tire life.
A Performance Tire will provide superior dry weather traction, speed and handling characteristics. These tires are usually a “Low Profile” design, meaning that they have a short, stiff sidewall with an aspect ratio of 65 or less. However, it lacks the ride quality, and all weather traction of the Passenger Tire. The softer, stickier tread compounds used in these types of tires to gain dry weather traction, also lead to a shorter tire life than most Passenger Tires.
A Touring Tire is a bit of a blend of the Passenger Tire and the Performance Tire. It will provide all weather traction, a soft ride, and a tire life that is better than average (usually 65,000 miles or more). It will also provide some of the superior speed and handling characteristics of the Performance Tire, making them the preferred option for driving in Western Colorado’s environment.
Winter Tires provide exceptional Snow and Ice traction for the driver that is looking for the best traction in winter conditions. These tires are designed for traction and handling in cold weather conditions and should only be run during the cold weather months.
How much air pressure should I put in my tires?
Black Canyon Auto Repair generally recommends using the tire pressure that the vehicle manufacturer has specified on the Tire Information Placard. The Tire Information Placard is normally located on the inside driver’s door jamb. This pressure was determined by the vehicle manufacture to give the best overall combination of ride quality, vehicle stability, fuel economy, and maximum tire life.
Why did my tires wear out so fast?
Premature tire wear may be caused by many factors. Lack of timely tire rotation, improper inflation, driving conditions, misaligned vehicles, worn vehicle components and many other reasons can lead to shortened tire life.
At Black Canyon Auto Repair, we have the knowledge and experience to help you determine what can be done to maximize the potential of your tires. Without physically inspecting the tires it is difficult to make a determination as to why your tires wore prematurely. Please feel free to stop by Black Canyon Auto Repair and have one of our trained professionals inspect your tires.
What is on my tire’s sidewall?
The letters and numbers are indicators of the size, type, and performance of the tire.
The letter “P” at the beginning of the “Tire Size” tells us the tire is a P-Metric tire, referring to tires made to certain standards within the United States, intended for Passenger vehicles.
If a tire size has no letters at the beginning, this indicates a Euro metric tire. P-Metric and Euro-Metric tires may have different load capacities.
The letters “LT,” either at the beginning or at the end of the tire size indicate the tire was designed for light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers equip some light trucks with “LT” type tires. These tires generally require higher inflation pressures than passenger tires due to their ability to carry heavier loads.
Tire Width (also know as Section Width) is the width of the tire measured in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall. The first three-digit number in the tire size refers to the tire’s section width. For instance, in a size P215/60 R15 tire, the width is 215 millimeters.
Aspect Ratio is the ratio of the height of the tire to the width of the tire. The two-digit number after the slash mark in a tire size is the aspect ratio. For example, in a size P215/60 R15 tire, the 60 means that the height is equal to 60% of the tire’s width. The bigger the aspect ratio, the bigger the tire’s sidewall will be.
The letter “R” in a tire size stands for Radial, which means the layers run radially across the tire.
Wheel Diameter is the size of the wheel, measured from one side of the wheel to the other. It tells us the size of the wheel that the tire is intended to fit. A size P215/60 R15 tire is made for a wheel with a 15″ diameter.
Speed Rating refers to the maximum speed capability of a tire. Often speed ratings are matched to the top speed capability of the vehicle. For example, a tire with an H-speed rating has a maximum speed capability of 130 mph. Keep in mind that you should never exceed the posted speed limit for the road you are traveling.