What Do the Numbers on a Tire Mean?

Close up of a tire size 225/60 R 16

If you look closely at the sidewall of your tire, you’ll find a series of seemingly jumbled numbers and letters that might not make much sense if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for; so, what do the numbers on a tire mean? You might be surprised to learn that within that confusing code is everything you could ever want to know about that particular tire. And having that information available makes it easier for technicians to get the right tires for your specific vehicle.

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How to Tell if You Need New Tires

A closeup view of a worn, ready to be replaced tire.

Unless your tires are completely bald or in multiple pieces along the side of the highway, it’s not always easy knowing how to tell if you need new tires or not. Tires slowly wear down with age and identifying potential problem areas can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. As long as they get you from point A to point B safely, tires are kind of an afterthought for a lot of drivers.

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How to Check Tire Pressure

Hand holding pressure gauge for car tyre pressure measurement

Knowing how to check tire pressure is one of the most important ways to keep your vehicle safe and ensure you’re getting the most life and the most mileage out of your tires. Any tire, regardless of price, brand, age, or wear, can lose air pressure over time. It is normal. It doesn’t automatically mean your tire is going bad or needs repairing or replacement. It just happens. Fortunately, checking the air pressure in your tires and inflating them when necessary are both very simple.

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How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

car mechanic screwing the wheel at auto repair garage

Your vehicle’s tires are built to last you tens of thousands of miles of drive time, but only if you give them the proper care (and this includes knowing how often you should rotate your tires). Sticking to a regular rotation schedule can keep your vehicle safe and in proper working order throughout the life of your tires. Yet as important and painless as the task is, it’s one aspect that too many vehicle owners seem to forget. In fact, a lot of drivers don’t pay any attention at all to their tires until it’s too late and the damage …

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Why Is My Tire Pressure Light On?

“Why is my tire pressure light on? Are my tires flat? Do I need to pull over? How much is this gonna cost me?” All valid questions when you notice that amber light on the dash pop on. Your tire pressure light is there to notify you that something may be a little off regarding your tire pressure. But no need to worry. Fortunately, in most cases it isn’t a “pull over to the side of the road, call for help, and start pricing out new tires” kind of alert. Your vehicle’s tire-pressure monitoring system light (or “TPMS light”) is …

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How Long Do Tires Last?

Car tire with signs of wear in need of replacement

Unfortunately, even the best of tires do not last forever…but how long DO tires last, you ask? That depends on a number of factors including road conditions, driving style, treadwear rating, and more. On average, you can expect to get around 50,000 to 60,000 miles out of a decent set before it’s time to replace your tires. Of course you can certainly get far beyond that if you invest in a higher quality tire, drive modestly, keep tires properly inflated, and have just a bit of luck on your side as well. On the flip side, there are countless variables …

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Holiday Hours

Telle Tire stores will be closed on Dec. 24th and 25th and January 1st

KC Complete Auto stores will be Closed Dec. 24th, 25th, 26th and January 1st

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from all of us at Telle Tire & Auto Centers! As we approach the end of 2020, we reflect on the simpler things in life: health, family, friends and time. Prior to this year, we may not have thought twice about driving to work, kids attending school and unlimited access to loved ones. Each year we realize how wonderful our customers are and this year took that to the next level. The relationships we have in place, in some cases for years or multi-generations, has kept our business moving along throughout this unprecedented year. We could not have made it through 2020 without you.
On behalf of our associates and the Telle family, we thank you for your business, support and friendship.
In 2020, Telle Tire expanded into the Kansas City market through the acquisition of KC Complete Auto Service, including five store locations. Most recently, expansion within the South County Area at 270 and Tesson Ferry. From full diagnostics and winter service packages to tires and alignments, we are here for you with 16 locations across Missouri.
As the fourth-generation owner of Telle Tire, I don’t take lightly the important responsibility I have to ensure the personal level of service that was provided by my great-grandfather and grandfather continues today. This pandemic has been quite possibly the most unique encounter our four-generation business has faced since the early 1940’s. In 2020, our level of service has been unparalleled with additional safety protocols amongst the pandemic. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, please let us provide you with the convenience of loaner cars and valet service to ease the stress of the holiday season if we can be of service.
The Telle family has been driving your way for 78 years and we look forward to many more years of servicing your automotive needs. From our family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and safe holiday season!
Aaron & Laura Telle

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J&W Automotive

J&W Automotive is now Part of the Telle Tire & Auto Centers Family For years, when you had car troubles in South County, you’d turn to the go-to shop in the area – J&W Automotive. From batteries to brakes, to tune-ups — their friendly and reliable staff has worked to make sure your vehicle is reliable and safe. Now those same smiling faces are joining the Telle Tire & Auto Center family. Like J&W Automotive, Telle Tire & Auto Centers are family-owned and operated with a focus on building lasting relationships with customers like you. We take seriously the relationships …

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Assured Automotive

Telle Tire Eureka Building

Assured Automotive in Eureka is now part of the Telle Tire & Auto Center family The same team of friendly, experienced professionals are still there – only the name and signage have changed. For over 15 years, Assured Automotive has proudly served the Eureka community. Recently, Assured Automotive became part of the Telle Tire & Auto Center family. Just like Assured Automotive, Telle Tire & Auto Center has built a reputation based on friendly service, family values, and of course, top-notch maintenance and service. We are pleased to bring our high quality of customer service, substantial years of experience, and …

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Kwik Kar

Telle Tire Jefferson City

Kwik Kar in Jefferson City is now part of the Telle Tire & Auto family Telle Tire & Auto Centers is excited to announce its addition of a Jefferson City location, at the former Kwik Kar Lube & Tune storefront off Truman Blvd. For four generations and more than 75 years, Telle Tire & Auto Centers has served the St. Louis community and built a reputation based on friendly service, family values, and of course, top-notch maintenance and service. We are pleased to bring our high quality of customer service, substantial years of experience, and expanded services to the families …

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