Tire Tips

Frequently Asked Questions:

How quickly do you ship tires once they’re ordered?

Items will be shipped within 48 hours of when payment is received. In many cases we’re able to ship your order the same day if payment is received by 12:00 PM, Central Time.

I am buying two new tires. Should I install them on the front or rear of my vehicle?

Always on the rear. In a cornering maneuver on wet pavement, if your front tires lose grip first, your vehicle will tend to lose control by going straight, even in a turn. This is understeer, which can be controlled by slowing down and steering in the direction of the turn.. this will allow your car to come back into line.

But if the rear tires lose grip first, your vehicle, could spin, which is oversteer and more difficult to control, this requires you to make quick, precise steering corrections in the opposite direction of the turn, not a natural reaction. It is easier to control understeer than oversteer.

How do I determine how many pounds of air pressure my tires should have?

1. Look on the door post of the car (usually driver’s side) – inflations pressures are often posted there.
2. Consult your owners manual
3. Ask your friendly tire dealer -give us a call – we would be more than happy to help you determine the correct inflation pressure for your tires.

What are Overstocks?

Overstock is everyone’s term for “we ordered too many and now we can’t sell them!” There is nothing wrong with these tires – other than the fact they haven’t sold quickly enough for a tire dealer. When this happens the dealer with the overstocks will sell these tires at a discount to other dealers, like us. Usually pricing on overstocks will be as low or lower than a blem tire. The only problem is that you never know when manufactures and dealers are going to decide to move the overstocked tires (often it happens right before the fiscal year ends). We are always looking for overstocks to buy so that we can pass the discount along to you!

What are Appearance Blems?

A blem or blemished tire is a tire that the manufacturer has deemed “not perfect”. Usually the imperfection is in appearance only and in no way makes the tire dangerous or unsafe. If a tire was unsafe because of a blem, the tire would be destroyed to avoid liability problems down the road. There is no warranty as far as ride preference or appearance. By law they are covered for tire failure.

Since the blemished tire can not be sold as a first line tire, the price has been discounted for compensation. We buy these tires and pass the discount along to you!

What are Take-Offs?

Take-Off tires, also known as “change over” or “high tread” tires, are tires that have been mounted on a rim and for various reasons, have been “taken off” and discounted in price. These tires are just as safe as a new tire, have nearly all the tread left, but cost much less then a new tire. Where do such tires come from? Read on…

Sometimes when people buy a new car they don’t like the tires that it comes with, so they have the car dealer put different tires on the new car. The dealer then has no use for the “Take-Off” tires and are unable to sell the original tires as new even though they have not been used very much. We buy these “Take-Off” tires and pass the discount on to you.

Another main reason for “Take-Off” tires is ride preference. Sometimes a vehicle owner will not like the way a tire “feels”. When you have driven on a set of tires for 40,000 or even 60,000 miles, you get used to the ride you have received over a two or three year period. When new tires are installed, the vehicle is naturally going to handle differently because of the deeper tread on new tires. Sometimes you experience a little “swerve” or “sway” and you are not sure if it should ride that way. Some people want to try a new set of tires so they take advantage of the “30 day ride guaranty” that most tire dealers offer. Here is how the “30 day ride guarantee” works and why it produces thousands of “Take-Off” tires.

Tire manufactures build millions of tires a year, and for the most part, they are very safe and sound. They also need repeat customers, so when they build the tire, the manufactures want to make sure you receive a mixture of long mileage and performance as well as good drivability. Therefore, the manufactures sell the tires to dealers with the understanding that if there is a customer complaint, the dealer is to replace the tires within a reasonable amount of time (30 days). At this point, the customer gets to try out the new tires and most of the time they find out the replacement tires ride the same as the first set of new tires and are happy for another 50,000 miles.

The question is this: “What happens to the first set of new tires that were taken off of the vehicle? The answer is that in most cases, the dealer will send the tires back to the manufacturer for a ride complaint problem and receives a refund. So what does the manufacturer do with thousands of tires that they can’t sell as new? – Throw them away??? NO WAY – times are tough and competition is steep, so they sell the tires at a discounted price to dealers, such as Your Next Tire, who will not represent them as new tires but will sell for them for what they are – “Take-Offs”. These tires seldom have more than 1,000 miles on them and most times may still have the full tread remaining.

With suing being America’s favorite pastime these days, we have to ask ourselves this question: “Would these major tire manufacturers risk a lawsuit for a $30 Take-Off tire?” The answer of course is NO. These tires are not resold if they are not just as safe as a new tire. All Take-Off tires have been air-checked for leaks, letters buffed off, and cleaned of all dirt and road grime. The white letters and whitewalls have even been protected from ugly black smudges by the same blue coloring that you see on new tires.

What Are Buffed Blems?

These are blems that have had the sidewalls buffed on them to identify that the tires have been deeply discounted and are being sold without warranty. In a lot of cases these tires are out of “factory tolerances” as far as the amount of weight that it may take to balance them.

What is your refund policy

All tires are sold as is. Each item is intended to be a final sale with no return.

How do I read my tire sidewall?

Tire Size Markings

The tire size shown is P185/60R14 82H. The P represents the car type, Passenger. The 185 represents its section width (tire width in mm). The 60 is the tires Aspect Ratio (the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width). The R represents radial tire construction. The 14 represents the rim/wheel size and 82H represents the load index and speed symbol.

Speed Ratings

Speed ratings are determined by indoor laboratory testing methods which measure high speed tire durability under controlled test conditions. These test procedures do not take into account vehicle characteristics, tire under-inflation, tire damage, or road conditions which can lead to sudden tire failure or loss of vehicle control at much lower speeds than indicated by the tire’s speed rating. The validity of using speed rated tires in the U.S. is based on the idea that the tire’s top speed capability must at least equal the vehicle’s top speed capability, since it cannot be assumed that the driver will always observe the speed limit.

Speed Rating – Performance Rating

Recently the speed rating is being referred to as the “Performance Rating” of the tire, since the higher speed rated tires generally offer improved handling and maneuverability compared to lower speed rated tires.

Load Index

Load index indicates the maximum load capacity each tire is designed to support. Like speed ratings, assume near perfect operating conditions to obtain the ratings listed in the table on the left.

Recently the speed rating is being referred to as the “Performance Rating” of the tire, since the higher speed rated tires generally offer improved handling and maneuverability compared to lower speed rated tires.

Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)

Under UTQG, tires are graded by the manufacturers in three areas; treadwear, traction and temperature resistance.

  • Treadwear
    The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear 1.5 times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, vehicle condition, road characteristics, and climate.
  • Traction
    The traction grades from highest to lowest are AA, A, B and C. They represent a tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked “C” may have poor traction performance.
  • Temperature
    The temperature grades are also A, B and C, representing the tire’s resistance to heat generation and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life; excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger tires must meet under Federal safety laws.

Wheel Basics

  • Wheel Width
    Distance between inside of flanges rounded to nearest 1/2-inch. Ensure that wheel width is proper for tire size you intend to mount on it. All tire sizes have minimum and maximum wheel width limits. Correct wheel width is about 75% of tire cross section width.
  • Wheel Diameter
    Distance from bead seat to bead seat across diameter of wheel. Must be exactly the same as tire rim diameter. Mounting a tire of one diameter on a wheel of another diameter can result in violent explosion causing serious injury or even death. Always verify diameter stamped on the wheel and match the tire exactly.
  • Wheel Offset
    Distance between wheel mounting surface where bolted to hub of drum and centerline of rim. Determines vehicle “track” or distance between tires on each axle. Wheels with more negative offset than original wheels move outboard on car. Keep the wheel offsets as close to original as possible to avoid steering difficulties or wheel bearing fatigues. Negative offset on rear increases “track” and may improve stability and handling.

Ply Rating/Load Range

While there is no industry-wide definition of ply rating, truck tires are frequently marked with ply rating and equivalent Load Range. These markings are used to identify the load and inflation limits of that particular tire, when used in a specific type of service. The table shows the conversion of tire markings.

Ply RatingLoad RangePly RatingLoad Range
2 A 14 G
4 B 16 H
6 C 18 J
8 D 20 L
10 E 22 M
12 F 24 N

Should I worry about rotating my tires?

The purpose of regularly rotating tires is to achieve more uniform wear for all tires on a vehicle. Before rotating tires, individual owner manuals should always be consulted for rotation recommendations for specific vehicles. If no rotation period is specified, you should rotate your tires after every other oil change or about every 6,000 miles or at the first sign of uneven wear. If the tires show uneven wear, have a serviceperson check for and correct any misalignment, imbalance, or other mechanical problem before rotating.
Do not include “Temporary Use Only” spare tire in any of these rotation patterns. If you have a spare tire that matches the other 4 tires on your vehicle, you may use any of the rotation patterns and insert the spare in the right rear position and place the tire that would have gone to the right rear position in the trunk as a new spare.

When tire are rotated, inflation pressures should be checked and adjusted for the tire’s new position in accordance with the actual loads on that wheel position and the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

What should I know about tire replacement?

Replacement tires must have:

  • load carrying ability equal to or greater than required by vehicle placard
  • inflation pressure capability equal to or greater then the pressure specified by manufacturer

Tire Mixing:

  • It is preferred that all 4 tires be the same size, speed rating, and construction (radial or bias)
  • Match tire size designations in pairs on an axle, except for temporary use of a spare tire
  • If 2 radial and 2 non-radial tires are used, put the radials on the rear axle
  • Snow tires should be applied in pairs to the drive axle (front or rear) or to all 4 positions
  • When studded snow tires are mounted on the front, they also must be mounted on the rear
  • Match tire sizes and constructions on 4-wheel drive vehicles

Rim and Wheel Selection:

  • Mount tires only on approved rim widths
  • Always check to be certain that the diameter designation for both tire and rim are the same. For example, a P225/75R15 tire must be mounted on a 15″ rim

Calculating Tire Dimensions

Width x Aspect Ratio = Section Height
Section Height x 2 = Combined Section Height
Combined Section Height + Wheel Diameter = Tire Diameter
Example: 185/60R14 85H or 185/60HR14
185mm x .60=111mm
111mm x 2=222mm
222mm + 355.6mm(14″)= 577.6mm or 22.74″
The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, measured from sidewall to sidewall. To convert to inches, divide by 25.4 In the example above, the width is 185mm or 7.28″.
The second number is the aspect ratio. This is a ratio of sidewall height to width. In the example above, the tire is 7.28″ wide, multiply that by the aspect ratio to find the height of one sidewall. In this case, 185×0.60=111mm or 7.28″x0.60=4.36″.
The last number is the diameter of the wheel in inches.
To figure the outside diameter of a tire, take the sidewall height and multiply by 2,(remember that the diameter is made up of 2 sidewalls, the one above the wheel, and the one below the wheel) and add the diameter of the wheel to get your answer.

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