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HOW TO READ A TIRE SIDEWALL

There’s much more to a tire’s sidewall than the tire size. In fact, there can be as much as 25 different icons and descriptions. Learn how to read them, what they mean, and how you can choose the perfect tire for you.

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Max load, max press and max speed—USA regulation
Tire architecture
M+S mud and snow & 3PMSF pictogram
Traction new regulation (drive tire) or FRT, free rolling tire (trailer only tire)
Specifity Code: 7 different codes to track tire technical specifications.
Tire position code (Letter F for Front axle, D for Drive, T for trailer, Z for all axle) illustrated on a truck silhouette by an arrow that indicates the axle position
Tire size
Indicates added load and speed index (see chart)
Radial, Tubeless, Regroovable: Indicates radial structure of the tire, no inner tube and regroove capacity
Load and speed index (see chart)
Made in ..... : Indicates where tire was manufactured
Place for logistic information: vignette, barcode & matricule number ex:PRZ6596G
DOT: Department of Transportation—the last 4 numbers indicate tire manufacturing date (04: week, 18: year 2018)
Tire evolution number: indicates product generation
Brazil or China homologation
Option name: Indicates optional benefit of the tire (second part of MICHELIN® truck and bus tire new naming)
Range name: Indicates usage of the tire—see naming chart (first part of MICHELIN® truck and bus tire new naming)
Usage pictogram: One per range
Brand tire here: free space for hot branding
X®: Symbol of MICHELIN® Radial tire; it's a registered brand
E2....: CEE homogation number
MICHELIN® registered brand
Warning: Gives user information
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