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New tires: how important is load rating?

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New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by JimBee » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:45 pm

Stopped at Costco yesterday to check out tires. I asked about 205 55 16's. Clerk wouldn't give me options without the load rating, so he insisted on knowing the car make, model. Volvo 855 I think he said load rating is 89 v and no other load ratings are suitable.

I've seen several brands that I might be interested in, but they were listed without load ratings.

Any opinions on this?

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Re: New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by RussB » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:52 pm

I get a lot of tire info at,


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Re: New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by erikv11 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:02 pm

The load rating there is 89. I think that may be the minimum in a 16 inch tire, the 195-60-15s you can get in 87 or 88.

The V is a speed rating. Most will indeed be H or V.

Every tire has a load and speed rating, not sure what you are saying about not listed.
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Re: New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by precopster » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:11 pm

That load rating may prevent an insurance company from honouring a claim if they see a shredded tyre with a lesser rating than specified by the manufacturer, however the tyre got that way.

It's an all up rating including mass of car, 4 passengers, their luggage and about 50kg of down force on a towing hitch. In real world driving a lesser rated tyre would be fine.
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Re: New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by JimBee » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:28 pm

Good points, thanks. The tire ads I've seen (on line) didn't specify the load rating. From what you're saying they'll be on the tires and info will or should be available from the seller, so a closer look before buying would be a good idea.

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Re: New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by precopster » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:46 pm

Maufacturer's (USA) websites are the definitive place to go for load ratings. Dealer's websites may be incorrect or incomplete. Good luck with finding a good set!!
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Re: New tires: how important is load rating?

Post by Ozark Lee » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:59 pm

I got into it with Sams Club and they insisted that I buy 195-60-15s for my '94 since that is what the sticker in the fuel door said. Problem is that the car had 16" Columba's on it. They refused to sell me tires so I just went down the street.

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