How to read extra tyre markings

Most people know how to read simple tyre markings such as the tyre manufacturer, range name and tyre size. Here you can read more about the standard tyre marking. In addition to these, a tyre may also have other, extra markings, which we will discuss now.  

1. Service conditions

Earthmover tyres have different load carrying abilities than industrial tyres, for example. A difference exists between different applications, either ‘loading’ or ‘transport’. The tyre in this example is especially designed for transport/haulage.

2. Maximum load capacity

This section on the tyre gives more information on how heavily the tyre can be loaded. In this example: up to 15,550 kg (40800 lbs).

3. Inflation pressure

This section gives information about how much pressure there should be in the tyre for optimum usage. In this example: 52 5kpa (76 psi).

4. Maximum speed

In this section, you can read the maximum speed of your tyre. In this example: 50 km/h (30 mph).

5. Load Index/Speed Symbol

The Load Index is an international numerical code for the maximum load a tyre can carry at the speed indicated by its speed symbol under service conditions specified by tyre brands. In other words, it is the amount of weight your tyre can support safely. In this example: 209B. Here you can find more Load Index/Speed Symbol data.

6. Star Ratings

Star ratings indicate the strength of the casing and are similar to ply ratings such as bias or radial tyres. The table below can be used as a guide for converting.

Tyre SizeStar markPly RatingTyre SizeStar markPly RatingTyre SizeStar markPly Rating

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