When you purchase a new vehicle, you know the tires that come on it are the correct size. But is there ever an instance where the correct tire sizes are ignored? If you purchase a used vehicle or do modifications to your current vehicle, then you need to be aware of what the correct tire sizes should be. Just like a shoe needs to be the correct size for your foot in order to perform correctly all day long, your tires need to be the right size in order for your vehicle to perform.
Check the Manufacturer’s Suggestions
When you purchase a used car, you should check out your tires and then find the manual for what tire the manufacturer recommends. If the two match up, super. No need to worry until it is time to replace the tires. However, if the size is wrong, you will want to replace the tires with the correct size as soon as possible. The wrong sized tire can do damage to the suspension of the car or to the brakes. Tires that are too large can rub on things they are not supposed to. Tires that are too small might not function with the brakes properly, causing or potentially causing an accident. Being in an accident or having to fix the suspension or other parts on the car might cost you more money in the long run than what a set of tires may cost, so it is well worth the expense.
Options for Tire Sizes
Even though a manufacturer may offer suggestions for a vehicle, you may have a use for it that overrules the manufacturer’s suggestions. For instance, you buy a four wheel drive vehicle that comes with decent tires for on the road. However, you want awesome tires for off road to put on your vehicle. And you decide to put a lift kit on the suspension of the vehicle. Thus, tires with thick treads that are a little taller than what the manufacturer recommends would probably be OK. As long as the tire is an approved tire for off road, then you can take it off road safely in your 4×4 vehicle.