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What is a Tire Load Range?

Tire load range is the maximum weight your tires can support.

It helps identify tire strength and how much load your tire has the ability to carry at its industry-suggested air pressure.

Do all tires have a specific load range?

Yes. However, most passenger (P-metric) tires are manufactured in a standard industry load range unless otherwise specified. A passenger tire that requires more strength than the standard load range will be branded “extra load” and identified by XL in their description. An example of this would appear as P235/75/R15 XL and is located on the sidewall of your tire.

What is a tire load range?
Purchasing new tires can seem overwhelming. Start by breaking down each component of the tire such as brand, type, size, tread pattern, speed rating and load range. The below article will help inform you as to what a tire load range is and why it is important. It is necessary to understand tire load range to make an educated decision to which new tires to buy.

Light truck (LT) tires are often available in multiple load ranges. Load range for this tire is identified by a letter following the description. Letters further along in the alphabet identify stronger tires. These can withstand higher inflation pressures and carry heavier loads. An example of this would appear as LT245/75/R16 E and is located on the sidewall of your tire.

Match Your Current Range

In all cases, it is important to make sure a new tire’s load range will either match or be greater than the current load range. You want to make sure your tires are sufficient to carry the weight of your vehicle.

Load Range Ply Max Load Pressure
B 4 35 PSI
C 6 50 PSI
D 8 65 PSI
E 10 80 PSI
F 12 95 PSI

If you are unsure about which tires you need, you can always use Farm and Fleet’s tire look up service or consult with your trusted auto technician. There are tires for cars, truck, SUVs, trailers and more. We also offer tires services such as tire balancing, tire repair and more. Learn more about finding the right tires for your vehicle on our blog.


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