Different Brands, Same Size... Or Is It?

When you make the decision to purchase new tires you may think any tire with the same size on the sidewall will do. Unfortunately, different brands have different standards. An example goes like this: with a 4.80/4.00-8, the 4.80 inches is the height. With one brand the height could be 4.80 inches, another could be 4.90, or even 5.0. You must make sure—with a tape measure—that the new tire is exactly the same size as the old one, no matter what is stamped on the sidewall. Thus if you’re just replacing one tire, it’s best to replace it with the exact same brand and model, so it doesn’t upset the balance of your vehicle. Or, another simple solution is to buy new brands of tires in pairs, to make sure both of the front or back tires of your vehicle have the exact same size.

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