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Reading a Tire Sidewall

Tire size is a confusing subject. It's not just about the number on the sidewall—it's about what that number means. Tire sizes can be expressed in several different ways. The most common expression is "215/65R16." This means that the tire has a section width of 215 millimeters, a tire aspect ratio of 65%, and a rim diameter of 16 inches.

The first part of the number is called the section width, or sidewall height, and it's usually expressed in millimeters. 

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