Deciphering 275 60 20 Car and Truck Tires

Buying tires can be quite involved with all the different sizes, types, brands, and numbers such as 275 60 20. The provided information should make it easier to get the tires you need for your car. Many affordable 275 60 20 car and truck tires can be easily found on eBay.

Determining what tires you want

You can look in your car’s manual or at the numbers on your car’s tires to find out the new or used tires you need. If you dont have the manual and all four tires dont have the same number, you can check the compatibility of numbers, such as 275 60 20, on eBay and then enter the make, model, and year of your car in the compatibility checker on the tires product page. That will register your car for the "My Garage" feature. Then, you can go to "My Garage," select your car, and search for tires.

The meaning of p275 60r20

The first letter stands for the type of tire. In this case, the P stands for a passenger tire. Other letters are LT for light truck and T for temporary. The number that follows indicates how wide a 275 60 20 tire size is in millimeters. The next number after the slash provides the tire’s aspect ratio or the tire’s height to its width. The label on tires 275 60 20 indicates they have a ratio of 60, meaning the height is 60% of its width. This ratio would help you calculate, “How tall is a 275 60 20 tire?"

Larger numbers indicate wider sidewalls. The next letter, such as the r in 275 60r20 tires, describes whether the tire features radial (R), diagonal (D), or belted (B) construction. The next number gives the diameter of the wheel needed for a 275 60r20 in inches. The last number is the maximum weight that the tire can carry. This number doesn’t translate directly to pounds. A 75 would indicate 852 pounds, an 89 would indicate 1,279 pounds, and a 100 would indicate 1,764 pounds. The last letter tells the maximum speed at which the tire can safely carry a load. Always replace a tire with one that can handle the same or greater speed.

The key benefits of the different types of tires

Just as with other tires, those marked as 275 60 20 are made in different types, each with a specific purpose in mind, including:

  • All-season tires provide comfort and handling under all road conditions.
  • Touring tires have more responsive handling and a higher speed rating.
  • Performance tires are geared more toward handling than comfort.
  • Summer tires are for wet or dry, warm weather conditions.
  • Highway tires are for long-distance driving on smooth pavement with a truck or SUV.
  • All-terrain tires, or A/T tires, are for severe weather and off-road driving conditions.
  • Mud-terrain tires, or M/T tires, are for mud, sand, and other soft terrain.
  • Winter tires provide traction when the temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be studded to help handle ice.
  • All-weather tires can handle worse conditions than all-season tires, but you may still need winter tires.
  • Temporary spare tires can be compact or full-size tires. Compact spares should only be driven for a short time and never above 50 mph.