Tires are important

Tires play an important role in the safety Tiresof you vehicle and there is no doubt about it that when you need to replace them on your car or truck, they are a sizable investment.  At Arnold’s Marathon, we can help you by finding the right rubber for your vehicle and give you choices as to various price levels to match the performance and durability that you are looking for.


We feature a number of different tire brands and can perform their installation, balancing and even alignment.  By keeping your tires balanced and aligned, can greatly increase the life of the tires allowing you to get the greatest life out of your tires.


Another thing that you can do to extend the life of your tires is to keep them properly inflated.  This allows them to wear evenly and provide protection on the rough roads that you may experience in the New Richmond and Cincinnati areas.  Additionally, keeping a regular rotation schedule, allow more even wear.  We recommend a tire rotation with every other oil change, but this may vary based on the vehicle weight, driving conditions, and even tire quality. Not performing regular tire rotations can lead to uneven tire wear and possibly even failure.


If you are noticing any shaking in your steering wheel or a vibration at high speeds, you may want to have your your vehicle’s wheels balanced and or aligned.  We recommend that you should have your alignment and balancing checked at least every two years, but if you have hit some major pot holes, your vehicle may need to be checked for balance and alignment.


If you are looking for new tires for your vehicle, be sure to give us a call today.


If you have seen the numbers on the sidewall of your tire, but were never quite sure what them meant, it is actually pretty simple. The numbers refer to a the specific tire size.


Let’s break down a common size P185/75/R14

Tire size guide
Tire size guide


First is the P.  This means that it is a passenger car tire and is a P-Metric tire engineered for the US. Other common indicators are T which is a Temporary Spare, and LT which is a light truck which would indicate most personal use trucks (Not Semis)


Secondly is the 185.  This is an indication of the width of the tire in millimeters.


Third is the 75. This indicates the sidewall aspect ratio.  The 75 specifically says that the distance from the rim to the tread.  A larger # indicates a taller tire


Forth is the R. This letter indicates the type of tire construction.  R is a Radial, D is Diagonal or cross ply, and B is Belted. Radial tire construction is the most common while belted tires are hardly ever made these days.


Additionally with the construction, you may see a speed rating indicator. While there used to be various speed rating indicators, the only one that is commonly indicated today is the Z rating which is normally a high performance tire.


The fifth and final indicator is 14 in our example.  This is the diameter of the rim. Most vehicles in the US are in the range of 13 to 20 inches.