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Tire Clearance Event Plus, an additional 20% Off Select Tires
Receive an Additional 20% Off Select Tires with your online order with promo code: ROLLOUT20 when scheduled for installation on PepBoys.com and installation is completed between 7/27/16 through 8/3/16. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or promotions. This is an online only offer and cannot be purchased in stores. Valid on select in stock tires only, those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results and product detail pages. All other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer

Safety Ratings for Light Trucks & Some SUVs: Load Range

You’ll probably never need to get this technical but here’s some additional info on how your tires are constructed and the job they’re supposed to do.


You’ll probably never need to get this technical but here’s some additional info on how your tires are constructed and the job they’re supposed to do.

Load Range describes a tire’s ability to carry a maximum load at an industry-specified inflation pressure without deterioration of performance.

Passenger tires feature named load ranges while light truck and SUV (LT) tires use load ranges that ascend in alphabetical order. Letters further along in the alphabet indicate sturdier tires that can withstand higher inflation pressures and carry heavier loads.

A light truck tire's load range does not count the actual number of body plies found inside the tire, but indicates an equivalent strength based on earlier bias ply tires.

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LOAD RANGEPLY RATINGMAXIMUM LOAD PRESSURE (PSI)
P-Metric TireStandard Load-35
Extra Load-41
Light Truck TireB435
C650
D865
E1080
F8095


Most radial light truck tires actually have one steel and/or two or three fabric body plies.

  • Standard load P-metric will not show a load range but rather a load index like a passenger tire.
  • Extra load P-Metric will be identified with an XL, as in P235/75R15XL
  • Light truck (LT) and flotation tires have their load range listed with a letter, as in LT235/85R16/E or 31x10.50R15/C

The actual load the vehicle can safely carry is based on not only the load range or index of a tire, but also proper inflation. A Pep Boys associate will be happy to answer specific questions using our vehicle specific guides.