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Old 08-30-2017, 09:21 AM
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I have a fairly new to me 2002 Mercedes e320 4matic wagon. It currently has 215/55r16-93h Contipro contacts on it that have a date code of 4209. The tires have 6-7/32 of tread left but, at least 2 of them have broken belts in the last 2 months. I live at the end of a 1 mile long, steep in spots, gravel/stone driveway. The reason for the 4matic was the driveway and here in the "mountains" of western Virginia some snow during the winter.

So here is my question does the load rating on the tire indicate a better construction of the tire as far as, the old "ply" rating. Therefore giving the tire a better chance of not having belts break, ie. stone breaks. Or does it not mater and the breaks are just due to the age of the tires and how long they sat.

I am trying to figure out weather to go with the 97 load rated General Altimax RT43's or the Continental DWS with a load rating of 93. If the load rating does not mater and the tires are effectively the same price then I am leaning toward the Conti's.

Thanks, in advance for any insight.
Old 08-30-2017, 10:30 AM
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The last 2 # is load and speed rating... for weight
The load rating is how much load the tire is designed to carry

honestly - I would be more concerned about the 2009 tires...
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a load index of 93 =1433 lbs
97 = 1609 lbs

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=35
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So those are tires built in October of 2009 - a little past their useful life.
load rating is just that - how much weight it can handle, it often indicates slightly thicker material in the belts. it should be a stronger tire, but also a harder riding tire.
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Thanks for the input everyone.

I think I have determined that unless you go to LT tires there is not much difference in the construction, between different load ranges. So the Conti DWS06's are ordered.
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Originally Posted by skedaddle View Post
Thanks for the input everyone.

I think I have determined that unless you go to LT tires there is not much difference in the construction, between different load ranges. So the Conti DWS06's are ordered.
Good choice. I had them on my 01 E430. Went through a couple of sets before I sold the car with 357,000 miles on the clock.
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Construction doesn't matter so much when you are talking about an 8 year old tire. Well past their shelf life.
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The tires you are considering are really OEM quality tires. They are okay for most folks.

Since you are asking so much out of your tires, why don't you.spend another $20 or $30 and go a top level tire like a Michelin.
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Since you are using your car more like an SUV ought to be used, consider a more robust all terrain type of tire such as the Pirelli Scorpion, Bridgestone Dueler, Michelin Defender, Yokahame Geolander etc.

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