There could be several reasons to look for new Chevrolet Silverado tires. Maybe as replacements, maybe to improve on the factory originals, or maybe because you’ve done a wheel upgrade and want better rubber to match. Whatever the reason, it’s sometimes better to shop a little and see if there are better options than the factory original tires. If you’d prefer to stay with the OEM option, you can jump below to find more information on what came with your truck.
The reasons for moving to non-OEM tires are many. Automakers trend towards striking a balance between fuel economy, performance, and price when creating a relationship between a tire maker and a vehicle. Those relationships, in fact, can play a large part in the choice too. The best tires for your Silverado may not be the OEM options. Especially if you are not the “average” customer than Chevrolet aims for with their tire choices. Here we will look at the best choices for your Chevrolet Silverado tires, looking at each trim level of the truck as well as budget, mid-grade, and premium tire choices for each.
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Most Chevrolet Silverado models have 17-inch wheels as standard, though wheel sizes can vary by trim level and options choices. The tire choice for the Silverado changes according to whether the truck is off-road focused (as in the Trail Boss models) or highway comfort-focused (as with all other trims).
For trucks with larger wheels, Chevrolet often upsizes tires from the same manufacturer and product line.
Continuing our focus on the 17-inch standard tires found on most models of the Silverado, here we are looking at the best tire brands for the truck. When choosing the best tires for your Silveraod, brand can be important. Many brands include warranties, have a better reputation for reliability and good dealings, or are competitively priced. The brands below fall into the same budget categories as our above choices (budget, mid-grade, and premium) and come highly recommended by consumers like you.
The two things that affect tires the most are time and mileage. When tires are made, they have a limited lifespan before their compounds may begin to break down or change. The mileage on a tire is a general indication of its wear and usage, similar to how mileage on your Silverado determines its wear and tear.
Neither time nor mileage are perfect indicators of a tire’s usability or service life. Time can be relative if the tire has been stored well or otherwise cared for. Mileage may not indicate what type of usage the tire underwent, with some uses causing more wear than others. These two metrics are just general measurements.
Most tires are made to last about five years under normal storage or use. On the sidewall of every tire made for sale in the United States is a raised date code. This code is part of a 12-digit DOT code that gives other information about the tire as well, including place of manufacture and origin of the compounds used. The DOT code is broken into three sections of four numbers each. The date code is the final four numbers, the first two being the week of the year the tires were made and the last two being the year itself. A date code of 1720 indicates that the tire was manufactured in the 17th week of 2020, or April 20-26, 2020. A date code of 3019 would indicate the 30th week of 2019 (July 22-28, 2019).
Mileage is another indicator of a tire’s lifespan. Expected mileage is determined by the manufacturer and indicated by a mileage code that is usually included with the tire’s sizing information. The Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) rating is the industry standard for tire grading for mileage expectations. The UTQG assumes average temperatures and usages for the tire and is based on a baseline durability rating for each tire type. Most tires will have their UTQG rating on their sales information and many have it embossed in the tire itself, usually near the sizing information.
A tire rated at 100 has a standard wear rating with ratings going up, usually in increments of 100, after that. The rating number can be multiplied by 100 to get an average mileage expectation for the tire. Thus a Chevrolet Silverado tire with a UTQG rating of 500 has a 50,000-mile average lifespan expectation. Given that these numbers are very relative and highly dependent on actual usage scenarios, the expected lifespan numbers should be taken as a possibility, not a hard-and-fast rule.
Most mileage expectation ratings will be followed by a traction rating. This will be two alphabetic letters. The first indicates how well the tire stops in wet conditions (e.g. rain). This will be an A, B, or C. Each indicates worsening traction. So a tire rated as B has an average stopping traction in wet conditions whereas an A has the best. The next letter is a temperature rating, again with A being the highest tolerance for extreme heat and C being the worst. Thus a tire rated as AB has good wet pavement stopping and average temperature tolerance.
Most buyers of tires for their truck will consider the best Chevrolet Silverado tire replacement timing to be when the tread life or age of the tires is becoming a concern. Most tire shops and professionals can quickly assess tires to determine replacement.
The reasons for going with tires that are not OEM can be many. Sticking with the OEM tires means that the Silverado owner knows that what Chevrolet planned for the truck and expected from it will always be there for that owner. Yet the OEM tires may not be optimal for the intended use that the Silverado owner actually has for the truck.
Chevrolet Silverado models which tow, haul, or go off-pavement (but not necessarily off-road) may be better with tires different from the manufacturer’s originals. Silverado models that spend all of their time on the highway are also likely to benefit from different tire choices from the OEM choice.
Tire choice can affect ride quality, fuel economy, cost of ownership, safety, and many other things during the life of your Silverado. Choosing the wrong tires can become a cost or liability. Perhaps all-weather considerations, winter tire swap-outs, or an intention to haul heavy cargo regularly are considerations that change your choice of tire. All-terrain tire preferences, for example, may dictate mounting winter tires during the coldest months in order to both save tread on expensive A/T tires and improve safety during the winter.
The reasons for choosing non-OEM replacements can be many.
The Silverado was designed to have a specific circumference of tire and wheel in order to maintain the truck’s height and clearance profiles. In order to maintain that, the factory defaults are used as a baseline for changing wheel or tire sizes for the truck. Tire sizes are determined by a height of the sidewall that is determined as part of the width of the track (see below for details). The height of the sidewall affects the ride height of the truck and must be in concert with the wheel the tire is mounted on.
This is why when changing tire sizes, it’s important to change wheel sizes to match. For example, adding a larger wheel to change the look of your Silverado should coincide with changing the tire size to a shorter sidewall in order to maintain the height and clearance ratio of the truck. Further, keeping the same overall circumference of wheel and tire keeps the truck’s sensors and speedometer in sync, avoiding expensive reprogramming. It also maintains the truck’s safety profile, load height, and trailer hitch height. Also important considerations with a Silverado.
Reading tire sizes is fairly easy once the numbers are understood. Tire sizes are listed in three number sets combined together plus another number indicating the tire’s rating. The standard Chevrolet Silverado tire size is 255/70R17 112S. Lets break that down to find out what each section of numbers and letters means:
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Inside the driver’s side door frame is a white and yellow label which indicates tire sizes, pressures, and other information for your truck. These are the factory settings and even aftermarket replacement tires usually conform to these numbers. Tire pressures will be indicated in both “cold” and “hot” numbers (usually 32 and 35 psi respectively). Note that the tire pressure listed on the tires themselves is their MAXIMUM tire inflation pressure, not their optimal pressure.
Most tire manufacturers will give a rotation interval for their tires. The OEM tire rotation interval for the Chevrolet Silverado is 7,000 miles (roughly twice a year). It’s important to the life and wear of your tires that rotations happen regularly.
Every Silverado sold comes with a tire change kit as part of its basic equipment. This is typically stored behind the rear seats, under the front passenger’s seat, or under the rear seats, depending on the cab size and configuration of your Silverado. The kit includes a basic screw jack, a lug wrench to fit your factory lug nuts, and parts that assemble into a long rod to lower the spare tire from underneath the cargo bed. It’s recommended that Silverado owners consider upgrading their basic kit to include emergency markers, jumper cables, and a more heavy-duty jack.
Online retailers are a great start towards finding a good price for tires for any vehicle, including your Silverado. Most online stores have affiliations with physical stores that may be near you and most have comprehensive fit guides and other information to help you make a choice.
This depends on the retailer chosen. Physical shops, of course, do not usually include shipping as a line item on their tires, but lump that cost in with the price of the tires or installation. Most online retailers have relationships with local shops and likely do not charge shipping for tires either.
This may vary according to the tires ordered, where they’re shipping from, and how they’re being shipped. Most online tire orders are shipped and received within a week of order. If you live in the hinterlands, expect shipping to take longer than if you live in downtown Big City.
This will depend on the geographic area, services included, and so forth. Most tire mounting and installation costs are within a $15 and $50 range. Services which only mount the tire to a wheel and then mount that to the Silverado will be on the cheaper end. Higher-quality mounting to include balancing and new valve stems will be higher cost. We recommend that you pay for the highest-quality mounting service you can afford. It pays in the long run.
Usually the answer is no. If there has been damage to the TPMS, then some work may be necessary, but for the most part this system is self-contained and does not require replacement. Most TPMS components can be moved from one wheel to another as well, so if wheel replacements are going along with your tire replacement, you shouldn’t need a new TPMS.
Most definitely you can. Sometimes, specials and rebates can make buying winter tires online a no-brainer.
They quite often can be. There is no requirement to purchase tires and wheels from the same retailer or even at the same time, but it can help. Sometimes they’re in packages. This is especially true of winter tires, which often come pre-mounted on wheels for convenience.
Yes, though discounts are more prevalent. Up-front savings from purchase are more common online, but after-sale rebates and incentives are certainly not unheard of. Some rebates are based on where the tires are mounted to the vehicle, offering a tie-in with a local installer and the cost of mounting and balancing the new tires.
Ordering your tires online vs. the shop will save you money