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What do the numbers on the side of your tire tell you? Learn more about important specifications like load index. Once you’re ready to start shopping, our tire finder will help you get started.

What Does Tire Load Index Mean?

Tire load index is an assigned number that corresponds to the maximum weight that a tire can support when properly inflated.

The higher the tire's load index number, the greater its load carrying capacity.

Choosing a tire with a lower load index than the original equipment specifications means that the tire will not carry the load capacity of the original.


Did you know that there’s a series of numbers on the side of your tire that tells you how much weight each of the tires can carry? This number is called the Tire Load Index. This is a numerical code created as a guide to understanding the maximum weight each tire can support when it’s properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. The indexes are translated to weight. Meaning that the higher a tire’s load index number is, the greater its load-carrying capacity. So how can you find your tire’s load index? It’s located on your tire’s sidewall and listed after the tire’s size. Passenger tires will feature one load index number on its sidewall. To help understand how your load index number associates to the weight in pounds that a tire can carry when properly inflated, view our helpful chart online. Goodyear.com. Tire buying, simplified.

How to Find the Load Index on a Tire?

The load index information may be found on your tire’s sidewall, listed after the tire size information. See the tire load index illustration showing an example of its location.

Tire load index of 97Y highlighted on the tire sidewall of a Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate tire

Light truck load index is displayed differently than regular cars. See below for more details on the Light Truck Load Index.

View the Light Truck product catalog.

Tire Load Index Chart

Most passenger-car tire load indexes range from 75 to 100, but some are higher. The chart shows how load indexes translate to weight.

Load Index Load (lbs)
75 852
76 882
77 908
78 937
79 963
80 992
81 1019
82 1047
83 1074
84 1102
85 1135
86 1168
87 1201
88 1235
89 1279
90 1323
91 1356
92 1389
93 1433
94 1477
95 1521
96 1565
97 1609
98 1653
99 1709
100 1764
Load Index Load (lbs)
101 1819
102 1874
103 1929
104 1984
105 2039
106 2094
107 2149
108 2205
109 2271
110 2337
111 2403
112 2469
113 2535
114 2601
115 2679
116 2756
117 2833
118 2910
119 2998
120 3086
121 3197
122 3307
123 3417
124 3527
125 3638
Load Index Load (lbs)
126 3748
127 3858
128 3968
129 4079
130 4189
131 4289
132 4409
133 4541
134 4674
135 4806
136 4938
137 5071
138 5203
139 5357
140 5512
141 5677
142 5842
143 6008
144 6173
145 6393
146 6614
147 6779
148 6844
149 7165
150 7385

Light Truck Tire Load Index

Light truck tires have two load indexes on the sidewall of the tire, unlike passenger tires, which only have one. This is because light truck tires are often used on vehicles with dual rear wheels.

For example, a light truck tire with a load index of 120/116 means a load capacity for a single tire of 3,086 pounds and a load capacity of 2,756 pounds for two tires.

The reason the capacity for two tires is lower than a single tire is to make sure that the vehicle can continue to carry the load should one tire fail.

Tire load index of 144/141L highlighted on the tire sidewall of a Goodyear G661 HSA tire

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