Your emails: What do the color stripes mean on your tires?
Hey folks, Brian Cooley from OnCars taking another of your emails about high tech cars and modern driving.
This one comes in from long time viewer Ryan P who says his 18" summer tires just arrived, he ordered them from the Tire Rack, continental DWS 06's, 235/40 18, sounds like some nice tires.
He says why is it I always seem to get a set With all these funky colored lines on them would you be annoyed?
Okay the colored lines made me nervous until I opened the photo that you attached with your email, those colored lines.
Those aren't a big deal fortunately because what you got there are basically some thin stripes that are going down the thread and those are basically manufacturing marks.
They are kind of hard to decode some people think that they can tell what they mean, I have no idea.
It's basically a part of how they match the treads and the casings at the tire factory, as I understand it.
And the markings vary by factory.
So those are kind of really obtuse.
I wouldn't worry too much about them.
Do a little driving, those will be gone.
What I was concerned about is that you might have had some of those awful tires that were around What, about a decade ago that had actual colored tread blocks right down the middle.
BF Goodrich made some of these, remember they were strictly for looks and it wasn't a good look.
And if you really wanna get bizarre Kumo made some tires that threw off different colors of smoke when you did burnout.
You can choose red or blue or yellow, I think.
All of these goofy ideas are blessedly off the market now.