Reinforced, extra load or commercial tyres for MPVs
If you drive a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) or any other car capable of carrying large loads then you need to check specifications carefully when buying replacement tyres.
Heavy vehicles and loads place greater demands on the tyres which run hotter and would be more susceptible to failure if they were not of the correct specification.
Most Multi-Purpose-Vehicles (MPVs) are heavier and can carry more load than a car of similar size. As a result most vehicle manufacturers specify reinforced, extra load or commercial tyres to cope with the additional weight and provide the increased carrying capacity.
This is not always mentioned specifically in the handbook so it is important to check the sidewalls of the old tyres carefully and make sure that any replacement tyres match the same specification.
If your vehicle is fitted with extra load capacity tyres the sidewalls will show one of these markings:
If you're not sure which specification of tyre should be fitted, contact the vehicle manufacturer or one of their appointed dealers for advice.
(25 April 2012)