What Do the Yellow & Red Dots Mean on Washington Tires?
I had never really noticed them before, but what do the red or yellow dots on tires mean anyway? Do not worry, they are normal.
The Yellow Dot on Your Tire Means?
The "yellow dot with the valve stem as this is the heaviest point of the wheel." according to tyrebaydirect.com. That really doesn't mean anything for you, but it means a lot to the guy putting your tires on. You may notice weights on the inside of your wheel if you look. Those are used to balance the wheel, so you do not feel a wobble while you're driving. The yellow dot helps them do that.
The Red Dot on Your Tire Means?
The red dot is "where the tire is flattest" according to familyhandyman.com. That comes in handy when mounting your tires because when they are made, they are not perfectly round. If they can identify the high point on the tire when they are installed, it will also help with the ride wobble you would feel if it was wrong.
Both Red and Yellow Dots on Your Tire Mean This
If you have both dots, then "red takes precedence over yellow" which basically means that the weight of the tire is more important than the irregular shape. If your tires have both dots, they use the red dot for mounting.
Awesome, now we know! It is just for the guys that put your tires on, nothing you need to know!