What Does a Red or Yellow Dot on Your Tires Mean?

By Daniel Walker | March 28, 2024

Important information

When inspecting tires, you may notice small colored dots, often in yellow or red, marked on the sidewall. 

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These dots serve specific purposes and provide important information about the tire and its installation. Understanding the significance of these colored dots can contribute to proper tire maintenance and performance.

The wheel assembly

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Red Dot: The red dot on a tire typically indicates the tire's high point, which is the lightest point on the tire. When mounting the tire on the wheel, aligning this red dot with the wheel's valve stem helps to balance the tire by compensating for any imbalances in the wheel assembly.