OE Keys For Original Equipment Tires
OE Keys For Original Equipment Tires
Original Equipment Tires
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When you purchase a new car, there is a high likelihood that it comes equipped with Continental tires known as Original Equipment (OE) tires. These tires are specially designed in collaboration with top car manufacturers and experts to prioritize safety, comfort, and performance.
What are Original Equipment (OE) tires?
OE tires can be compared to a tailored suit for your vehicle. They are custom-made to leverage the specific characteristics of your car, optimizing their performance accordingly. This is necessary because different cars have different sizes, makes, models, and driving objectives, resulting in unique tire requirements.
For example, an SUV benefits from tires that provide excellent performance on wet and dry surfaces, while luxury cars prefer smoother and quieter tires. Other factors, such as fuel efficiency, are also considered in the tire design and selection process.
To ensure that each car model meets its requirements, Continental works closely with vehicle manufacturers to create the perfect tire. Once approved, these OE tires are installed on every new vehicle before it leaves the factory. This gives car manufacturers confidence that their vehicles are equipped with the right tires for various road conditions, allowing optimal acceleration, braking, and cornering abilities.
Can you purchase Continental OE tires for a used car?
Yes, you can. The term OE can be misleading because these tires are not exclusive to new vehicles. You can also buy them as replacement tires when it's time to install a new set. If you have been satisfied with the performance of your OE tires, it's easy to get the same type for your vehicle later on. Similarly, if you have purchased a used car without its original OE tires, you can easily find and install Continental OE tires that are suitable for your car model. This helps bring your used car closer to its original performance specifications.
Ultra-high performance (UHP) tires for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
OE is also important for the development of ultra-high performance (UHP) tires. Continental collaborates with car manufacturers to create tires and rubber compounds that meet their high standards for outstanding grip and road safety. UHP tires offer improved stability during cornering, precise steering, accurate speed ratings, and shorter stopping distances. It's essential to note that if your vehicle is designed for UHP tires, switching to lower-rated high-performance tires during replacement may negatively impact your car's overall performance.
Continental offers a wide range of UHP tires to ensure that all vehicle types, from sports cars to family vehicles, are equipped with the ideal product.
Why should you choose Continental OE tires among the many tire brands available?
The answer lies in their quality. These tires are specifically designed to maximize your vehicle's potential and adhere to the highest safety and quality standards. Dedicated teams of engineers subject OE tires to over 100 rigorous tests, evaluating factors such as maximum speed, handling, comfort, noise levels, and mileage. They also assess the braking performance of your vehicle in wet and dry conditions.
Due to these reasons and more, Continental is a trusted OE supplier for car manufacturers worldwide. With one in three cars manufactured in Europe leaving the factory with Continental tires, we are the preferred choice among tire producers on the continent.
Identification codes for original equipment tires (OE keys).
When it comes to identifying OE tires, Continental uses OF keys on the tire sidewall to indicate the brand and model. You can refer to a table of two-digit and three-digit keys to get an overview or use our tire finder tool, which allows you to identify the ideal tire for your car's make, size, seasonal application, and vehicle category.
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