2014.5 Toyota Camry LE
4-cyl with 6 speed auto trans
About three months ago I picked up punctures in both right side tires from road debris. Both tires were properly repaired, being removed from the rims, plugged and patched from the inside. The rear tire had a patch of tread about the size of a half dollar slightly shaved due to the debris having caused superficial damage to the tread akin to having several torn hangnails. After the repair there was no apparent further problems.
Three weeks ago the tires were rotated on schedule at which time a third tire was found to have picked up a nail, likely that morning or the evening before. (Massive house repairs were being done that had a horde of loose nails when the old roof decking was removed. Despite scrupulous swamping, some nails escaped to create problems. Besides, the darn things breed illicitly and multiply with evil intent – but I digress.) Again, proper interior plug and patch repair on the affected tire was made.
Now that the tire which had damaged tread shaved has been rotated to the front, traction is sometimes slipping even on dry pavement and significantly on wet pavement when starting from a stop such as at stop lights or stop signs and also when accelerating and maneuvering in traffic. I suspect it is when the shaved spot is in contact with the road.
These original tires minimal wear on them at only 14k miles but have always had only moderate traction on wet pavement. I am considering replacing them with tires that have top rated traction.
I need a little help understanding tire ratings, please.
I don’t understand what the speed rating means. ???
Basically, my criteria ranking is first to have excellent traction and handling followed by quiet road noise. I am not overly concerned about long tread life because as a low annual mileage driver I typically age out a set of tires rather than run tread thin.
I don’t know that I actually need new tires. These are not leaking nor handling like there is any belt separation issues, etc. But I would appreciate help understanding tire ratings, such as I see on Tire Rack so I can make a wise choice if and when I do buy new tires. I want to be well informed before paying a mechanic to put on a new tires whether now or when these tires wear out.
Thanks for any help.