Tyre Care and Maintenance

  • Do my driving habits affect the life of my tyres?

    Yes. Here are several tips to help increase the life of your tyres:

    • Don’t speed. High speeds can generate excessive heat, which can increase the rate of tyre wear. Drive at the safe, legal speed limit.
    • Avoid fast turns on curves and around corners.
    • Avoid fast starts and panic stops.
    • Don’t ride on the edge of the road or drive over kerbs, potholes or other obstructions.
  • Do my new tyres require special treatment?

    Special treatment is not required for your new tyres. However, drive carefully while you get accustomed to them. You may feel a difference when accelerating, braking, cornering or possibly driving in wet conditions.

  • How and when should I rotate my tyres?

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  • How do I take care of my new tyres?

    Properly maintained tyres can help to give you a more comfortable ride and a longer tread life. So:

    • Check your tyre pressure monthly with a tyre-pressure gauge (and make sure that the tyres are cold – at least 3 hours after driving).
    • Check your tyres frequently for any cuts, snags, punctures, any other injury, or irregular tyre wear.
    • At the first sign of irregular tread-wear, have your alignment checked.
    • Make sure that the tyres are balanced when they are mounted on the wheels.
    • Rotate your tyres following the schedule in your vehicle owners manual or as required by the tyre manufacturer’s warranty.

    For more tyre maintenance tips, click here.

  • How many kilometers will I get out of my tyres?

    Many factors can affect the tread life of your tyres, such as:

    • Tread compounds
    • Construction features
    • Vehicle application
    • Tyre maintenance
    • Geographic conditions
    • Atmospheric conditions
    • Driving habits
    • And more

    That’s why exact mileage is impossible to predict. Take special care when braking, accelerating and cornering, etc., to help increase the life of the tyre. (Owning tyres with Michelin’s technology doesn’t hurt either.) If you have concerns about the rate of wear on your tyres, consult your local authorised Michelin retailer.

  • How should I care for tyres that I have in storage?

    Tyres should be stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight, sources of heat and ozone such as hot pipes and electric generators. Exposure to these elements during prolonged periods of time will exhaust the tyre's oxidation and weathering agents within the rubber compounds and result in cracking. Be sure that the surfaces on which the tyres are stored are clean and free from grease, fuel or other substances that could deteriorate the rubber.

    For mounted tyres inflate at, but no higher than, the recommended air pressure. Store vehicles on blocks to remove the load from the tyres.

  • Is it safe to repair a flat tyre?

    If a tyre loses all or most of its air pressure, it must be removed from the wheel for a complete internal inspection to be sure that it's not damaged. Tyres that are run for even short distances while flat are often damaged beyond repair. Most punctures, nail holes, or cuts of up to 0.6 cm (1/4 inch) - – confined to the tread - – may be satisfactorily repaired by trained personnel using industry-approved methods. Don't repair tyres with tread punctures of larger than 0.6 cm (1/4 inch), or any sidewall puncture. Also, never repair tyres which are worn below 1/16 inch tread depth. Your best bet is to make sure that your spare tyre is always ready to do the job. Check it regularly for proper air pressure and be sure that it is in good shape. If your car is equipped with one of the several types of temporary spares, be sure to check the spare tyre's sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed and mileage limitations. See your dealer for expert tyre repair.

  • Is there a time period on breaking in my new tyres?

    New tyres have to be driven for a few hundred miles on dry roads to rid the tread of the parting agents and antioxidants applied during production. Not until the tread has been slightly roughened will the tyre be able to make its true gripping power felt.

  • Is there a way to tell when I need new tyres?

    Tread-wear indicators ("wear bars") are located at the base of the main grooves and are equally spaced around the tyre. The tread-wear indicators, which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread, will appear on the tyre when that point of wear is reached. When you see these wear bars, the tyre is worn out and it's time to replace the tyre. Always remove tyres from service when they reach a remaining tread depth of two thirty-seconds of an inch (2/32").

  • Must I replace my present tyres with the same size tyres?

    Never choose a smaller size than those that came with the car. Tyres should always be replaced with the same size designation - – or approved options – as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or authorised dealer

  • Should my tyres be balanced?

    Proper balancing is critical for optimal vehicle performance, especially at today's higher motorway speeds. When tyre and wheel assemblies are unbalanced, a vibration can result from wheel and assembly shimmy (shaking from side to side) or wheel assembly tramp (tyre and wheel hopping up and down). Therefore, it is important that these assemblies are in both static and dynamic balance.

  • What is proper alignment?

    A vehicle is said to be properly aligned when all suspension and steering components are sound and when the tyre and wheel assemblies are running straight and true. Proper alignment is necessary for even tread wear and precise steering. Uneven front or rear tyre wear, or changes in your vehicle's handling or steering response (i.e. pulling to one side) can indicate misalignment. Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspensions that can be adjusted for alignment. Your vehicle many need a "front-end" alignment or a "four-wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. The moderate cost of having your vehicle aligned can more than pay for itself in tyre mileage, performance and comfort.

  • What is your opinion on the use of nitrogen in tyres?

    Nitrogen is an inert gas. It is simply dry air with the oxygen removed (air contains nearly 79% Nitrogen). The physical properties of nitrogen reduce the pressure loss due to the natural permeability of the materials of the tyre. Unfortunately, there are other possible sources of leaks (tyre/rim interface, valve, valve/rim interface and the wheel) which prevent the guarantee of pressure maintenance for individuals using air or nitrogen inflation. Tyres manufactured by Michelin are designed to deliver their expected performance when inflated with air or nitrogen, as long as the user respects the pressures recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle's placard or those of the tyre manufacturer. Whether they are inflated with air or nitrogen, regular pressure maintenance remains critical because under-inflated tyres lead to:

    • A reduction in road holding
    • A reduction in wet traction capability
    • An increased sensitivity to road hazards
    • A reduction in tread-life
    • An increase in fuel consumption
    • A reduction in tyre life due to excessive heat from over deflection
  • What should I look for when inspecting my tyres?

    In addition to performing regular maintenance, you must also keep an eye out for potential problems that might affect your tyres. Regular inspections can help you prevent tyre trouble, and keep you rolling safely down the road. When inspecting your tyres, look for:

    Uneven tread wear : This can include more wear on one tread edge than the other, a rippled pattern of high and low wear, or exposed steel wire. Uneven wear can be caused by problems such as under-inflation, misalignment and improper balancing.

    Troublemakers : Check for small stones, pieces of glass, bits of metal and other foreign objects that might be wedged into the tread, and carefully pick them out. They can cause serious problems if they are pushed further into your tyre as you drive.

    Damaged areas : Cracks, cuts, splits, punctures, holes and bulges in the tread or on the sides of the tyre can indicate serious problems, and the tyre may need to be replaced.
    Slow leaks. Tyres lose some air pressure (about 2 psi) over the course of a month or so, but if you find that you have to add air every few days, have the tyre, wheel and valve checked – and if necessary, repair or replace the tyre.

    Valve caps : Those little caps on your tyre’s valve stem keep moisture and dirt out, so make sure they are on all your tyres. Also, when you have a tyre replaced, have a new valve stem assembly installed at the same time.

    Driving on a damaged tyre can be dangerous. If you see something that you’re not sure about during your inspection, have it examined by your tyre dealer. Any time that you see damage to a tyre, don’t drive on it – use a spare if you need to go somewhere. And finally, pay attention to the “feel” of your tyres as you drive. A rough ride may indicate tyre damage or excessive wear. If you notice vibrations or other disturbances while driving, and/or you suspect possible damage to your tyre or vehicle, immediately reduce speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road and stop, and inspect your tyres. If a tyre is damaged, deflate it and replace it with your spare. If you do not see any tyre damage and cannot identify the source of the vibration, take the vehicle to a tyre dealer for a thorough inspection.

  • When should I check my air pressure?

    Air pressure in tyres, including the spare, should be checked at least monthly and always before extended driving. Tyres should be checked when they are cold (at least three hours after the vehicle has been stopped and before it is driven more than one mile or two kilometres). Do not reduce pressure when tyres are hot; use an accurate air-pressure gauge to check pressure and maintain it at the level recommended on the vehicle tyre vehicle placard or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Under-inflation produces extreme flexing of the tyre and builds up heat to the point that tyre failure may occur. Over- or under-inflation may adversely affect vehicle handling. Cold tyre pressures should never be higher than the limit moulded on the sidewall.

  • Where should I mount the tyres if I only purchase two?

    Michelin recommends replacing all four tyres at the same time, however if replacing only two new tyres, be sure that the new tyres are the same size & tyre type as the current tyres and that the dealer always installs the new tyres on the rear axle of the vehicle. Click here for more information

    Why Put the Two New Tyres on the Rear Axle?

    • The New tyres will provide better wet grip than your half-worn tyres.
    • It will help to reduce the potential for the vehicle to fish-tail and lose stability in wet conditions