Other tips and advice
Do I Need New Car Tires?
When should I change my car tires?
How long does a tire last?
What are the basics?
There is no way to tell exactly how long a tire lasts. The lifespan and mileage of a tire depends on a combination of factors: its design, the driver’s habits, the climate, the road conditions and the care that's put into the tires.
A few milestones and tips:
1- Keep five years in mind
After five years or more in use, your tires should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.
2- Ten years is a maximum
If the tires haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tires. Even if they appear to be in a usable condition and have not been worn down to the tread wear indicator. This applies to spare tires as well.
3- Proper care expands a tire’s lifespan
If you take good care of your tires' air pressure, tread wear, alignment and so on, you can increase their longevity. Check our Scheduled care tips
For original equipment: follow the vehicle manufacturer’s tire replacement recommendations.
How to check the manufacturing date
Look for the DOT number on your sidewall.
What damages tires?
- Wear and damage
- Potholes, obstacles, kerbs, sharp objects, speed bumps
- Extreme temperatures
- Rain, snow and ice
- Oil, grease and other chemicals
- Strong sunlight and ozone
- Quick starts and emergency braking
- Driving on damaged roads
- Failure to notice a change in handling, noise or vibration
- Failure to consult a professional when something changes
- Using summer tyres on snow and ice
- Mixing tyre types
- Using wheel and rim sizes that are not compatible
- Fitting tires that do not have a speed capability and load index at least equal to or higher than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer
- Re-inflating a tire that has been run flat or seriously under inflated
- Using a spare tire of a different size at speeds in excess of 50 mph
Do I need to change now?
We recommend to replace your tire if:
- The tread is worn beyond the recommended tread depth levels
- The sidewall is damaged
- Any hole in the tread is greater than 6 mm in diameter
- The bead is damaged or deformed (the bead is the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel)
1- Inspect your tire regularly and look for:
- Uneven tread wear
- Shallow tread
- Troublemakers (rocks, nails, etc.)
- Damaged areas
- Damaged valve caps
2- Pay attention to the “feel" of your tires as you drive.
- A rough ride may indicate tire damage or excessive wear.
- If you notice vibrations or other disturbances while driving, immediately reduce speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road and stop, and inspect your tires.
- If a tire is damaged, deflate it and replace it with your spare. If you do not see any tire damage and cannot identify the source of the vibration, take the vehicle to a tire dealer for a thorough inspection.
3- See a professional
- If you see something that you’re not sure about during your inspection, have it examined by your tire dealer.
To identify a specific problem
How do I inspect my tires?
1- Check your air pressure
- It’s quick and can prevent many problems
- Do it once a month
2- Check the tread wear with one of the two methods:
- With a tread depth gauge
- With the tread-wear indicators
3- Inspect your tires for wear and damage problems
- Check your sidewall for any punctures or bumps and the tread to see if the tires are wearing evenly
- Be sensitive to any changes in handling or steering
When should I inspect my tires?
- Once every month
- Before you go on a long road trip.
Next steps :
- Any visible perforation, cut or deformation must be checked thoroughly by a tire professional.
- Only a tire professional can tell you if your tire can be repaired or has to be changed.