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When should I change
my tires?

Your safety comes first: check your tires

Tires in poor condition can affect the performance of your vehicle and put your safety and that of your loved ones in danger.

    It is recommended you check once per week:
  • the condition of your tires
  • the depths of their treads
  • shock damage or any abnormal sign of wear and tear and twice per month, the pressure of your pneumatic tries.

If in doubt, seek expert advice!



Six reasons to change your tires

1. The tire is flat

 

The tire has a puncture

Although extremely tough and able to withstand numerous shocks, tires can sometimes go flat. In the case of a flat tire, you tire must be examined by a professional mechanic. Only they can assure the inner membrane has not been damaged, which would make the tire irreparable.

2. The legal wear limit has been reached

 

The legal tread wear limit has been reached

Michelin Man markings on the tops of the sidewalls indicate the location of the wear indicators. Resembling small bumps, they are located at the bottom of the main grooves..

When the height of the remaining rubber reaches the level of this mark, the tire has reached is legal wear limit of 1 mm. Michelin highly recommends you change your tires even before reaching this limit. Once it has been surpassed, the tires can no longer guarantee your safety or their own grip and performance, especially on wet surfaces.

3. The tires show signs of aging

 

It’s no easy task to predict the life span of tires, which does not depend on their production date. Tires which haven’t been used at all, or which have only been used lightly, can still show signs of aging. Several factors may affect their service life: weather conditions, storage and usage conditions, load, speed, tire pressure, upkeep, driving style, etc.

Michelin recommends every driver regularly spend a few minutes inspecting their tires to detect any external sign of aging or wear, including deformations or cracks on the tire tread, shoulders, or sidewalls, etc.
Also have them checked out by a professional, who will confirm whether of not they are still good.

The 5 year test… before it's too late!

After five or more years of use, tires must be checked every year by a professional mechanic. If they need to be changed, follow the manufacturer’s suggestions regarding the replacement of original parts. As a precaution, replace any tire that has not been changed after ten years of service life, even if it seems to be in good condition and hasn’t reached its wear limit.

4. The tire is damaged

 

The tire is damaged

A sidewalk, pothole, or sharp object can seriously damage a tire. All holes, cuts, or deformations must be carefully inspected by a professional mechanic. Only they can ascertain if they tire is salvageable.
As a general rule, never ride with a damaged or flat tire.

 

When is a tire irreparable?

  1. Sidewall punctures
  2. Visible or misshapen beads
  3. Deformation or detachment of the tread
  4. Wear that leaves the canvas, tread casing, or sidewall showing
  5. Deterioration due to hydrocarbons or corrosive substances
  6. Streaks or scratches on the inner sides after having ridden with overinflated tires

5. The tire displays abnormal wear and tear

 

Abnormal tire tread wear – located in certain areas, in the center, or on the shoulders – is often the sign of a mechanical problem (worn out shock absorbers, transmission, fastening, etc.) or imbalance. It can also be the result of unsuitable pressure.

To prevent all irregular wear and tear, have the wheel balance inspected every six months. This operation will allow you to prolong the life span of your pneumatic tires, and enjoy a more comfortable ride. The tire wear and tear may otherwise seem excessive compared to its mileage or to other motorcycles riding in the same manner as yours.

In these cases, contact a specialist.

6. The tires are not suitable for your vehicle

 

Choose your tire in accordance with legislation and equipment recommendations for your vehicle. For optimal performance, use tires with identical treads for both the front and back. Tires with a different design, tread, or level of wear and tear risk affecting the vehicle’s functioning and stability.Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer, never use one radial and one bias-ply tire on the same vehicle.

When it comes time for changing your tires, consult our tire selector or one of our specialists to make the right choice.