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Passenger and Light Truck Tire Owner’s Manual and Limited Warranty,
Including All Applicable Treadwear Limited Warranties, and
Comp T/A® & g-Force T/A® SSS (Self Supporting Structure) Information
THE BFGOODRICH® BRAND PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK LIMITED WARRANTY
used. Replacement will be made in accordance with the terms and
conditions described under “HOW REPLACEMENT CHARGES ARE
CALCULATED.”
ABOUT THIS WARRANTY
As the original purchaser of a BFGoodrich® brand passenger or light truck
tire, you are encouraged to read this booklet carefully to deter-mine which
warranty coverages apply to the specific tires that you own. Please also pay
close attention to the Owner’s Manual part of this booklet since it provides
essential safety and maintenance information.
Treadwear - For Tires with Mileage Warranty Coverage
Some BFGoodrich® brand tread designs are covered by a manufacturer’s
limited warranty for treadwear. These tires (hereafter referred to as
“mileage tires”) have mileage coverage as follows:
WHAT IS COVERED AND FOR HOW LONG
Workmanship and Materials
Tread Design
BFGoodrich® brand passenger and light truck tires, used in normal
service on the vehicle on which they were originally fitted and in
accordance with the maintenance recommendations and safety
warnings contained in the attached owner’s manual, are covered
by this limited warranty against defects in workmanship and
materials for the life of the original usable tread, or six years from
date of purchase, whichever comes first. At that time, all
warranties, express or implied, expire. The life of the original
usable tread is the original tread down to the level of the
treadwear indicators - 2/32nds of an inch (1.6mm) of tread
remaining. The date of purchase is documented by a new vehicle
registration or tire sales invoice. If no proof of purchase is
available, the date of manufacture, as molded on the sidewall, will be
Control T/A® M80
MomentumTM1
Premier® Touring3
Touring T/A® Pro Series (T-Rated)2
Traction T/A®(T-Rated)
Advantage Plus®2
Control PlusTM
Control T/A® M65
Premier® A/S3
Traction T/A®(H/V-Rated)
Commercial T/A® All-Season
Momenta® S/E
Comp T/A® HR4
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Warranted Mileage
80,000 miles
70,000 miles
70,000 miles
70,000 miles
70,000 miles
65,000 miles
65,000 miles
65,000 miles
65,000 miles
60,000 miles
50,000 miles*
50,000 miles
40,000 miles
THE BFGOODRICH® BRAND PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK LIMITED WARRANTY
* The Commercial T/A® All Season is covered for a total of
50,000 miles on a one time only basis. This means that if a
mileage warranty claim is made, the replacement tires are
warranted only to fulfill the original 50,000 miles.
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Distributed by American Tire Distributors only.
2.
Distributed by Sam’s Wholesale Club only.
3.
Distributed by Costco Wholesale Club only.
No tire manufacturer can guarantee you a certain number of
miles from a given tire. Driving habits, driving conditions, road
conditions, and vehicle and tire maintenance all play a part in the
tread life of a tire. If a tire does not reach the warranted mileage,
and the owner of the tires has complied with the terms and
conditions of the warranty, BFGoodrich® brand will replace the
tires as follows:
If, within 6 years of the date of purchase, your BFGoodrich®
brand mileage tires wear evenly across the tread, down to the
treadwear indicators (2/32nds of an inch of tread remaining)
before providing the warranted miles of service as indicated
on the properly functioning vehicle odometer, they will be
replaced with comparable new BFGoodrich® tires for a pro rata
charge based on the actual mileage received. See “How
Replacement Charges are Calculated - Mileage Tires”
beginning on page 3.
You pay the cost of mounting, balancing, and any other
service charges and applicable taxes.
Tires which wear out evenly before delivering the warranted
mileage will be replaced on a pro rata basis only if:
1) You are the original purchaser of the tires, you own the
vehicle on which they were originally installed, and the
tires have been used only on that vehicle;
2) The tires have been rotated and inspected by a participating
BFGoodrich® tire retailer every 7500 miles, and the attached
Rotation Service Record has been fully completed and
signed;
3) The completed Rotation Service Record, Original Owner/Tire
Installation Information form, and the original invoice are
presented to a participating BFGoodrich® tire retailer at the
time of adjustment claim; and
4) The tires have not become unserviceable due to a condition
listed under WHAT IS NOT COVERED (see page 3).
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THE BFGOODRICH® BRAND PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK LIMITED WARRANTY
Definitions
- Operation without a properly functioning low pressure
warning system, for Comp T/A® and g-Force T/A® SSS tires;
- Uneven or rapid wear which is caused by mechanical irregularity
in the vehicle such as wheel misalignment, (a measured tread
difference of 2/32nds of an inch or more across the tread on the
same tire);
- Accident, fire, chemical corrosion, tire alteration or vandalism;
- Use in commercial applications for treadwear; except for the
Commercial T/A® All Season tire;
- Flat spotting caused by improper storage;
- The addition of liquid, solid or gaseous materials other than
air, nitrogen or carbon dioxide (for example, waterbase
sealers or balancing substances);
- Ozone or weather checking.
The “legal life of the tire” is six years from the date of purchase
or the life of the “usable tread,” which is defined as the
original tread worn down to the level of the treadwear
indicators - 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of tread remaining,
whichever comes first. The date of purchase is documented by
a new vehicle registration or tire sales invoice. If no proof of
purchase is available, the date of manufacture, as molded on
the sidewall, will be used. Replacement will be made in
accordance with the terms and conditions described under
“HOW REPLACEMENT CHARGES ARE CALCULATED.”
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
Tires which become unserviceable due to:
- Road hazard injury (e.g., a cut, snag, bruise, impact damage
or puncture);
- Incorrect mounting of the tire, tire/wheel imbalance or
improper repair;
- Misapplication, improper maintenance, racing, underinflation,
overinflation or other abuse;
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THE BFGOODRICH® BRAND PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK LIMITED WARRANTY
HOW REPLACEMENT CHARGES ARE CALCULATED
You pay the cost of mounting, balancing, and any other
service charges and applicable taxes.
Workmanship/Materials
Mileage Tires
A tire which becomes unserviceable due to a condition covered by
this workmanship and materials limited warranty will be replaced
with a comparable new BFGoodrich® brand tire, free of charge,
when 2/32nds of an inch (1.6mm) or less of the original tread is
worn, (or 25% or less, whichever is more beneficial to you) and
within 12 months of the date of purchase. The cost of mounting
and balancing the tires is included. You pay the cost of any
other service charges and applicable taxes.
A tire meeting the conditions for treadwear pro rata
replacement will be replaced with a comparable new
BFGoodrich® brand tire based on the actual mileage received.
The participating BFGoodrich® brand tire retailer will determine
the charge by multiplying the percent of mileage received by
the current actual selling price at the adjustment location or
the price for the new tire in the current BFGoodrich® brand
Base Price List, whichever is lower. This list is based on a
predetermined price intended to fairly represent the actual
selling price of the tire. You pay the cost of mounting,
balancing, and any other service charges and applicable
taxes.
When more than 2/32nds of an inch of original tread has been
worn (or more than 25%, whichever is more beneficial to you) or
after 12 months from the date of purchase, you must pay the cost
of a comparable new BFGoodrich® brand passenger or light truck
replacement tire on a pro rata basis. The retailer will determine
the charge by multiplying the percentage of the original usable
tread worn by the current selling price at the adjustment location
or the price on the current BFGoodrich® brand Base Price List,
whichever is lower. This list is based on a predetermined price
intended to fairly represent the actual selling price of the tire.
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THE BFGOODRICH® BRAND PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK LIMITED WARRANTY
WHAT YOU MUST DO WHEN MAKING A CLAIM
and BFGoodrich® brand accepts no responsibility for loss of,
or damage to, tires which are in the custody or control of a
BFGoodrich® brand tire retailer for the purpose of inspection
for warranty adjustment.
When making a claim under the terms of this limited warranty you
must present your tire(s) to a participating BFGoodrich® brand tire
retailer. The vehicle on which the tires were used must be available
for inspection. For treadwear claims you must also present the
completed Original Owner/Tire Installation Information form, your
original invoice, and the completed and signed Rotation Service
Record. BFGoodrich® brand tire retailers are listed in the yellow
pages under “Tire Dealers-Retail”. Personal identification (i.e.
Driver’s License, Credit Card, etc.) and vehicle registration may be
required. You pay any service charges for normal vehicle
and tire maintenance.
Tires accepted for claim become the property of Michelin
North America, Inc. (“MNA”), which is the processor of
warranty claims for BFGoodrich® brand tires.
In the event of a disputed claim, the consumer must
make the tire available for further inspection.
No BFGoodrich® brand representative, employee or retailer has
the authority to make or imply any representation, promise or
agreement, which in any way varies the terms of this limited
warranty.
CONDITIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
This limited warranty applies only in the United States.
This limited warranty does not provide compensation for loss
of time, loss of use of vehicle, inconvenience or incidental or
consequential damages. Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages,
so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
Tires presented for claim remain the property of the consumer
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THE BFGOODRICH® BRAND PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK LIMITED WARRANTY
CONSUMER RIGHTS
This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
SAFETY MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
Read your Tire Owner’s Manual, the information on the
sidewall of your tires, your vehicle owner’s manual and
vehicle tire information placard for essential safety and
maintenance information.
When service is required:
1. Contact a participating BFGoodrich® tire retailer listed in
your yellow pages.
2. If additional assistance is needed in locating a BFGoodrich®
retailer, please call, write or email Consumer Relations as
listed on page 18.
You should have complete confidence in your new
BFGoodrich® tires. Still it’s important to register your tires in
the event that we need to contact you. For online tire
registration, visit www.bfgoodrichtires.com/register.
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WARNING
DISREGARDING ANY OF THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND/OR INSTRUCTIONS
CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL MAY RESULT IN TIRE FAILURE OR
EXPLOSION CAUSING SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
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DRIVING ON ANY TIRE THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT
INFLATION PRESSURE IS DANGEROUS
an extended period of time. You can travel up to 200 miles at
50 miles per hour on a completely deflated SSS tire. The length
of time and distance that an SSS tire will perform at low or zero
air pressure will depend upon the severity of the event causing
the air loss, the ambient temperature, the speed at which the
tire is operated, and the conditions under which the tire is
operated (i.e. hard braking, cornering, load, speed, and other
sharp maneuvers will greatly reduce the length of time the tire
can perform at low or zero air pressure.) Avoid high speeds
and hard cornering whenever a low tire pressure warning is
activated.
Any underinflated tire builds up excessive heat that may result
in sudden tire destruction. For replacement tires, the correct
inflation pressure will be provided by your tire retailer. If not,
refer to the vehicle placard. The placard indicates the minimum
inflation pressures which must be maintained. However, do not
exceed the maximum pressure rating indicated on the tire
sidewall.
If your vehicle is equipped with Comp T/A® or g-Force T/A®
SSS (Self Supporting Structure) tires and a pressure warning
system, it is essential that you read and understand the
programming, operating, and maintenance instructions
provided by the manufacturer of the low tire pressure warning
system installed on your vehicle.
Continuous use of an underinflated tire may lead to sudden tire
destruction. If a tire at low or zero pressure begins to vibrate or
cause difficulty in vehicle handling, remove the tire immediately
and replace with the spare.
NOTE: BFGOODRICH ® SSS TIRES ARE TO BE USED ONLY IN
CONJUNCTION WITH PROPERLY FUNCTIONING, BFGOODRICH®
BRAND APPROVED, LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING SYSTEM.
Otherwise, all provisions of the limited warranty are void. For a
list of approved systems, visit your participating BFGoodrich®
tire retailer, or call toll free: 1-877-788-8899.
BFGOODRICH ® COMP T/A ® & g-Force T/A ® SSS (SELF
SUPPORTING STRUCTURE) TIRES AT LOW OR ZERO AIR
PRESSURE
The handling characteristics of a vehicle with a deflated
BFGoodrich® SSS tire, (whether front or rear) are not the same
as those of a vehicle with normally inflated tires. A BFGoodrich®
SSS tire can build up excessive heat when run underinflated for
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CHECK THE COLD INFLATION PRESSURES IN ALL YOUR
TIRES, INCLUDING THE SPARE, AT LEAST ONCE EACH
MONTH
CHECKING PRESSURES WHEN TIRES ARE HOT
If inflation pressures are checked after tires have been driven for
more than three minutes or more than one mile, the tires become
hot and the inflation pressures will increase by approximately 4
psi. Therefore when the tire pressure is adjusted under these
conditions, it should be increased to a gauge reading of 4 psi
greater than the recommended cold inflation pressure.
Failure to maintain correct inflation pressure may result in
improper vehicle handling and may cause rapid and irregular
tire wear, sudden tire destruction, loss of vehicle control and
serious personal injury. Therefore, inflation pressures should
be checked at least once each month and always prior to long
distance trips. This applies to all tires, including sealant types
and self-supporting tires which are as susceptible to losing air
pressure as any other type if not properly maintained.
For Example Only:
Recommended cold inflation: 30 psi
Gauge reading of hot tire was found to be: 32 psi
(Actual pressure is 28 psi)
Therefore to achieve the 30 psi recommended pressure,
Inflate to 34 psi (add 2 psi)
Pressures should be checked when tires are cold; in other
words, before they have been driven on. Driving, even for a
short distance, causes tires to heat up and air pressure to
increase.
Check the cold pressure as soon as possible, preferably
within 24 hours. “Bleeding” air from hot tires could
result in underinflation. Use an accurate tire pressure
gauge to check pressures. Never allow children to inflate
or deflate tires.
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FOR COMP T/A® & g-Force T/A® SSS TIRES CHECK INFLATION
PRESSURES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOLLOWING A LOW
PRESSURE WARNING
5 psi from the previous check, have the tire inspected at
once by a participating BFGoodrich® tire retailer. (Or a
representative of your vehicle manufacturer if advised
to do so in your vehicle owner's manual). Failure to do
so may cause irreparable damage to the tire which may
result in sudden tire destruction and personal injury.
Low pressure warning systems are designed to warn the driver
of a low tire pressure situation in at least one tire on the
vehicle. While your SSS tires are designed to provide continued
mobility in the event of an air loss, the sooner you respond to a
warning and take corrective action, the greater the likelihood
that the damage to the tire can be repaired.
TIRE SPINNING
Do not spin wheels in excess of 35 MPH (55 km/h) as indicated on
the speedometer. Excessive speed in a free-running, unloaded tire
can cause it to “explode” from centrifugal force. The energy
released by such an explosion is sufficient to cause serious physical
injury or death. Never allow anyone to stand near or behind the
spinning tire.
Always visually inspect your BFGoodrich® SSS tires and
use an accurate pressure gauge to check the air pressure
in all 4 tires following any low pressure warning.
If the tire pressure is at or below 18 psi, proceed to the
nearest participating BFGoodrich ® tire retailer (or a
representative of your vehicle manufacturer if advised to
do so in your vehicle owner's manual) and have the tire
demounted and inspected for possible internal damage.
When in mud, sand, snow, ice or other slippery conditions, do not
engage in excessive wheel spin. Accelerating the motor
excessively, particularly with automatic transmission vehicles, may
cause a drive tire that has lost traction to spin beyond its speed
capability. This is also true when balancing a drive tire/wheel
assembly on the vehicle using the vehicle engine to spin the
tire/wheel assembly.
If you are unable to see any damage to the tire, and the
tire pressure is more than 18 psi, reinflate your tire to
the proper air pressure (See instructions for checking
pressures when tires are hot.) When tires have cooled,
check air pressure again. If any tire has lost more than
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HIGH SPEED DRIVING CAN BE DANGEROUS
SPEED RATINGS
SPEED SYMBOLS are shown
on the sidewall of some
BFGoodrich® tires. The
following table shows the
maximum speed corresponding to the symbol.
*Some V (or VR) rated
tires may have a speed
capacity greater than 149
mph (240 km/h). Consult
your participating BFGoodrich®
brand tire retailer for
maximum speed rating if
your vehicle capability
exceeds this speed.
In any case, you should not exceed reasonable speeds as
indicated by the legal limits and driving conditions.
M
N
P
Q
R
S
T
H
V
V*
W
Y
Maximum Speed
Km/hr
mph
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
210
240
240+
270
300
300+
81
87
93
100
106
112
118
130
149
149+
168
186
186+
ZR**
➝
Correct inflation pressure is especially important.
However, at high speeds, even with the correct inflation
pressure, a road hazard, for example, is more difficult to avoid
and if contact is made, has a greater chance of causing tire
damage than at a lower speed. Moreover, driving at high speed
reduces the reaction time available to avoid accidents and bring
your vehicle to a safe stop.
If you see any damage to a tire or wheel, replace it with the
spare at once and visit a participating BFGoodrich® tire retailer.
Exceeding the maximum speeds shown in the following table for
each type of BFGoodrich ® tire will cause the tire to build up
excessive heat which can cause tire damage that could result in
sudden air loss and rapid tire destruction. Failure to control a
vehicle when one or more tires experience a sudden air loss can
lead to an accident.
SPEED
Ratings
**Z (or ZR) rated tires are designed for use on cars with
maximum speed capabilities in excess of 149 mph (240 km/h).
(W and Y speed ratings are sub-categories of Z).
Consult your BFGoodrich® tire retailer for maximum speed
capabilities.
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Although a tire may be speed-rated, we do not endorse the
operation of any vehicle in an unsafe or unlawful manner.
Speed ratings are based on laboratory tests which relate to
performance on the road, but are not applicable if tires are
underinflated, overloaded, worn out, damaged, altered,
improperly repaired, or retreaded. Furthermore, a tire's
speed rating does not imply that a vehicle can be safely
driven at the maximum speed for which the tire is rated,
particularly under adverse road and weather conditions or if
the vehicle has unusual characteristics.
Studded tires have a maximum speed rating of 93 mph (150 km/hr).
The speed and other ratings of retreaded tires are assigned by
the retreader and replace the original manufacturer’s ratings.
IMPORTANT: In order to maintain the speed capability of
the vehicle, replacement tires must have speed ratings
equal to or higher than those fitted as original
equipment (as indicated on the vehicle tire placard or in
the owner's manual). If tires with lower speed ratings
are fitted, the vehicle’s handling may be affected and the
speed capability of the vehicle will be lowered to the
maximum speed capability of the replacement tires as
indicated in the foregoing table.
BFGoodrich® highway passenger tires that do not have a speed
symbol on the sidewall have a maximum speed rating of 105
mph.
Light truck highway tires that do not have a speed symbol on
the sidewall have a maximum speed of 87 mph. Some light
truck tires may have higher maximum speeds; consult any
BFGoodrich® tire retailer.
REMEMBER...High speed driving can be dangerous and may
damage your tires.
AND...When driving at highway speeds, correct inflation
pressure is especially important.
Winter Tires – BFGoodrich brand winter tires that do not have
a speed symbol on the sidewall or tires with Q symbols have a
speed rating of 100 mph (160 km/hr). Winter tires with a speed
symbol have a maximum speed rating in the accordance with
the symbol.
®
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INSPECT YOUR TIRES - DO NOT DRIVE ON A DAMAGED
TIRE OR WHEEL
retailer at once. Use of a damaged tire could result in
sudden tire destruction and rapid air loss. Failure to
control a vehicle when one or more tires experience a
sudden air loss can lead to an accident.
Hazards
All tires will wear out faster when subjected to high speeds as
well as hard cornering, rapid starts, sudden stops, frequent
driving on roads which are in poor condition, and off-road
use. Roads with holes and rocks or other objects can damage
tires and cause misalignment of your vehicle. When driving on
such roads, drive carefully and slowly, and before driving
again at normal or highway speeds, examine your tires for any
damage, such as cuts, bulges, penetrations, unusual wear
patterns, etc.
Driving over potholes, glass, metal, rocks, wood debris and the
like, can damage a tire and should be safely avoided.
Unavoidable contact with such hazards should prompt a
thorough tire inspection.
If you see damage to your tires or wheels, replace with a spare
and immediately visit any participating BFGoodrich ® tire
retailer for advice.
Inspection
WEAR BARS
When inspecting your tires, including the spare, check air
pressures. If the pressure check indicates that one of your tires
has lost pressure of two psi or more, look for signs of
penetrations, valve leakage or wheel damage that may account
for the air loss.
BFGoodrich® tires contain “Wear-Bars” in the grooves of the
tire tread which show up when only 2/32nds of an inch
(1.6mm) of tread is remaining. At this stage, tires must be
replaced. Tires worn beyond this stage are dangerous.
Always look for bulges, cracks, cuts, penetrations and
abnormal tire wear, particularly on the edges of the tire
tread, which may be caused by misalignment or
underinflation. If any such damage is found, the tire
must be inspected by any participating BFGoodrich® tire
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DO NOT OVERLOAD - DRIVING ON ANY OVERLOADED
TIRE IS DANGEROUS
BFGoodrich® Comp T/A® &g-Force T/A® SSS Tires and Trailer Towing
The maximum load rating of your tires is marked on the tire
sidewall. Do not exceed this rating. Follow the loading
instructions of the manufacturer of your vehicle and this will
ensure that your tires are not overloaded. Tires which are
loaded beyond their maximum allowable loads for the
particular application will build up excessive heat that may
cause sudden tire destruction.
Operation of BFGoodrich® SSS tires at low or zero air pressure with
a trailer in tow is dangerous and is not recom-mended. If the low
pressure warning indicator is activated when a trailer is in tow,
stop, disconnect the trailer, and do not continue to tow the trailer
until the tire has been repaired and reinflated to the proper air
pressure. If the tire cannot be repaired, it must be replaced with a
new SSS tire of the same size and tread design, and inflated to the
proper pressure before the trailer can be safely towed.
Do not exceed the gross axle weight rating for any axle on
your vehicle.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT AND BALANCING ARE IMPORTANT FOR
SAFETY AND MAXIMUM MILEAGE FROM YOUR TIRES
TRAILER TOWING
CHECK HOW YOUR TIRES ARE WEARING
AT LEAST ONCE EACH MONTH
If you anticipate towing a trailer, you should visit any participating BFGoodrich ® tire retailer for advice concerning the
correct size tire and correct inflation pressures. The size and
pressures will depend upon the type and size of trailer and
hitch utilized, but in no case must the maximum cold inflation
pressure or the tire load rating be exceeded. Check the vehicle
tire placard and the owner's manual supplied by the
manufacturer of your vehicle for further recommendations on
trailer towing.
If your tires are wearing unevenly, such as the inside shoulder of
the tire wearing faster than the rest of the tread, or if you detect
excessive vibration, your vehicle may be out of alignment or
balance. These conditions not only shorten the life of your tires
but also adversely affect the handling characteristics of your
vehicle, which could be dangerous. If you detect irregular wear
or vibration, have your alignment and balance checked
immediately. Tires which have been run underinflated will show
more wear on the shoulders than in the center of the tread.
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While All-Season tires are designed to provide reliable
performance in moderate winter environment, the use
of four (4) winter tires is recommended for optimal
performance. Tires designated for use in severe
winter conditions are marked on at least one
sidewall with the letter “M” and “S” plus a
pictograph of a mountain with a snowflake on it.
TIRE MIXING
For best performance it is recommended that the same size
and type of tire be used on all four wheel positions. Casing
ply material and ply construction may vary as indicated on the
sidewall of the tire. All BFGoodrich® tires of the same size,
tread design, and type of ply construction are fully compatible.
Before mixing different types of tires in any configuration on
any vehicle, be sure to check the vehicle manufacturer’s
owner's manual for its recommendations.
TIRE ROTATION
To obtain maximum tire wear, it may be necessary to rotate
your tires. Monthly inspection for tire wear is recommended.
Your tires should be rotated at the first sign of a difference in
tread depth between front and rear tires. If any irregular
wear is found, the cause must be corrected to prevent further
excessive wear. This is true for all vehicles. Refer to your
vehicle owner's manual for instructions on tire rotation. If you
do not have an owner's manual for your vehicle, BFGoodrich®
brand recommends rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000
miles.
It is especially important to check the vehicle
manufacturer’s owner's manual when mixing, matching
or replacing tires on 4-wheel drive vehicles, as this may
require special precautions.
WINTER DRIVING
Tires which meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)
definition of snow tires are marked M/S, M+S, or M&S. On such
tires, this designation is molded into the sidewall. Tires
without this notation are not recommended for winter
driving.
To be in compliance with the terms and conditions of the
BFGoodrich® mileage tire treadwear coverage, you must have
your tires rotated every 7,500 miles and be able to document
each rotation. A page for recording the date and mileage at
the time of each rotation is provided at the back of this
booklet.
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When rotating tires with a directional tread pattern, observe
the arrows molded on the sidewall which show the direction
in which the tire should turn. Care must be taken to maintain
the proper turning direction.
TIRE ALTERATIONS
Do not make or allow to be made any alteration to your tires.
Alterations may prevent proper performance, leading to tire
damage which can result in an accident. Tires which become
unserviceable as a result of alterations such as truing,
whitewall inlays, addition of balancing or sealant liquids or
the use of tire dressings containing petroleum distillates, are
excluded from warranty coverage.
As a general rule, whenever only two tires are replaced, the
new tires should be put on the rear.
CUSTOMIZATION OF TIRES, WHEELS, OR SUSPENSION ON
SUVS AND LIGHT TRUCKS
REPAIRS - WHENEVER POSSIBLE SEE ANY BFGOODRICH®
TIRE RETAILER AT ONCE
Due to their size, weight and higher center of gravity, vehicles
such as SUVs and light trucks do not have the same handling
characteristics as automobiles. Because of these differing
characteristics, failure to operate your SUV/truck in a proper
and safe manner can increase the likelihood of vehicle
rollover. Modifications to your SUV/truck tire size, tire type,
wheels or suspension can change its handling characteristics
and further increase the likelihood of vehicle rollover.
Whether your SUV/truck has the original equipment
configuration for tires, wheels and suspension or whether any
of these items have been modified, always drive safely, avoid
sudden, sharp turns or lane changes and obey all traffic laws.
Failure to do so may result in loss of vehicle control leading to
an accident and serious injury or death.
If any BFGoodrich ® tire sustains a puncture, have the tire
demounted and thoroughly inspected by a participating
BFGoodrich® tire retailer for possible damage that may have
occurred.
A puncture in the tread area of any BFGoodrich® passenger or
light truck tire can be repaired provided that the hole is not
more than 1/4” (6mm) in diameter, not more than one radial
cable per casing ply is damaged, and the tire has not been
damaged further by the puncturing object or by running
underinflated. Tire punctures consistent with these guidelines
can be repaired by following the Rubber Manufacturers
Association (RMA) recommended repair procedures.
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Plug-only repairs done on-the-wheel are considered improper
and are therefore, not recommended. Such repairs are not
reliable and may cause further damage to the tire.
generators. Be sure the surfaces on which tires are stored are
clean and free from grease, gasoline, and other substances
which could deteriorate the rubber. (Tires exposed to these
materials during storage or driving could be subject to
sudden failure.)
STORAGE
FOLLOW THESE MOUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS
Tires contain waxes and emollients to protect their outer
surfaces from ozone and weather checking. As the tire rolls and
flexes, the waxes and emollients continually migrate to the
surface, replenishing this protection throughout the normal use
of the tire. Consequently, when tires sit outdoors, unused for
long periods of time (a month or more) their surfaces become
dry and more susceptible to ozone and weather checking, and
the casing becomes susceptible to flat spotting.
For this reason, tires should always be stored in a cool, dry,
clean, indoor environment. If storage is for one month or more,
eliminate the weight from the tires by raising the vehicle or by
removing the tires from the vehicle. Failure to store tires in
accordance with these instructions could result in premature
aging of the tires and sudden tire failure.
Tire changing can be dangerous and must be done by professionally trained persons using proper tools and procedures as
specified by the RMA.
If damage exceeds these guidelines, the tire must be replaced.
Your tires should be mounted on wheels of the correct size
and type which are in good, clean condition. Bent, chipped or
rusted wheels may cause tire damage. The inside of the tire
must be free from foreign material. Have your tire retailer
check the wheels before mounting new tires. Mismatched tires
and rims can explode during mounting. Also, mismatched
tires and rims can result in dangerous tire failure on the road.
If a tire is mounted in error on the wrong-sized rim, do not
remount it on the proper rim — scrap it. It may have been
damaged internally (which is not externally visible) by having
been dangerously stretched and could fail on the highway.
When tires are stored, be sure they are placed away from
sources of heat and ozone, such as hot pipes and electric
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Old valves may leak. When new tubeless tires are mounted,
have new valves of the correct type installed. Tubeless tires
must be mounted only on wheels designed for tubeless tires,
i.e., wheels which have safety humps or ledges.
TEMPORARY SPARE TIRES
It is recommended that you have your tires and wheels
balanced. Tires and wheels which are not balanced may cause
steering difficulties, a bumpy ride, and irregular tire wear.
FAILURE TO OBSERVE ANY OF THE RECOMMENDED
PRECAUTIONS CONTAINED IN THIS OWNER’S MANUAL CAN
LEAD TO ERRATIC VEHICLE BEHAVIOR AND/OR TIRE
DAMAGE POSSIBLY RESULTING IN AN ACCIDENT.
When using any temporary spare tire, be sure to follow the
vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.
Be sure that all your valves have suitable valve caps. The valve
cap is the primary seal against air loss.
You should have complete confidence in your new
BFGoodrich® tires. Still it’s important to register your tires in
the event that we need to contact you. For online tire
registration, visit www.bfgoodrichtires.com/register.
SPECIAL MOUNTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR Comp T/A® &
g-Force T/A® SSS Tires
Comp T/A® & g-Force T/A® SSS tires are tubeless tires designed
to operate in emergency conditions at low or zero air pressure.
These tires can be more difficult to mount than conventional
tires. They should be mounted and demounted only by a
properly trained tire professional. These tires can generate a
tremendous amount of heat when run at low or zero pressure.
ALWAYS ALLOW THE TIRE TO COOL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO
HANDLE IT. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS
INJURY.
Any time you see damage to your tires or wheels, immediately
contact your local participating BFGoodrich® tire retailer listed
in the yellow pages. If further assistance is required, contact:
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United States:
1-877-788-8899
Or Write:
Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 19026
Greenville SC, 29602-9026
Or Email:
bfgoodrichtires.com
INDEX
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Page
Alterations ..........................................................16
Storage ................................................................17
Customization ......................................................16
Temporary Spares................................................18
High Speed Driving ..............................................11
Tire & Wheel Inspection ................................12-13
Inflation ............................................................8-10
Tire Mixing ..........................................................15
Mounting ........................................................17-18
Trailer Towing ....................................................14
Overload ........................................................13-14
Warranty ............................................................1-6
Repairs ............................................................16-17
Wear Bars ............................................................13
Rotation ..........................................................15-16
Wheel Alignment ................................................14
Speed Ratings ................................................11-12
Wheel Balance ....................................................14
Spinning ..........................................................10-11
Winter Driving ....................................................15
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ROTATION SERVICE RECORD (For Treadwear Limited Warranties only)
Vehicle Mileage at Time of Mounting:
Date Tires were Mounted:
DATE OF
ROTATION
ODOMETER
READING
RETAILER NAME AND ADDRESS
RETAILER
SIGNATURE
PSI
(check)
To validate the treadwear portion of this warranty, your tires must be inspected and rotated every 7,500 miles and the PSI set as recommended on the vehicle placard.
Owner Certification: I hereby certify that these services were performed as indicated and that I am the original purchaser of the tires and the owner of the vehicle on
which they were originally installed and exclusively used.
Consumer Signature ______________________________________ Date ______________
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ORIGINAL OWNER/TIRE INSTALLATION INFORMATION
To be completed at time of purchase
Date of Purchase: ____________________________________
Tire Size: ____________________________________________
Owner Name: ________________________________________
Recommended Tire Pressure Front: __________________PSI
Address: ____________________________________________
Recommended Tire Pressure Rear: __________________PSI
DOT No: ______________________________________Tire #1:
City: ________________________________________________
______________________________________________Tire #2:
State: ________________ Zip Code:____________________
______________________________________________Tire #3:
Phone No.: __________________________________________
______________________________________________Tire #4:
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: ____________________________
______________________________________________Tire #5:
Odometer Reading: __________________________________
______________________________________________Tire #6:
TIRE REMOVAL INFORMATION
Odometer reading
when tires removed:
Date
Removed:
Retailer
Name:
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Retailer
Signature:
NOTES
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You should have complete confidence in your new BFGoodrich® tires. Still it’s important to
register your tires in the event that we need to contact you. For online tire registration, visit
www.bfgoodrichtires.com/register.
MNA, P.O. BOX 19026, GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA 29602-9026
11/04 Printing
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
STOCK #: BMW 21078 (Rev. 11/04)
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