Limited Warranty and Operator`s Manual

Limited Warranty and Operator`s Manual
COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRE LIMITED WARRANTY / OPERATOR’S MANUAL
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READ THIS MANUAL; IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF YOUR TIRES.
• FOR SAFETY AND GOOD PERFORMANCE YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF YOUR TIRES.
• FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN THIS OPERATOR’S MANUAL.
• CORRECT TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE IS VERY IMPORTANT.
• CHECK TIRE INFLATION PRESSURES AT LEAST ONCE EACH WEEK WHEN TIRES ARE COLD.
• FOR FURTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES, CONSULT ANY AUTHORIZED BFGOODRICH
COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRE DEALER.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES LIMITED WARRANTY
ABOUT THIS WARRANTY
workmanship and materials for the life of the original tread or 60
months from the date of manufacture, which is based on the original
BFGoodrich DOT* number molded on the tire sidewall (whichever
occurs first). At that time, all warranties, express or implied, expire.
The information contained in this manual is provided to enable
you to operate your tires safely. It is therefore important that this
information is made readily available to all personnel involved
in the operation of the tires. In addition, the danger of neglecting
the advice contained in this manual should be explained to all
managers, drivers, mechanics and other personnel involved with the
maintenance and use of the tires.
Certain BFGoodrich commercial truck tires used only in long-haul
service according to the instructions contained in this Operator’s
Manual, are covered by this limited warranty against defects in
workmanship and materials for up to 2 retreads for 60 months from
the date of manufacture, as defined above, when retreaded by an
authorized Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT) dealer or an Oliver
Retread dealer (Extended Warranty). At that time, all warranties,
express or implied, expire.
Additional copies of this Limited Warranty and Operator’s Manual
are available from BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealers or
online at BFGoodrichTruckTires.com.
WHAT IS COVERED AND FOR HOW LONG –
COMMERCIAL USE
Tires covered by this Extended Warranty must have been inspected
by an authorized BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer and
retreaded by an authorized Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT)
dealer or an authorized Oliver Retread dealer, in accordance
with the repair and retreading standards set by the Tire Industry
Association and/or Michelin Retread Technologies, Inc., (MRTI)
and/or Oliver Retread dealer.
Workmanship and Materials
Except as limited in this document, every BFGoodrich® commercial
truck tire bearing the BFGoodrich® brand and complete serial and
identification numbers, used in commercial service, according to
the instructions contained in this Limited Warranty and Operator’s
Manual, are covered by this limited warranty against defects in
*DOT - Department of Transportation
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES LIMITED WARRANTY
Definitions
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
The life of the original usable tread is the original tread down to the
level of the treadwear indicators – 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of
tread remaining.* Date of purchase is documented by new vehicle
registration or tire sales invoice. If no proof of purchase is available,
coverage will be based on the date of manufacture, as molded on
the sidewall. The date of manufacture is based on the original
BFGoodrich DOT** number molded on the tire sidewall.
Replacement will be made in accordance with the terms and
conditions described under “HOW REPLACEMENT CHARGES ARE
CALCULATED” on Page 4.
Tires/casings 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, improper
retread or improper repair;
– Misapplication, improper maintenance, racing, under inflation,
over inflation or other abuse resulting in casing damage or
fatigue;
– Accident, fire, chemical corrosion, contamination, tire alteration
or vandalism;
– Flat spotting caused by improper storage;
– The addition of liquid, solid or gaseous materials other than air,
nitrogen or carbon dioxide;
– Uses other than long haul service for any extended warranty
casing claims;
– Uneven or rapid wear caused by mechanical irregularity in the
vehicle, such as wheel misalignment, resulting in damage to the
under-tread, carcass or steel belts;
– Ozone or weather checking.
* Federal law requires that truck tires on front axles have at least
4/32nds tread depth
**DOT - Department of Transportation
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES LIMITED WARRANTY
HOW REPLACEMENT CHARGES ARE CALCULATED
Long Haul Tires with Extended Warranty
Workmanship and Materials
If your Long Haul tire covered by the “60 months/2-Retreads
Manufacturer’s Limited Casing Warranty (Extended Warranty)”
becomes unserviceable due to a condition covered by this warranty
before providing 60 months and 2 retreads of service, BFGoodrich
commercial truck tires will provide casing credit based on the
following schedule:
Warranty claims can only be processed through an authorized
BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer. 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® commercial truck tire, for a pro rata charge.
The BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer will determine the
charge by multiplying the percentage of the original usable tread
worn by the current dealer selling price at the adjustment location
or the price on the current BFGoodrich commercial truck tires Base
Price List, whichever is lower.
Life of Casing up to 60 months
Casing Credit
Original Tread First Retread Second Retread Market Value*
Market Value*
Market Value*
*Casing Credit Market Value will be based on age, condition and local market.
The vehicle on which the tire was used must be made available to
the BFGoodrich commercial truck tire representative for inspection.
WHAT YOU MUST DO WHEN MAKING A CLAIM
You pay the cost of mounting, balancing, and any other
service charges and applicable taxes.
When making a claim under the terms of this limited warranty,
you must present your tire/casing to an authorized BFGoodrich
commercial truck tire dealer. You pay any service charges for normal
vehicle and tire maintenance.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES LIMITED WARRANTY
CONDITIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
SAFETY MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
Unless this limitation is prohibited by state law, this warranty does
not provide compensation for loss of time, loss of use of vehicle,
inconvenience, or incidental or consequential damages. Tires/
casings presented for claim remain the property of the owner, and
BFGoodrich® commercial truck tires accept no responsibility for loss
of, or damage to, tires/casings, which are in the custody or control
of an authorized BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer for the
purpose of inspection for warranty adjustment.
Read the BFGoodrich commercial truck tire Data Book, the
BFGoodrich commercial truck tire Limited Warranty and Operator’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 an authorized BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer
listed in the dealer locator on www.bfgoodrichtrucktires.com.
Tires accepted for claim become the property of Michelin North
America, Inc., (MNA). In the event of a disputed claim, the owner
must make the tire available for further inspection. No BFGoodrich
commercial truck tire representative, employee or dealer has
the authority to make or imply any representation, promise or
agreement, which in any way varies the terms of this limited
warranty.
2. If additional assistance is needed in locating an authorized
BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer, please call or write to
BFGoodrich commercial truck tire consumer care listed on
Page 13.
This limited warranty applies only in the United States.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
CHECK THE COLD INFLATION PRESSURE IN ALL YOUR TIRES,
INCLUDING THE SPARES, AT LEAST ONCE EACH WEEK.
WARNING
Disregarding any of the safety precautions and instructions
contained in this manual may result in tire failure or
explosion causing serious personal injury or death.
Failure to maintain correct inflation pressure may result in sudden
tire destruction, improper vehicle handling, and may cause rapid
and irregular wear. Therefore, inflation pressures should be checked
weekly and always before long distance trips.
DRIVING ON ANY TIRE THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT
INFLATION PRESSURE IS DANGEROUS AND MAY CAUSE
IRREPARABLE TIRE DAMAGE.
Pressures should be checked when tires are cold, that is, before
they have been driven on. The ideal time to check tire pressures
is early morning. Driving, even for a short distance, causes tires to
heat up and air pressures to increase.
Any underinflated tire builds up excessive heat that may result in
tire destruction.
Never bleed air from hot tires. “Bleeding” air from a hot tire could
result in underinflation.
The correct inflation pressure for your tires is a function of many
factors including: load, speed, road surface, and handling.
Use an accurate tire gauge to check pressures. If your pressure
check indicates that one of your tires has lost pressure of four
pounds or more, look for signs of penetration, valve leakage, or
wheel damage that may account for the air loss.
Consult your BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer for the proper
inflation pressures for your application or follow the indications in
the BFGoodrich Commercial Truck Tire Data Book (BWT42029).
Any tire suspected of having been run flat or run at very low air
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Inspection
pressure (less than 80% of normal operating pressure) should never
be re-inflated without careful inspection of the entire tire.
Always examine your tires 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.
Consult your BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer for proper
maintenance recommendations.
If any such damage is found, the tire must be inspected by your
BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer at once. Use of a damaged
tire could result in rapid pressure loss and sudden tire destruction.
INSPECT YOUR TIRES DAILY, IF YOU SEE ANY DAMAGE
TO YOUR TIRES OR WHEELS, SEE YOUR BFGOODRICH
COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRE DEALER AT ONCE.
Failure to control a vehicle when one or more tires experience a
sudden pressure 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
surfaces which are in poor condition, and off-road use.
Driving over potholes, curbs, 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.
Surfaces with holes and rocks or other objects can damage tires and
cause vehicle misalignment. When driving on such surfaces, 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.
If you see damage to your tires or wheels, replace with a spare and
immediately visit a BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer for
advice.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Wear Bars
speed will cause the tire to build up excessive heat which can
result in sudden tire destruction, property damage, and personal
injury.
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BFGoodrich commercial truck tires contain “wear bars” in the
grooves of the tire tread. They are revealed when only 2/32nds of an
inch or less of the tread is remaining. At this stage your tires must
be removed.
When driving at highway speeds*, correct inflation pressure is
especially important. However, at these speeds, even with the
correct inflation pressures, 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 speeds reduces the reaction time required to avoid accidents
and bring your vehicle to a safe stop.
Tires worn beyond this stage are dangerous. (Federal law requires
that truck tires on front axles have at least 4/32nds tread depth.)
HIGH SPEED* DRIVING CAN BE DANGEROUS AND MAY
DAMAGE YOUR TIRES
If you see any damage to a tire or wheel, replace the tire with a
spare at once and visit your BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer
for a complete inspection.
The maximum speed at which BFGoodrich commercial truck tires
can be operated is indicated in the BFGoodrich Commercial Truck
Tire Data Book. This speed varies for each type of tire. It depends on
the type of application and may be less than the posted legal limit.
*Exceeding the legal speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed.
Consult a BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer for assistance in
determining the maximum speed for your application including the
proper load inflation recommendations. Exceeding this maximum
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
WHEEL ALIGNMENT, TRACKING, AND BALANCING ARE
IMPORTANT FOR SAFETY AND MAXIMUM TIRE MILEAGE
FROM YOUR TIRES.
is recommended that you have your tires and wheels dynamically
balanced.
DO NOT OVERLOAD. DRIVING ON ANY OVERLOADED TIRE IS
DANGEROUS.
CHECK HOW YOUR TIRES ARE WEARING AT LEAST ONCE EACH
MONTH.
The maximum load that can be put on a truck tire is dependent
upon the speed at which the tire will be used. Consult your
BFGoodrich commercial truck tire dealer and a BFGoodrich
commercial truck tire Data Book for complete information on the
allowable loads for the tires in your application. Tires which are
loaded beyond their maximum allowable load for the particular
application will build up excessive heat that may result in sudden
tire destruction, property damage, and personal injury.
If your tires show signs of irregular wear, your vehicle may be out of
alignment. This condition not only shortens the life of your tires but
also adversely affects the handling characteristics of your vehicle,
which could be dangerous. If irregular wear is indicated, check
the alignment of your vehicle’s wheels and the parallelism of your
vehicle’s axles. Tires which have been run underinflated will show
more wear on the shoulders than in the crown of the tread.
In the case of dual mounted tires, if one of the tires is run
underinflated or flat then the other tire will become severely
overloaded which could lead to tire failure. “Limping in” is illegal
and should never be attempted.
For optimum tire life and performance, the front end alignment
on trucks equipped with BFGoodrich® commercial truck tires
should be in accordance with the recommendations of the vehicle
manufacturer. Tires and wheels which are not balanced may cause
steering difficulties, a bumpy ride, and worn spots on the tires. It
Do not exceed the gross axle weight rating for any axle on your
vehicle.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
TIRE MIXING
IMPROPERLY RETREADED AND/OR REPAIRED TIRES ARE
DANGEROUS AND CAN CAUSE TIRE DESTRUCTION, PROPERTY
DAMAGE AND PERSONAL INJURY.
Only tires of identical size and construction should be mounted on
the same axle.
Retreading and repairing of BFGoodrich® commercial truck tires
should be carried out only by qualified personnel with proper
equipment. For further information, consult your BFGoodrich
commercial truck tire dealer.
TIRE ALTERATIONS
Do not make or allow any alterations to be made to your tires.
Alterations may prevent proper performance, leading to tire damage
which can result in an accident. Tires which become unserviceable
due to alterations such as, but not limited to, truing, addition of
balancing or sealant liquids, or the use of tire dressings containing
petroleum distillates, are excluded from warranty coverage.
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.
If a tire sustains a puncture, have the tire demounted and
thoroughly inspected by any BFGoodrich commercial truck tire
dealer for possible damage that may have occurred.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
STORAGE
FOLLOW THESE MOUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS TO
PREVENT TIRE DESTRUCTION, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND
PERSONAL INJURY.
All tires should be stored in a cool, dry, clean indoor environment so
that there is no danger of water collecting inside them.
Regulations and recommendations published by the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of
Labor (OSHA) explain in detail the proper manner to mount and
demount tires for trucks. You should ensure that you are always
in compliance with these regulations and recommendations. In
addition, always bear in mind the following considerations:
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. For this reason, tires
should always be stored in a cool, dry, clean indoor environment,
away from sources of heat and ozone, such as hot pipes or electric
generators. Be sure that surfaces on which tires are stored are
free from grease, gasoline, or other such substances which could
deteriorate the rubber. TIRES EXPOSED TO OR DRIVEN ON THESE
SUBSTANCES COULD BE SUBJECT TO SUDDEN FAILURE.
Be sure that all rim components (i.e. flanges, rim base, etc.) match.
Be sure to check rim/wheel manufacturer’s specifications.
Tires should be mounted on rims and wheels which are in good,
clean condition. Bent, chipped or rusted wheels, rims, or rim
components can cause tire damage and can also malfunction
causing an accident.
When changing any tire, deflate the tire before loosening any wheel
or rim lugs. Always install new valve cores with new mountings.
Failure to store tires in accordance with these instructions could
result in premature aging of the tires and sudden tire failure.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
PREPARATION OF WHEELS AND RIMS
LUBRICANT: Always use a proper lubricant when mounting tires. Use
only a thin vegetable oil, soap solution or other approved rubber
lubricant. Never use anti-freeze, silicones, or petroleum based
lubricants. Do not let excessive lubricant run down and collect
inside the tire.
Prior to fitment, wheel assemblies should be thoroughly inspected
for any damage such as cracks, warpage, deformation of flanges or
stud hole damage. If any one of these conditions is discovered, the
rim/wheel should be discarded. All burrs, welds, hammer dents,
etc, that are present on the tire side of the rim must be smoothed
with a file and/or emery cloth. Remove all rust with a wire brush and
apply a rust inhibiting paint.
SAFETY CAGE: Always use a safety cage or other OSHA approved
restraining devices when inflating a truck tire. Never stand over a
tire or in front of a valve when inflating. Before final inflation, check
the assembly carefully for signs of weakness or irregularities. When
wheel assemblies are mounted on a vehicle, be sure that the valves
do not touch the brake drums or any mechanical part of the vehicle.
VALVE CAPS: It is essential that suitable valve caps be fitted to
avoid leaking. The valve cap is the primary seal. After mounting,
check the assembly for leaks.
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BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES OPERATOR’S MANUAL
IF YOU SEE DAMAGE TO YOUR TIRES OR WHEELS, VISIT ANY
BFGOODRICH COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRE DEALER AT ONCE. IF
FURTHER ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED, CALL 1-877-788-8899,
DUAL MOUNTING: Tires mounted in duals must be matched so that
the maximum difference between the diameters of the tires does
not exceed ¼ inch. Failure to properly match dual tires will result in
the tire with the larger diameter carrying a disproportionate share of
the load which can cause sudden tire destruction, property damage,
and personal injury.
OR WRITE:
BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES
CONSUMER CARE
ATTN.: TECHNICAL SUPPORT/MARKETING DEPT.
P.O. BOX 19001
GREENVILLE, SC 29602
It is also important that sufficient dual spacing be provided to allow
air to flow and cool the tires and to prevent them from rubbing
against one another. See your BFGoodrich commercial truck tire
dealer for information on the minimum dual spacing required and
for complete mounting instructions.
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REMEMBER....TO AVOID TIRE DAMAGE AND POSSIBLE ACCIDENT;
• MAINTAIN THE PROPER PRESSURE IN THE TIRES FOR THE LOAD BEING CARRIED
• CHECK THE COLD TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE AT LEAST ONCE EACH WEEK
• DO NOT UNDERINFLATE OR OVERLOAD YOUR TIRES
• NEVER EXCEED THE MAXIMUM SPEED SPECIFIED FOR YOUR TIRES WHICH COULD BE LOWER THAN THE POSTED LEGAL
LIMIT
• AVOID DRIVING OVER POTHOLES, OBSTACLES, CURBS AND EDGES OF PAVEMENT
• MAKE SURE ALL RETREADS AND REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED BY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL WITH PROPER EQUIPMENT
• IF YOU SEE ANY DAMAGE TO A TIRE, REPLACE IT WITH THE SPARE AT ONCE AND VISIT ANY BFGOODRICH COMMERCIAL
TRUCK TIRE DEALER
• IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT YOUR BFGOODRICH COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRE DEALER
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To Find Your Nearest BFGoodrich Commercial Truck Tire
Dealer Call:
United States, 1-877-788-8899
Canada, 1-888-871-6666
Mexico, 01-800-062-0628
or visit www.bfgoodrichtrucktires.com
BFGOODRICH® COMMERCIAL TRUCK TIRES. • P.O. BOX 19001 • GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA 29602-9001
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