Michelin LIGHT TRUCK TIRE Owner`s manual

Original Equipment
Passenger & Light Truck Tire
Owner’s Manual & Limited Warranty
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MICHELIN® PASSENGER AND LIGHT TRUCK TIRE LIMITED WARRANTY
ABOUT THIS WARRANTY
provides specific safety and maintenance information for your ZP tires.
As the original purchaser of a Michelin® passenger or light truck tire, you are
covered by all the benefits and conditions (subject to the maintenance
recommendations and safety warnings) contained in this booklet. To ensure
your understanding of and compliance with the terms and conditions of this
warranty, please read it carefully. It is essential that you also read and
understand the safety and maintenance recommendations for tires contained
in this booklet.
Michelin® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires are part of a very
sophisticated system which is designed to provide a very simple benefit: Peace
of Mind. With these tires, you can maneuver the vehicle up to 80 kilometers at
90 kph, unless otherwise specified in your vehicle owner’s manual, even though
the tire has lost all air! That means time to exit from the highway and get to a
place where the tire can be inspected, replaced, or possibly returned to service.
The distance that can safely be travelled following an air loss incident will
depend upon the conditions under which the vehicle is operating, the degree
of air loss, the extent of the damage causing the air loss, the ambient
temperature,the load, and the operating speed of the vehicle. The fewer
kilometers you travel after an air loss incident, the greater the likelihood that
the tire can be re-inflated (or, if punctured, repaired) and returned to service.
Limited mileage warranty:
Michelin® passenger and light truck tires – replacement and original equipment
– are covered by a limited mileage warranty (hereafter referred to as limited
warranty for tread wear). For the mileage warranty associated with each tire
line, please see your Michelin tire retailer – or visit us at
www.michelinman.ca/promise. Certain conditions and limitations apply.
Mileage warranties vary by tire line and certain exclusions may apply.
WHAT IS COVERED AND FOR HOW LONG
Passenger and Light Truck Tires
Michelin® 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 this owner’s manual, are
covered by this warranty against defects in workmanship and materials for the
life of the original usable tread, or 6 years from the date of purchase, whichever
occurs first. At that time, all warranties, express or implied, expire. The usable
Self-Supporting Zero Pressure Tires (ZP)
As the purchaser of a Michelin® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) passenger
tire, mounted on a vehicle approved for ZP tires, equipped with a properly
operating low tire pressure warning system, you are covered by this warranty.
Please pay close attention to the Owner’s Manual part of this booklet since it
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limited warranty for tread wear. Also please note that mileage warranties apply
to tires that come as original equipment on new vehicles purchased on or after
September 1, 2011 (model year 2011 and later). For the mileage warranty
associated with a specific tire line, please see your Michelin tire retailer or visit
us at www.michelinman.ca/promise. Some vehicles come from the vehicle
manufacturer with “split fitments” – meaning different size tires on the front
and rear axles. Because these tires cannot be rotated as recommended by
Michelin, the mileage warranty on each rear tire will cover half the number of
kilometers as the standard mileage warranty for that particular tire design.
MICHELIN® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires have the same mileage
warranty as the standard tire line of which they are a part, up to but not
exceeding 50,000 kilometers. DOT-approved competition tires (e.g., MICHELIN®
Pilot® Sport Cup tires) are excluded from any mileage warranty. MICHELIN®
winter tires must be used during winter months only, defined as a period
beginning on or after September 1 of a given year and ending no later than
April 30 of the following year. MICHELIN® winter tires require documentation
of the timing of the installation and removal of the tires each winter to maintain
coverage under the limited warranty for tread wear.
tread is the original tread down to the level of the tread wear 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.
Replacement will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions
described under “How Replacement Charges are Calculated”. Note: your
vehicle manufacturer may provide additional tire warranty coverage over and
above what is provided by Michelin®. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for
further information.
NOTE: Some Michelin® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires can only be
mounted on special SH-M (Symmetric Hump - Modified) wheels. These tires
bear the special SH-M designation, molded into the sidewall of the tire, next to
the ZP designation. DO NOT MOUNT A TIRE WITH THE SH-M DESIGNATION ON
THE SIDEWALL ON A STANDARD WHEEL. DOING SO VOIDS THIS LIMITED
WARRANTY AND COULD CAUSE THE TIRE TO BECOME UNSERVICEABLE AT
LOW OR ZERO PRESSURE, RESULTING IN SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR
DEATH.
An important reminder:
No tire manufacturer can unconditionally guarantee you a certain number of
kilometers from a given tire. Driving habits, driving conditions, road conditions,
and vehicle maintenance all play a part in the tread life of a tire. If a tire does
Tread wear – mileage warranty coverage for MICHELIN®
passenger and light truck tires:
MICHELIN® passenger and light truck tires are covered by a manufacturer’s
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not reach the warranted mileage, and the owner of the tires has complied with
the terms and conditions of the warranty, Michelin will replace the tires as
described under “How Replacement Charges are calculated”.
• Use in commercial applications for treadwear;
• Flat spotting caused by improper storage or brakelock;
• 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;
• Use of MICHELIN Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires without a properly
operating low air pressure warning system.
Temporary Spares
Michelin® temporary spare tires are covered by this warranty for 6 years from
the date of purchase or until the first 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of the
original tread is worn off. 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 date of manufacture. At that time, all warranties, express or
implied, expire.
HOW REPLACEMENT CHARGES ARE CALCULATED
Passenger and Light Truck 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 Michelin tire, free of charge, when 2/32nds of an inch (1.6
mm) or less of the original tread is worn, (or 25% or less, whichever is more
beneficial to the user) and within 12 months of the date of purchase. Mounting
and balancing of the tire is included. You pay the cost of any other
service charges and applicable taxes.
When more than 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of original tread has been worn
(or more than 25%, whichever is more beneficial to the user) or after 12
months from the date of purchase, you must pay the cost of a comparable new
Michelin® passenger or light truck replacement tire on a pro rata basis. The
retailer will determine the charge by multiplying the percentage of the original
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;
• 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 (1.6 mm) or more across the tread on the same tire);
• Accident, fire, chemical corrosion, tire alteration, or vandalism;
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usable tread worn, by the price in the current Michelin® Base Price List. 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.
3) The completed Service Record form, Original Owner/Tire Installation
Information form, and the Original Invoice are presented to a participating
Michelin 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.
Tread wear
A tire meeting the conditions for pro rata replacement, which wears evenly
across the tread, down to the tread wear indicators (2/32nds of an inch tread
remaining) within six years of the date of purchase, and before delivering the
warranted kilometers of service, will be replaced with a comparable new
MICHELIN® tire based on mileage received. The participating Michelin tire
retailer will determine the charge by multiplying the percent of mileage
received by the price of the tire in the current MICHELIN® Base Price List. 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 dealer services and applicable taxes or fees.
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 Michelin tire
retailer every 12,000 kilometers, and the attached Mounting and Rotation
Service Record has been fully completed and signed;
Temporary Spare Tires
A Michelin® Temporary Spare used in temporary service on the vehicle in which
it was originally installed, which becomes unserviceable due to a condition
covered by this warranty, will be replaced with a comparable new Michelin¨
Temporary Spare tire, free of charge, when it is worn less than 1/32nd of an
inch (0.8 mm). The cost of mounting and balancing is included. You pay the
cost of any other service charge and applicable taxes.
When 1/32nd of an inch (0.8 mm) of the original tread has been worn but less
than 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) the tire will be replaced at 50% according to
current actual selling price at the adjustment location. You pay the cost of
mounting, balancing, and any other service charges and
applicable taxes.
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WHAT YOU MUST DO WHEN MAKING A CLAIM
In the event of a disputed claim, the consumer must make the
tire available for further inspection.
When making a claim under the terms of this limited warranty, you must
present your tire(s) to a participating Michelin® retailer. The vehicle on which the
tires were used must be available for inspection.
Tires accepted for claim become the property of Michelin® North America, Inc.
No Michelin® representative, employee or retailer has the authority to make or
imply any representation, promise or agreement, which in any way varies from
the terms of this warranty.
Michelin® tire retailers are listed in the yellow pages under “Tire Dealers-Retail”.
Personal identification (i.e. Driver’s License, etc.) and vehicle registration may be
required.
You pay service charges for normal vehicle and tire
maintenance.
This warranty applies only in the United States and Canada.
CONDITIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
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.
SAFETY MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
This limited warranty does not provide compensation for loss of time, loss of use
of vehicle, inconvenience or incidental or consequential damages. Tires
presented for claim remain the property of the consumer and Michelin® accepts
no responsibility for loss or damage to tires which are in the custody or control
of a Michelin® tire retailer for the purpose of inspection for warranty
adjustment.
When service is required:
1
Contact a participating Michelin® tire retailer listed in your local
yellow pages.
2
If additional assistance in locating a participating Michelin® tire retailer is
required, please call the phone number listed for your area on page 22.
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SAFETY 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.
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TIRE DISABLEMENT
SAFETY WARNING
DRIVING ON ANY TIRE THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE
CORRECT INFLATION PRESSURE IS DANGEROUS
Any tire may fail as a result of an improperly repaired puncture, impact damage,
improper inflation, overloading or other conditions resulting from use or
misuse. Tire failures, such as a rapid air loss or a tread and belt detachment,
may increase risk of injury or death and/or property damage. To reduce the risk
of a tire failure, Michelin recommends you thoroughly read and follow the
recommendations in this Michelin Limited Warranty/Owner’s Manual, vehicle
owner’s manual, tire placard information, and tire sidewall information
regarding safety warnings, proper tire use and maintenance.
Any underinflated tire builds up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire
destruction. If tires are supplied as original equipment, refer to the tire decal
on the vehicle (check vehicle and/or vehicle owner’s manual for decal location)
for the recommended operating pressures. For replacement tires, the correct
inflation pressure will be provided by your tire retailer; if not, refer to the
vehicle decal.
CONTROLLABILITY
SELF-SUPPORTING ZERO PRESSURE (ZP) TIRES AT
LOW OR ZERO AIR PRESSURE
These inflation pressures must be maintained as a minimum. However, do not
exceed the maximum pressure rating indicated on the tire sidewall.
CONTROLLING A VEHICLE WHEN A TIRE FAILURE OCCURS
If a tire failure occurs, you may hear a loud noise, feel a vibration, and/or the
vehicle may pull toward the side of the failed tire. If possible, step on the
accelerator momentarily to maintain forward momentum and ensure vehicle
control. It is important that you DO NOT BRAKE OR ABRUPTLY
TURN THE STEERING WHEEL. Slowly remove your foot from the
accelerator and hold the steering wheel firmly while steering to remain in your
lane. Once the vehicle has slowed and is fully under control, apply the brakes
gently; safely pull over to the shoulder and come to a stop. Inspect the tires.
If one or more tires look flat or low, show detachment or other damage,
remove tire assembly and replace it with a properly inflated spare. Bumps or
bulges may indicate detachment within the tire body and require inspection by
a qualified tire technician.
The handling characteristics of a vehicle with a deflated Self-Supporting Zero
Pressure (ZP) tire (whether front or rear) are not the same as those of a vehicle
with normally inflated tires. Avoid high speeds and hard cornering whenever
a low pressure warning is activated.
Even a Michelin® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tire can build up excessive
heat when run underinflated for an extended period of time. The length of
time and distance a Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tire will perform at low
or zero air pressure will depend upon the severity of the event causing air
loss, ambient temperature, speed at which the tire is operated, and the
conditions under which the tire is operated (i.e. hard braking, cornering and
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other sharp maneuvers will greatly reduce the length of time the tire can
perform at low or zero air pressure.) 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 temporary spare. If Michelin® Self-Supporting Zero
Pressure (ZP) tires are supplied as original equipment, refer to the vehicle
owner’s manual for complete details on the low air pressure warning system
designed to alert you in the event of a low pressure condition.
For all types of tires, consult your vehicle tire placard or owner’s manual for
recommended operating pressures. If the tires are purchased as replacement
tires, operating instructions for the low pressure warning system will be
provided by the manufacturer of that system. Recommended operating
pressures will be provided by a participating Michelin® retailer for self
supporting ZP tires. These inflation pressures must be maintained as a
minimum. However, do not exceed the maximum pressure rating indicated
on the tire sidewall.
NOTE: MICHELIN® SELF-SUPPORTING ZERO PRESSURE (ZP) TIRES ARE TO BE
USED ONLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN OPERATIONAL, MICHELIN ®
APPROVED, LOW AIR PRESSURE WARNING SYSTEM. Otherwise, all provisions
of the limited warranty are void. For a list of approved systems, see your
participating Michelin® retailer, or call 1-800-847-3435 in the United States
or 1-888-871-4444 in Canada.
CHECK THE COLD INFLATION PRESSURES IN ALL
YOUR TIRES, INCLUDING THE SPARE, AT LEAST
ONCE EACH MONTH
Failure to maintain correct inflation 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 Zero
Pressure (ZP) tires which are as susceptible to losing air pressure as any other
type of tire if not properly maintained.
NOTE: Some MICHELIN® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires can only be
mounted on special SH-M (Symmetric Hump - Modified) wheels. These tires
bear the special SH-M designation, molded into the sidewall of the tire, next
to the ZP designation. DO NOT MOUNT A TIRE WITH THE SH-M
DESIGNATION ON THE SIDEWALL ON A STANDARD WHEEL. DOING SO
VOIDS THIS LIMITED WARRANTY AND COULD CAUSE THE TIRE TO BECOME
UNSERVICEABLE AT LOW OR ZERO PRESSURE, RESULTING IN SERIOUS
PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
UNDERINFLATION
It is impossible to determine whether tires are properly inflated by simply
looking at them. It is almost impossible to “feel or hear” when a tire is
being run underinflated or nearly flat. Tires must be checked monthly with
a tire pressure gauge.
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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.
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FOR SELF-SUPPORTING ZERO PRESSURE (ZP) TIRES
CHECK INFLATION PRESSURES AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE FOLLOWING A LOW PRESSURE WARNING
Low pressure warning systems are designed to alert the driver to a low air
pressure situation in at least one tire on the vehicle. While your ZP 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 tire can be returned to service.
Checking pressure when tires are hot:
If pressures are checked after tires have been driven for more than three
minutes or more than two kilometers the tires become hot and the 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.
Always visually inspect your Michelin® self-supporting tires
and use a pressure gauge to check the air pressure in all 4
tires following any low pressure warning. (Unless advised to
do otherwise by the manufacturer of your low pressure
warning system.)
For Example Only:
Gauge reading of hot tire: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 psi (220 kPa)
If recommended cold inflation pressure is: . . . . . 30 psi (205 kPa)
Desired gauge reading of hot tire 30 + 4 psi = . . 34 psi (205 + 30 = 235 kPa)
Therefore: add 2 psi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (15 kPa)
If the tire pressure is at or below 18 PSI, proceed to the nearest
participating Michelin® 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 thoroughly inspected
for possible internal damage.
Check cold pressure as soon as possible, preferably within 24
hours. “Bleeding” air from hot tires could result in underinflation. Use an accurate tire gauge to check pressures. Never
allow children to inflate or deflate tires.
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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 5 PSI from the previous pressure check, have
the tire inspected at once by a participating Michelin® tire
retailer (or representative of your vehicle manufacturer if your
vehicle owner’s manual so advises.) Failure to do so may cause
irreparable damage to the tire and result in sudden tire
destruction and personal injury.
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calibration to the new inflation pressure. Refer to your tire dealer/installer of
plus size tires for proper inflation pressure.
We recommend checking air pressure once each month, and before a long trip.
Whether you have a full-sized or mini-spare, make sure that it is properly
inflated as well. If the TPMS generates improper monitoring or signals we
recommend that you consult your owner’s manual provided with your vehicle
and follow-up with your vehicle’s manufacturer.
TIRE SPINNING
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS (TPMS):
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.
Your vehicle may be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
that is designed to monitor the pressure of tires mounted on your vehicle and
sends a signal to the driver if a tire pressure falls below a predetermined level.
A TPMS should not replace monthly manual pressure checks for all four (4) tires
and the spare. We recommend that you manually monitor and check tire
pressure inflation with a pressure gauge.
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.
Your tires should have the recommended pressure listed by your vehicle's
manufacturer. This information can be found in the vehicle owner's manual and
often on a placard located in the vehicle's door jamb, inside the fuel hatch, or
on the glove compartment door. If you have a plus size fitment that requires a
higher inflation pressure, your tire pressure monitoring system will require re-
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HIGH SPEED DRIVING CAN BE DANGEROUS
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 Michelin Tire Retailer.
Exceeding the maximum speeds shown on the following page for each
type of Michelin® tire will cause the tire to build up excessive heat which
can cause tire damage that 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.
In any case, you should not exceed reasonable speeds as
indicated by the legal limits and driving conditions.
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SPEED RATINGS
Speed Symbols are shown on the
sidewall of some Michelin® 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
Michelin® tire retailer for maximum
speed rating if your vehicle
capability exceeds this speed.
**Z (or ZR) rated tires are
designed to use on cars with
maximum speed capabilities in
excess of 149 mph (240 km/h).
SPEED
Ratings
M
N
P
Q
R
S
T
H
V
V*
W
Y
Maximum
Km/hr
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
210
240
240+
270
300
300+
Speed
mph
81
87
93
100
106
112
118
130
149
149+
168
186
186+
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underinflated, overloaded, worn out, damaged, altered, improperly repaired, or
retreaded. Furthermore, a tire’s speed rating does not imply that vehicles 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.
Michelin® highway passenger tires that do not have a speed symbol on the
sidewall have a maximum speed rating of 105 mph (170 kph). Light truck
highway tires that do not have a speed symbol on the sidewall of the tire have
a maximum speed rating of 87 mph (140 kph).
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 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 above table.
ZR**
REMEMBER…High speed driving can be dangerous and may damage your tires.
(W and Y speed ratings are sub-categories of Z).
AND…When driving at highway speeds, correct inflation pressure is especially
important.
Consult your Michelin® tire retailer for maximum speed capabilities.
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
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If you suspect any damage to your tire or wheel from an
impact with a curb, pothole, debris on the road or any other
road hazard, or if you feel or hear any unusual vibration,
replace with a properly inflated spare at once and
immediately visit any qualified tire technician.
WINTER TIRES
Michelin® 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/h). Winter tires
with a speed symbol have a maximum speed rating in accordance with the
symbol.
INSPECTION
When inspecting your tires, including the spare, check the air pressures. If
the pressure check indicates that one of your tires has lost pressure of two
pounds or more, look for signs of penetration, valve leakage or wheel
damage that may account for the air loss.
INSPECT YOUR TIRES, DO NOT DRIVE ON A
DAMAGED TIRE OR WHEEL
HAZARDS
Objects in the road, such as potholes, glass, metal, rocks, wood, debris
and the like, can damage a tire and should be safely avoided. Unavoidable
contact with such objects should prompt a thorough tire inspection.
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
Michelin ® tire retailer at once. Use of a damaged tire could
result in tire destruction.
Anytime you see any damage to your tires or wheels, replace with the
spare at once and immediately visit any Michelin® tire retailer.
IMPACT DAMAGE
A tire impacted by a road hazard (curb, pothole, debris) may be damaged
but not have visible signs of damage on its surface. A tire damaged by an
impact may sustain a sudden failure a day, week, or even months later. You
may not recall hitting an object that damaged or injured your tires. Air
loss, unusual tire wear, localized wear or vibrations can also be signs of
internal tire damage.
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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.
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WEAR BARS
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Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) Tires and Trailer Towing
Operation of ZP tires at low or zero air pressure with a trailer in tow, is
dangerous and is not recommended. 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 re-inflated
to the proper air pressure. If the tire cannot be repaired, it must be
replaced with a new full size ZP tire, and inflated to the proper air
pressure, before the trailer can be safely towed again.
Michelin® tires contain “Wear-Bars” in the grooves of the tire tread which
show up when only 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of tread is remaining. At
this stage, your tires must be replaced. Tires worn beyond this stage are
extremely dangerous.
DO NOT OVERLOAD - DRIVING ON ANY
OVERLOADED TIRE IS DANGEROUS
The maximum load rating of your tires is molded 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 result in sudden tire
destruction.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT AND BALANCING ARE
IMPORTANT FOR SAFETY AND MAXIMUM MILEAGE
FROM YOUR TIRES
CHECK HOW YOUR TIRES ARE WEARING AT LEAST ONCE EACH
MONTH
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 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.
Do not exceed the gross axle weight rating for any axle on your vehicle.
TRAILER TOWING
If you anticipate towing a trailer, you should visit any Michelin® retailer for
advice concerning the correct size tire and pressures. Tire 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 tire load rating
be exceeded. Check the tire decal and the owner’s manual supplied by the
manufacturer of your vehicle for further recommendations on trailer
towing.
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TIRE MIXING
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sidewall with the letter “M” and “S” plus a pictograph of a
mountain with a snowflake on it.
Michelin® tires are radial tires and for best performance it is recommended
that the same size and type of tire be used on all four wheel positions.
Before mixing tires of different types in any configuration on any vehicle,
be sure to check the vehicle manufacturer’s Owner‘s Manual for its
recommendations.
TIRE ROTATION AND REPLACEMENT
To obtain maximum tire wear, it may be necessary to rotate your tires. Refer
to your vehicle owner’s manual for instructions on tire rotation. If you do
not have an owner‘s manual for your vehicle, Michelin® recommends
rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (10,000 to 12,000 km).
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.
Monthly inspection for tire wear is recommended. Your tires should be
rotated at the first sign of irregular wear, even if it occurs before 6,000
miles (10,000 km). This is true for all vehicles.
MICHELIN® DOES NOT RECOMMEND MIXING SELF-SUPPORTING ZERO
PRESSURE (ZP) TIRES WITH NON-ZP TIRES OTHER THAN THE TEMPORARY
USE OF THE SPARE TIRE.
When rotating tires with a directional tread pattern, observe the arrows
molded on the sidewall which show the direction the tire should turn.
Care must be taken to maintain the proper turning direction.
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.
Some Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) may not recognize that a
tire has been moved to a different position on your vehicle. Make certain
that your TPMS system is reset, if necessary, so as to correctly identify the
location of each tire on your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual
or your vehicle dealer.
While All-Season tires are designed to provide reliable
performance in some winter conditions, the use of
four (4) winter tires is recommended for optimum
performance. Tires designated for use in severe
winter conditions are marked on at least one
Determine whether rotated tires require tire inflation adjustment as front
and rear position tire pressure may vary according to the vehicle
manufacturer’s specification due to the actual load on that wheel position.
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Some vehicles may have different sized tires mounted on the front and
rear axles, and these different sized tires have rotation restrictions. Always
check the vehicle owner’s manual for the proper rotation
recommendations.
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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.
FULL-SIZE SPARE
Full-size spare tires (not temporary spares) of the same size and
construction should be used in a five (5) tire rotation. Always check the
inflation pressure of the full-size spare immediately before incorporating it
into rotation. Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pattern for
rotation, or if not available, see a qualified tire technician.
TIRE ALTERATIONS
Do not make or allow to be made any alterations on 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 truing, whitewall inlays, addition of balancing or sealant liquids, or the
use of tire dressing containing petroleum distillates are excluded from
warranty coverage.
REPLACEMENT OF TWO (2) TIRES
It is recommended that all four (4) tires are replaced at the same time.
However, when only two tires are replaced, the new ones should be put
on the rear. The new tires, with deeper tread, may provide better grip and
water evacuation in wet driving conditions.
REPAIRS - WHEREVER POSSIBLE, SEE YOUR
MICHELIN® TIRE RETAILER AT ONCE
CUSTOMIZATION OF TIRES, WHEELS, OR
SUSPENSION ON SUVS AND LIGHT TRUCKS
If any Michelin® tire sustains a puncture, have the tire demounted and
thoroughly inspected by any Michelin® tire retailer for possible damage
that may have occurred.
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
A tread area puncture in any Michelin® passenger or light truck tire can be
repaired provided that the puncture hole is not more than 1/4” in
diameter, and the tire has not been damaged further by the puncturing
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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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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 damage to your tires or premature aging of the
tires and sudden tire failure. When tires are stored, be sure they are
placed away from sources of heat and ozone such as hot pipes and electric
generators. Be sure that surfaces on which tires are stored are clean and
free from grease, gasoline or other substances which could deteriorate the
rubber. (Tires exposed to these materials during storage or
driving could be subject to sudden failure.)
TIRE REPAIRS
Repairs of all tires must be of the combined plug and inside patch type.
Plug only repairs are improper. A tire should be removed from the rim
and inspected prior to repair. Any tire repair done without removing the
tire from the rim is improper. An improperly repaired tire will cause further
damage to the tire by either leaking air or allowing air, moisture and
contaminants to enter the structure of the tire. An improperly repaired tire
can fail suddenly or at a later date.
FOLLOW THESE MOUNTING RECOMMENDATIONS
Tire changing can be dangerous and must be done by
professionally trained persons using proper tools and
procedures as specified by the Rubber Manufacturers
Association (RMA).
Never repair a tire with less than 2/32nds of an inch tread remaining. At
this tread depth, the tire is worn out and must be replaced.
STORAGE
Your tires should be mounted on wheels of correct size and type and which are in
good, clean condition. Wheels that are bent, chipped, rusted (steel wheels) or
corroded (alloy wheels) may cause tire damage. The inside of the tire must be free
from foreign material. Have your 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 by 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.
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
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when mounted on special SH-M wheels. These tires bear the SH-M
designation immediately following the ZP designation on the sidewall of
the tire. DO NOT MOUNT ZP TIRES WITH THE SH-M DESIGNATION ON
STANDARD WHEELS. IN SUCH APPLICATIONS, THE TIRES MAY BECOME
UNSERVICEABLE AT LOW OR ZERO PRESSURE, CAUSING SERIOUS
PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
Old valves may leak. When new tubeless tires are mounted,
have new valves of the correct type installed. Tubeless tires
must only be mounted on wheels designed for tubeless
tires i.e., wheels which have safety humps or ledges.
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.
SPECIAL MOUNTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRX TIRES
The TRX tire is a tubeless tire that must only be mounted on special wheels
(TR or JM type) with millimetric seat diameter. If TRX tires are mounted on
standard wheels, they will not retain air due to an air escape feature
designed into the bead area of these tires.
Be sure that all your valves have suitable valve caps. The
valve cap is the primary seal against air loss.
SPECIAL MOUNTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELFSUPPORTING ZERO PRESSURE (ZP) TIRES
Do not try to override this feature by mounting TRX tires
with tubes. The Michelin ® TRX must be used on all wheel
positions.
ZP tires can be more difficult to mount than conventional tires. They
should be mounted and demounted only by a properly trained tire
professional. ZP tires can generate a tremendous amount of heat when run
at low or zero pressure. ALWAYS ALLOW A ZP TIRE TO COOL BEFORE
ATTEMPTING TO HANDLE IT. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN INJURY.
Michelin® ZP tires are tubeless tires designed to operate in emergency
conditions at low or zero air pressure.
TEMPORARY SPARE TIRES
When using any temporary spare tire, be sure to follow the vehicle manufacturer’s
instructions.
MICHELIN® SELF-SUPPORTING ZERO PRESSURE (ZP) TIRES AND
SPECIAL SH-M (SYMMETRIC HUMP-MODIFIED) WHEELS
Some Michelin® ZP tires can only perform with zero pressure capability
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READING THE DOT
SERVICE LIFE FOR PASSENGER CAR AND LIGHT
TRUCK TIRES INCLUDING SPARE TIRES
DOT XXXX XXXX XXX (prior to August 2000)
DOT XXXX XXXX XXXM (1990-1999)
DOT XXXX XXXX XXXX (after July 2000)
The following recommendation applies to passenger car and light truck
tires. Tires are composed of various types of material and rubber
compounds, having performance properties essential to the proper
functioning of the tire itself. These component properties evolve over time.
For each tire, this evolution depends upon many factors such as weather,
storage conditions, and conditions of use (load, speed, inflation pressure,
maintenance etc.) to which the tire is subjected throughout its life. This
service-related evolution varies widely so that accurately predicting the
serviceable life of any specific tire in advance is not possible.
THE DOT
The “DOT” symbol certifies tire manufacturer’s compliance with U.S.
Department of Transportation and Transport Canada tire safety standards.
Next to the symbol is the tire identification or “serial number”. The first
two characters identify the plant where the tire was manufactured. The
next two characters reflect the tire size. The following one to four digits
may be used at the tire manufacturer’s option as a descriptive code. The
last three characters are numbers identifying the week and year of
manufacture. (Example: “O25” means second week of the year of
decade, eg.: 1995, 1985, etc.) For the 1990-1999 decade Michelin brand
tires are marked with a triangle pointing to the last three numeric
characters. Tires produced after July 2000 have an additional digit to
identify a given decade. For example, 2800 means the tire was produced
during the 28th week of 2000; 0201 during the 2nd week of 2001. If the
last digits of your DOT number contain three numeric characters that are
not marked with a triangle, consult a qualified tire technician to determine
the year of manufacture.
That is why, in addition to regular inspections and inflation pressure
maintenance by consumers, it is recommended to have passenger car and
light truck tires, including spare tires, inspected regularly by a qualified tire
specialist, such as a tire dealer, who will assess the tire's suitability for
continued service. Tires which have been in use for 5 years or more should
continue to be inspected by a specialist at least annually.
Consumers are strongly encouraged to be aware not only of their tires'
visual condition and inflation pressure but also of any change in dynamic
performance such as increased air loss, noise or vibration, which could be
an indication that the tires need to be removed from service to prevent tire
failure.
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It is impossible to predict when tires should be replaced based on their
calendar age alone. However the older a tire the greater the chance that
it will need to be replaced due to the service-related evolution or other
conditions found upon inspection or detected during use.
While most tires will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is
recommended that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of
manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple
precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not
reached the legal wear limit.
For tires that were on an original equipment vehicle (i.e., acquired by the
consumer on a new vehicle), follow the vehicle manufacturer's tire
replacement recommendations, when specified (but not to exceed 10
years).
The date when a tire was manufactured is located on the sidewall of each
tire. Consumers should locate the Department of Transportation or DOT
code on the tire which begins with DOT and ends with the week and year
of manufacture. For example, a DOT code ending with "2204" indicates a
tire made in the 22nd week (May) of 2004.
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REMEMBER... TO AVOID DAMAGE TO YOUR TIRES
AND POSSIBLE ACCIDENT:
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If you see any damage to your tires or wheels, contact your
local participating Michelin ® retailer listed in the Yellow
Pages, or visit our web site listed below for dealer locations.
If further assistance is required, contact:
• CHECK TIRE PRESSURE AT LEAST ONCE EACH MONTH WHEN TIRES ARE
COLD AND BEFORE LONG TRIPS;
• DO NOT UNDERINFLATE/OVERINFLATE;
• DO NOT OVERLOAD;
• DRIVE AT MODERATE SPEEDS, OBSERVE LEGAL LIMITS;
• AVOID DRIVING OVER POTHOLES, OBSTACLES, CURBS OR EDGES OF
PAVEMENT;
• AVOID EXCESSIVE WHEEL SPINNING;
• IF YOU SEE ANY DAMAGE TO A TIRE, REPLACE WITH THE SPARE AND
VISIT ANY MICHELIN® RETAILER AT ONCE;
• IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. CONTACT YOUR MICHELIN® RETAILER.
IN USA
1-800-847-3435
or write:
Michelin North America, Inc.
Attention: Consumer Relations Department
Post Office Box 19001
Greenville, SC 29602-9001
or visit:
www.michelinman.com
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.
IN CANADA
1-888-871-4444
or write:
Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
2500 Daniel-Johnson Blvd., Suite 500
Laval, Quebec H7T 2P6
or visit:
www.michelinman.ca
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MOUNTING AND ROTATION SERVICE RECORD (For Mileage Limited Warranties Only)
Installed Mileage
DATE OF
ROTATION
ODOMETER
READING
RETAILER’S NAME AND ADDRESS
RETAILER
SIGNATURE
PSI
(check)
To validate the mileage portion of this warranty, your tires must be inspected and rotated every 12,000 km 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: ____________________________________
Make/Model: ________________________________________
Customer Information:
Vehicle odometer reading when tires installed:
Name: ______________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________
City: ________________________________________________
Province:_________________ Postal Code:________________
____________________________________________________
Tire Size/Design:______________________________________
Recommended Tire Pressure Front:__________________PSI
Recommended Tire Pressure Rear: __________________PSI
DOT No: ______________________________________Tire #1:
Phone No.: __________________________________________
______________________________________________Tire #2:
Vehicle Information:
______________________________________________Tire #3:
Year: ________________________________________________
______________________________________________Tire #4:
TIRE REMOVAL INFORMATION
Odometer reading
when tires removed:
Date
Removed:
Retailer
Name:
Retailer
Signature:
MICHELIN® NORTH AMERICA, INC., P.O. BOX 19001, GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA 29602-9001
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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