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Do I Need New Car Tyres?

When should I change my car tyres?

How long does a tyre last?

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What are the basics?

There is no way to tell exactly how long a tyre lasts. The lifespan and mileage of a tyre depends on a combination of factors: its design, the driver’s habits, the climate, the road conditions and the care that's put into the tyres.

A few milestones and tips:

1- Keep five years in mind

After five years or more in use, your tyres should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.

2- Ten years is a maximum

If the tyres haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tyres. Even if they appear to be in a usable condition and have not been worn down to the tread wear indicator. This applies to spare tyres as well.

3- Proper care expands a tyre’s lifespan

If you take good care of your tyres' air pressure, tread wear, alignment and so on, you can increase their longevity. Check our Scheduled care tips

For original equipment: follow the vehicle manufacturer’s tyre replacement recommendations.

How to check the manufacturing date

Look for the DOT number on your sidewall.

Learn how to check my tyre's production date with it's DOT code

What damages tyres?

Physical factors:

    Wear and damage

Road conditions:

    Potholes, obstacles, kerbs, sharp objects, speed bumps

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•    Extreme temperatures
    Rain, snow and ice
    Oil, grease and other chemicals
    Strong sunlight and ozone

Driving habits:

    Quick starts and emergency braking
    Driving on damaged roads
    Failure to notice a change in handling, noise or vibration
    Failure to consult a professional when something changes

Improper usage:

    Using summer tyres on snow and ice
    Mixing tyre types
    Using wheel and rim sizes that are not compatible
    Fitting tyres that do not have a speed capability and load index at least equal to or higher than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer
    Re-inflating a tyre that has been run flat or seriously under inflated
    Using a spare tyre of a different size at speeds in excess of 50 mph

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Do I need to change now?

We recommend to replace your tyre if:

    The tread is worn beyond the recommended tread depth levels
    The sidewall is damaged
    Any hole in the tread is greater than 6 mm in diameter
    The bead is damaged or deformed (the bead is the edge of the tyre that sits on the wheel)

1-  Inspect your tyre regularly and look for:

    Uneven tread wear
    Shallow tread
    Troublemakers (rocks, nails, etc.)
    Damaged areas
    Damaged valve caps

2- Pay attention to the “feel" of your tyres as you drive.

    A rough ride may indicate tyre damage or excessive wear.
    If you notice vibrations or other disturbances while driving, immediately reduce speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road and stop, and inspect your tyres.
    If a tyre is damaged, deflate it and replace it with your spare. If you do not see any tyre damage and cannot identify the source of the vibration, take the vehicle to a tyre dealer for a thorough inspection.

3- See a professional

    If you see something that you’re not sure about during your inspection, have it examined by your tyre dealer.
    To identify a specific problem

How do I inspect my tyres?

1- Check your air pressure

    It’s quick and can prevent many problems
    Do it once a month

See Air pressure: what should I know?

2- Check the tread wear with one of the two methods:

    With a tread depth gauge
    With the tread-wear indicators

See How to check if you have enough tread left.

3- Inspect your tyres for wear and damage problems

    Check your sidewall for any punctures or bumps and the tread to see if the tyres are wearing evenly
    Be sensitive to any changes in handling or steering

When should I inspect my tyres?

    Once every month
    Before you go on a long road trip.

Next steps :

    Any visible perforation, cut or deformation must be checked thoroughly by a tyre professional.
    Only a tyre professional can tell you if your tyre can be repaired or has to be changed.

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