|Can my driving
habits affect the life of my tires?
|They certainly can. Here are
some tips to increase the life of your tires:
|How long should
my original equipment tires last?
|Goodyear does not offer a
written mileage promise on any tires supplied as original equipment. Due to
the variety of styles, construction features, treat compounds, vehicle
applications, geographical conditions & driving habits, it is difficult to
provide a specific mileage expectancy.
However, any tire wear concern should always be presented to your local authorized Goodyear retailer for further evaluation.
Many of our authorized retailers offer specific mileage
warranties on several lines of tires sold as replacement tires, including
some tires that are used as original equipment. These mileage warranties are
administered based on the retail outlets verification of proper tire
maintenance having been performed.
|How much air
should I put in my tires?
|Proper inflation is the single
most important part of tire care. The inflation pressure on the side of the
tire is the MAXIMUM operating pressure. It is not necessarily the right
inflation for your vehicle. Always use the inflation recommended by the
vehicle manufacturer. You can find it in your owner's manual, posted on the
edge of the driver's door, on a door post or on the inside of the glovebox
door. Always check inflation when tires are COLD: when the vehicle has been
driven less than a mile or one hour or more after driving. Use a good
quality tire gauge. Note: It's natural for radial tires to have a slight
bulge in the sidewall at their proper inflation pressure. Check or adjust
inflation every few weeks, before any long trip or if traveling with a heavy
load. And don't forget to check the spare.
Should I rotate my tires?
|Regular & proper
tire rotation promotes more uniform wear for all of the tires on a vehicle.
All season tires should be rotated in a "modified X" pattern, meaning only
the tires being moved to the drive axle are crossed to the opposite side of
The remaining two tires are moved from the drive axle to the free rolling axle, remaining on the same side of the vehicle.
This method of rotation helps promote a more even & uniform treadwear pattern for all four tires.
The only exception to this would be the use of "directional" tread design tires such as our Aquatred II or some of our Eagle line high performance tires. These tires would remain on the same side of the vehicle & be rotated straight forward & straight back.
If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, we recommend crossing both pairs of tires to their new axle positions.
We recommend tire rotation at least every 6,000 miles. Four-wheel drive vehicles may require rotation even sooner such as every 4,000 miles.
Check your vehicle owner's manual for the manufacturer's rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. The first rotation is the most important. When tires are rotated, inflation pressures must be adjusted to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations. Uneven tire wear may also be due to misalignment or mechanical problems.