What are the basics?
There is no way to tell exactly how long a tire lasts. The lifespan and mileage of a tire depends of a combination of factors: its design, the driver’s habits, the climate, the road conditions and the care that's put into the tires.
A few milestones and tips:
1. Keep five years in mind
After five years or more in use, your tires should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.
2. Ten years is a maximum
If the tires haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tires. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator. This applies to spare tires as well.
3. Proper care expands a tire’s lifespan
You can increase your tire's longevity by maintaining the correct air pressure, performing regular tire rotations and vehicle maintenance.
For original equipment: follow the vehicle manufacturer’s tire replacement recommendations.
How to check the manufacturing date
Look for the DOT number on your sidewall.
What damages tires?
- Wear and Damage
- Potholes, obstacles, curbs, sharp objects, speed bumps
- Extreme temperatures
- Rain, snow and ice
- Oil, grease and other chemicals
- Strong sunlight and ozone
- 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
Neglecting basic tire maintenance:
- Air pressure
- Not routinely checking for wear or damage
- Alignment and rotation
- Neglecting to get a professional tire inspection in the event a tire has been impacted or sustained damage
- Not balancing tires after they are installed
- Improper tire storage
- Use of sealants that have not been approved
- Using summer tires on snow and ice
- Mixing tire types
- Using tires on damaged wheels
- Using wheel and rim sizes that are not compatible
- Fitting tires that do not have a speed capability and load index at least equal to or higher than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer
- Reinflating a tire that has been run flat or seriously underinflated
- Using a spare tire of a different size at speeds in excess of 50 mph
How To Choose Tires
Do you know how to choose tires? Choosing tires is a blend of science and art - use this tire buying guide to find out how to choose the perfect tire for your vehicle.
Preparing for Your Visit to the Tire Dealer
Easily prepare for your visit to the dealer with Michelin's guide. Be sure to ask your tire dealer these 5 questions to ensure you get everything you need.
Mixing Tire Brands
Are you considering mixing tire brands? Here are some rules of thumb to follow when buying two tires instead of four to ensure your vehicle operates effectively.
Find Your Tire Size
Curious on how to find out your tire size? Michelin teaches you where to find your tire size on your vehicle for easy buying. Learn more with Michelin.
Compare Tires Side By Side
Compare tires side by side to find the best fit for your vehicle. Use Michelin's tire buying guide to see the difference in performance, safety, and more.
Differences in Types of Seasonal Tires
Do you know the difference between all-season tires, winter tires, and summer tires? This guide from Michelin breaks down seasonal tires and terrain-specific tires.