There is no way to determine exactly how long a tyre lasts. The life and mileage of a tyre depend on a combination of factors: its design, driver’s habits, weather, road conditions and the care given to the tyre.
Some milestones and tips
1- Five years: review
After five years of use, you should bring your tyres to be inspected by a professional at least once a year. Car tyres in Bahrain go through high standard quality tests.
2- Ten years: maximum
If the tyres have not been changed after 10 years from the date of manufacture, Michelin recommends replacing them with new ones as a precaution even if they appear to be in good condition and have not worn down until the tread wear indicator. The same goes for spare tyres.
3- Proper care prolongs the life of the tyre
If you monitor air pressure, tread wear, alignment and other factors of your tyres, you will prolong its life.
For the original equipment: follow the tyre replacement recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer.
What damages the tyres?
• Wear and damage
• Potholes, obstacles, curbs, sharp objects, badges
• Extreme temperatures
• Rain, snow and ice
• Oil, grease and other chemicals
• Intense sunlight and ozone
• Sudden starts and emergency braking
• Driving on bad roads
• Inadvertent changes in maneuverability, noise or vibrations
• Lack of consultation with a professional when a change occurs
• Use of summer tyres on snow and ice
• Mix of tyres of different types
• Use of incompatible wheel and tyre sizes
• Installation of tyres that do not have a speed capacity and a load index at least equal to or greater than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer
• Reinflation of a tyre that has rolled flat or very flat
• Use of a spare tyre of a different size at speeds of more than 80 km / h
Do I need to change tyres now?
1- Inspect your tyres regularly for
• Uneven tread wear
• Shallow tread
• Causes of problems (stones, nails, etc.)
• Damaged areas
• Damaged valve plugs
2- Pay attention to the feeling that the tyres give you while driving.
• Uneven driving may indicate that the tyres are damaged or excessively worn.
• If you notice disturbance while driving, reduce speed immediately, drive carefully until you can get off the road safely and stop to inspect your tyres.
• If there is a damaged tyre, deflate it and replace it with the spare tyre.
3- Consult a professional
• If during the inspection you see something you are not sure of, ask your tyre dealer to examine it.
• To identify a specific problem
How do I inspect my tyres?
1- Check the air pressure
• It is done right away and can prevent many problems
• Do it once a month
2- Check the tread wear by one of these two methods:
• With a depth gauge
• With wear indicators marked on the tread
3- Inspect the tyres for damage or wear problems
• Check the sides of the tyre for punctures or bumps, and the tread to see if the tyres are wearing evenly