Maintain Proper Inflaton Pressure In Your Tires
Proper inflation pressure is necessary for optimum tire performance, safety, and fuel economy. To maintain proper inflation pressure, frequently (at least monthly) check tires (when they are cool) with an accurate tire pressure gauge.1 For example, it is difficult to tell just by looking at radial tires whether they are under inflated. Furthermore, when operating a vehicle equipped with radial tires, it is difficult to notice when a tire has gone flat, or nearly flat, since the "feel" of the vehicle does not change significantly.
1Evidence of air loss or repeated under inflation always requires expert inspection to determine the source of leakage, and tire removal to determine repairability.
To avoid injury, never attempt to reinflate a tire that has been run on while severely underinflated. Progressive air loss may result from punctures, cuts, curbing, impacts, or partial bead unseating. Some fitment causes for air loss are incomplete bead seating, bead tearing caused by a machine tool due to insufficient lubrication or improper adjustment, and leaking valve core or rubber valve components. These components should be replaced when problems are detected and whenever tires are replaced.
Maintain Inflation Pressure At The Recommended Level
This level is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on the vehicle placard or in your vehicle's owner's manual.
Maintaining proper inflation pressure is the single most important thing you can do to promote tire durability and prolong tread life.
Underinflation is the leading cause of tire failure and may result in severe cracking, component separation, or "blowout." It reduces tire load capacity, allows excessive sidewall flexing, and increases rolling resistance, resulting in heat and mechanical damage. Over inflation increases stiffness, which may deteriorate ride, and generate unwanted vibration. Over inflation also increases the chances of impact damage.
Don't Spin Your Tires Excessively
Check Your Tires For Wear
Check Your Tires For Damage
Proper Tire Repair
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Alert
Don't Attempt To Mount Your Own Tires
Don't Mix Tires Of Different Sizes And Types On The Same Axle
Never Fit Tires With Less Load-carrying Capacity Than Required
Many vehicles, such as large passenger vans, require Load Range E tires. Fitment of a tire with less carrying capacity, such as a Load Range D, is not allowed. In other cases, tires of the same size may carry different load indexes in the service description. You must make certain the replacement tires fitted to the vehicle have a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than what the original equipment manufacturer specifies.
NOTE: Goodyear manufactured and/or marketed European-Metric passenger tires and P-Metric passenger tires are interchangeable as long as they are the same section width, same aspect ratio and same rim diameter.
CAUTION: Never substitute a "Standard Load" (SL) tire for an Extra Load (XL) tire. If the vehicle was originally equipped with "Extra Load" (XL) tires replace those tires with similar sized XL tires.
Follow These Additional Guidelines:
Don't Overload Your Vehicle
Maintain Vehicle Suspension & Wheel Alignment & Balance & Rotate Your Tires
Lack of rotation, worn suspension parts, underinflation, over inflation, wheel imbalance, and misalignment can cause vibration or irregular tire wear. Rotate your tires according to your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations or at maximum intervals of 6,000 mi./10,000 km.
For additional information, see the "Be Tire Smart/Play Your Part" brochure published by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a copy of this brochure can be downloaded from the RMA website: http://www.rma.org/product/be-tire-smart-tire-safety-brochure.
You must go to an authorized Goodyear outlet for replacement tires and all warranty service.
Convenience (Temporary) Spare
How To Read A Tire D.O.T. Serial Number
D.O.T. stands for Department of Transportation. This number is located on the lower sidewall of each tire, showing that the tire meets or exceeds the Department of Transportation safety standards.
Understanding Tire D.O.T. Serial Numbers
12-digit number: 2000's production
11-digit number: 1990's production
M6: Mfgr Plant Code
MJ: Government Size and Ply Code
EHOR: Manufacturer Construction Code
0911: Tire Build Date (9th week of 2011)
Tire Service Life
Tires are built to provide thousands of mi./km of excellent service. For maximum benefit, tires must be maintained properly to avoid tire damage that may result in removal from service before the tread is worn down to minimum depth. It is not practical to accurately predict the service life of any specific tire in chronological time since service conditions vary widely. The serviceability of a tire over time is a function of the storage and service conditions (inflation pressure, load, speed, road hazard injury, etc.) to which a tire is subjected. Consumers should not rely solely on the appearance of the tire but should be aware of any change in dynamic performance such as increased air loss, noise or vibration, which could be a sign to remove the tire. Therefore, it is essential to have tires, including spares, inspected regularly (at least monthly) for proper inflation pressure, damage and treadwear.
For service assistance or information, contact the nearest Goodyear store
- To locate the nearest Goodyear store, call 1-800-GOODYEAR.
- For additional assistance:
In the U.S.A., call the Goodyear Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-321-2136,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to:
Goodyear Customer Assistance Center
200 Innovation Way
Akron, OH 44316-0001
In Canada, call the Goodyear Customer Assistance Centre at 1-800-387-3288 or write to:
Goodyear Customer Assistance Centre
450 Kipling Avenue
Toronto, ON M8Z 5E1