Technical Info and Definitions

  • Can I go to a lower speed-rated tire than what came on the vehicle?

    It is recommended that the replacement tire size speed rating be equal to or higher than that of the O.E. tire-size speed rating. If a lower speed-rated tire is selected, then the vehicle top speed becomes limited to that of the lower speed rating selected. The customer must be informed of the new speed restriction. It is quite common and permissible during winter driving to use a winter tire with a lesser speed rating than the O.E. tire. Again the customer must be informed, as mentioned above

  • How do I determine if my current rim is approved for your tires?

    The rim width range is extremely important. This range represents proper rim widths that will assist the tire/wheel assembly in meeting its performance potential. To achieve the best balance between ride, handling and tread wear, select a rim width in the middle of the manufacturer’s range.

    To improve cornering traction and steering response, choose a rim at or near the maximum recommended width. The wider the rim width, the straighter the sidewall and the quicker the steering response. Conversely, using a rim width at the low end of the range will cause the tire to balloon or curve out, slowing steering response.

    Refer to our website for tire specifications.

  • How do I read the sidewall of my tire?

    The side of a tire contains information needed for your safety and that of your customer. Being able to read sidewall markings will help you to better understand the performance of each tire. It will also provide you with information when mounting and servicing the tire.

  • How much load/weight can my tire carry?

    Never exceed the load-carrying limits moulded on the sidewall of the tires or the maximum vehicle axle load limit as shown on the vehicle tire placard, whichever is less. Overloading builds up excessive heat in the tire and could lead to failure.

  • What are zero pressure tires?

    Zero pressure tires are designed to operate for a limited time with little or no air pressure without causing damage to the tire casing. In order to realise the zero pressure benefits, the tires must be mounted on proper wheels and the wheels must be equipped with an operational, Michelin-approved low tire air pressure warning system.

  • What guidelines should I follow when mixing tires on 4WD vehicles?

    If no instructions for tire mixing appear in the vehicle owner’s manual, adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Do not mix sizes. All four tires must be branded with the same tire size.
    • Do not mix radial and non-radial tires. All four tires must be either radial or non-radial.
    • Ensure that the outside circumference of all four tires is within 2.5 cm (one (1) inch) of each other.
    • Do not mix tread pattern types.
  • What is a Directional tread design?

    Tires with directional tread patterns must be mounted so that the primary direction of rotation matches the directional arrows on the tire sidewall. If all four tires are the same size, directional tires can be rotated front to back.

    Tires with tread patterns that are both asymmetric and directional require left and right specific tires. Sidewall markings will identify the side of the vehicle and the primary direction of rotation for the tire. If all four tires are the same size, they can be rotated front to back.

  • Which Michelin tires are right for my car?

    You can easily find the right Michelin tires for your car model and usage by visiting Michelin’s tire selector you can also find the nearest dealer to obtain your new Michelin’s tires.

  • Where can I get all tire-care information to gain more years on my tires and tire care in general?

    It’s always good to have your tires checked up regularly, so please visit our online training center to take full advantage of your Michelin tires.

  • How do I acquire Michelin's tire prices?

    Michelin establishes a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) for its tires. This price, however, is only a guide as Michelin cannot dictate the price at which authorized MICHELIN dealers sell our tires to consumers. To obtain a quote on tires and tire-related services, please contact Michelin Hotline 1300 72 78 78 . Alternatively, locate your dealer here.

  • What’s the appropriate tire pressure for my car?

    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 glove box door. Also, don't forget to check the spare. Your Michelin dealer/retailer can answer any questions you may have about tire inflation.