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Old 09-19-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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Defective Michelin Tires - Total Disappointment

I'm aware that tires have been discussed multiple times on this net. This is simply my current experience w/ Michelin. I've previously purchased Michelin's for all my vehicles and campers. However I've now purchased my last.

I pull my camper with a Ford F-350. In December of 2010 I purchased 4 new 275-65-R18 model LTX M/S2 tires for my truck. Based on the DOT stamp on the tires they were all manufactured the 46th week of 2010. These tires have less than 30,000 miles on them and approximately 1/2 of the tread remaining. The sidewalls on all of the tires are severely checked to the point that I'm afraid to pull my camper any distance at highway speeds. I don't expect 4 year old tires to look/be severely dry rotted.

I had the tires inspected by a local tire dealer who agrees with my risk assessment, but he recommended that I contact a Michelin dealer to discuss any applicable warranty. I did, and was told that there was no recall on these tires, and there is basically no warranty coverage on 4 year old tires.

Good day Michelin, you've gotten my last $.
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Old 09-19-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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If you have not already you might try talking directly to Michelin as they are usually pretty cooperative regarding warranty issues. But that said, at 4 years you are nearing the useful service life (in terms of age) of the tires so I wouldn't expect a huge allowance in any event. Michelin (and most other manufacturers) consider 5-7 years to be a maximum service life. Michelin itself quotes 5 years, and that may be extended a few years if the tires are demounted and inspected annually. That step is more trouble than it's worth of course so most consider the maximum service life at 5-7 years and be done with it.

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Old 09-19-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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No matter what brand of tires, they can all have issues. I agree in that for what tires cost, they should hold up better. Which mole tires are these that are weather checked? I have been running a different brand of tires and get several years out of them But having side that, I take a little extra care of the tires. For vehicles that I may not be driving all the time I make sure that most of the mud is off them, park on wood boards and watch the tires pressure.
As has already been said, 'contact a Michelin rep directly and let them tell you face to face what they are or are not going to do"!
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Jim, you are well within the warranty limits according to:
LTX M/S2 | Michelin Tires

The RV section of the Michelin site show crack tolerances, yours look well within the limits of "Not a problem"

Again, make sure the tire center is an "Authorized" dealer.

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Jim watch the tires closely. The cracks will get much worse pretty quickly once the initial cracking starts. Those cracks shown on the last picture on the right are more toward the center of the tire sidewall, and should be watched more closely because of the amount of flexing.
I'm with you, my motorhome will never again see a Michelin tire mounted on it, at least not as long as I am the owner of it. I now run Toyo's
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Michelin and cracks seems to be a normal story. my friend has his crack and wear very quickly. I bought them before we saw how bad his were but so far ours is ok. Probably will never buy a Michelin again if ours cracks.

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Michelin Tire Sidewall Crack Chart.

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Michelin Tire Sidewall Crack Chart.

I don't care what Michelin says I would never operate tires that looked like that.
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #9
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Defective Michelin Tires - Total Disappointment

They look okay according to the chart.
You have an 07 truck and replaced tires in 10. What brand were they? Did they crack too?
Do you cover your tires during extended stays? I would assume not as it is probably your daily ride. The sun and UV can make them age-out much quicker.
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That chart just confirms Michelin sucks.

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Old 09-20-2014, 01:41 PM   #11
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"All Michelin® tires have a Standard Manufacturer's Limited Warranty, which covers defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original usable tread, or for 6 years from date of purchase, whichever occurs first."

I'd check with Costco, Walmart, or any other large retailer. The dealer you went to doesn't know squat.
You do have the 70,000 mile warranty also, correct? Good luck.
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My 30 plus years of automotive and truck experience leads me to believe what you are seeing is ozone checking, dry rot was a term used when corded fibers would be exposed. I was told by a Goodyear tire engineer you could strip away the entire outside layer of the tire and it will not leak or affect the integrity of the tire. Some tires do "check" more than others and using chemicals to make them shine speeds the process.
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My 8 year old Goodyear G647 (rear duals) and my 5 year old G670 RV steer tires all look like new (except for normal tread wear) with absolutely no sidewall checking. Stored outside with no tire covers. Yes I am scheduled to replace the 8 year old tires. Guess I will stick with Goodyears and not switch to Michelins.
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My last set of michelins had unacceptable cracks in three years. And I do mean my last.

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