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Old 11-26-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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I just had a good experience with Michelin. My right front tire started to show some cracking on the side, but it did not look like dry rot cracking that i have seen before, and it was only on the one tire. i sent Michelin an email and they had a local commercial tire rep of theirs look at it. he told them it was not normal. it was only cracking around the lettering. the tires are 4 years old by date code, i bought the coach new in 2007. 17000 miles. since they go by tread depth for the proration, they are going to pay for 90% of the new MSRP price of $402. i pay the 10%, federal taxes, mounting & balancing. less than $100 out the door. the tire he is getting for me from his main shop is 4 months old. i thought at first before i even took it there i would be lucky to get 50% from them.
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I am a big fan of Michelin tires as it what I got on my truck and fiver. I
was told a coupe years ago that cracking around the lettering is nothing to worry about. Worry, when it starts cracking a round the rim. I am going to change the Michelin tires on our fiver next spring as they were made in 2006. I show almost no wear and this is the second fiver they been on. Last July we did a cross country and had no tire problems.
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I just had a good experience with Michelin. My right front tire started to show some cracking on the side, but it did not look like dry rot cracking that i have seen before, and it was only on the one tire. i sent Michelin an email and they had a local commercial tire rep of theirs look at it. he told them it was not normal. it was only cracking around the lettering. the tires are 4 years old by date code, i bought the coach new in 2007. 17000 miles. since they go by tread depth for the proration, they are going to pay for 90% of the new MSRP price of $402. i pay the 10%, federal taxes, mounting & balancing. less than $100 out the door. the tire he is getting for me from his main shop is 4 months old. i thought at first before i even took it there i would be lucky to get 50% from them.
majfrizz, this appears to be good news for me as the tires on my 2006 Journey are showing the same stress cracking around the lettering. I also have low mileage at around 16000 miles. Where did you find the E-mail address to address your concern?

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This summer I changed from Goodyear G614 "G" rated to Michelin "J" rated tires on the 5er. My truck already had Michelin shoes on it. I had two blowouts in one year on 4 year old tires with much wear left on them. The G614 tires would carry a max of 15,000 lbs. That is the weight of my 5er. The Michelins will carry 19,000 lbs.
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sammie,

i just went to their web site and there is a on line form you can send in. they got back to me in about 2 days.

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Old 11-27-2010, 10:11 AM   #6
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Just picked up a Michelin 235/80 22.5 XRV out the door $341.00 from Sam's Club Ocala, Fl. Going to carry as a spare bolted under the coach. They don't carry that size but will order one or more.
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since i had the MH parked for the winter i delayed getting the tire replaced. when i went over the service guy looked at the LF and saw the same issue. they called Michelin and they authorzied a prorated replacment. so left with 2 new front tires dated week 50 year 2010 for $40 each (10%). great service from Ziegler Tire and Michelin both.
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Well heck in reading some of these posts I wonder if I really need tires yet. I have looked at the Michelin chart posted for tire aging and that is not how my tires look. They just have like a single crack starting in the center of the tire in the letter area. Now my coach is a 04 and the date code is early 04 on the tires. I know it's getting close to time but if I get a few more miles out of them that would be great. The coach only has 29K and the tread depth is great. Should also mention that the cracks are only on the front tires. What do you guys think????
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since i had the MH parked for the winter i delayed getting the tire replaced. when i went over the service guy looked at the LF and saw the same issue. they called Michelin and they authorzied a prorated replacment. so left with 2 new front tires dated week 50 year 2010 for $40 each (10%). great service from Ziegler Tire and Michelin both.
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Well heck in reading some of these posts I wonder if I really need tires yet. Should also mention that the cracks are only on the front tires. What do you guys think????
How close to Ziegler tire are you located?

At least consider the excellent outcome already posted and look to get them replaced by your local Michelin dealer if they can accommodate you like the above mentioned tire company..

I'm not of the school that says replace by age no matter what shape they are in but once the rubber starts to show signs of cracking then I'd opt to error on the side of safety.
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Michelin says.
During the pre-trip inspection, be sure to check your tires for signs of aging, weather checking and/or ozone cracking — these show up as tiny cracks in the rubber surface on the sidewall of the tire.

If the cracks are less than 1/32" deep, the tire is fine to run.
Between 1/32" and 2/32", the tire is suspect and should be examined by your Michelin dealer.
If the cracks are any deeper than 2/32", the tire should be replaced immediately.

So a few cracks are nothing to worry about.
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Well heck in reading some of these posts I wonder if I really need tires yet. I have looked at the Michelin chart posted for tire aging and that is not how my tires look. They just have like a single crack starting in the center of the tire in the letter area. Now my coach is a 04 and the date code is early 04 on the tires. I know it's getting close to time but if I get a few more miles out of them that would be great. The coach only has 29K and the tread depth is great. Should also mention that the cracks are only on the front tires. What do you guys think????
What I think is that you should take your MH for a Michelin rep and have him evaluate the tires. According to their own specs, the tires should last up to 10 years IF there is little or no cracking or no other defects. Most people will change them out at seven years for their own peace of mind. Mine are a little older than yours, were evaluated yesterday and I'm leaving on a 5,000 trip on them with no qualms. I'll replace them at about 9 1/2 years old, sometime next year.
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What I think is that you should take your MH for a Michelin rep and have him evaluate the tires. According to their own specs, the tires should last up to 10 years IF there is little or no cracking or no other defects. Most people will change them out at seven years for their own peace of mind. Mine are a little older than yours, were evaluated yesterday and I'm leaving on a 5,000 trip on them with no qualms. I'll replace them at about 9 1/2 years old, sometime next year.
Golden, Did you notice if you had any cracking or checking of the sidewalls? I have some minor cracking around the lettering on the sidewalls.

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Golden, Did you notice if you had any cracking or checking of the sidewalls? I have some minor cracking around the lettering on the sidewalls.

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I have zero cracking anywhere. Between he brake recall and the tires, I'm batting 1000 as nothing has been wrong with either.
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