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TIRE MAINTENANCE,
SAFETY and
WARRANTY
MANUAL
ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT
PASSENGER
and LIGHT TRUCK TIRES
Including Tires with
Run-Flat Technology
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Congratulations! Your new vehicle
comes equipped with quality
BRIDGESTONE or FIRESTONE
brand tires.
To ensure optimum tire performance and reduce the
risk of a tire failure, Bridgestone Firestone North
American Tire, LLC strongly recommends you read
and follow all maintenance and safety information
contained in this manual. In addition, we recommend
periodic inspection and maintenance, if necessary, by
a qualified tire service professional.
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CONTENTS
Tire Care Basics: Inflate. Rotate. Evaluate. . . . . 2
Tire Maintenance and Safety Information . . . . . . . 7
Tire Failure While Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Tire Inflation Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Tips For Safe Tire Inflation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Tips For Safe Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Tire Damage, Inspection and Service Life . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Tire Manufacture Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tire Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tire Mounting and Other Servicing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
High Performance, Low Aspect Ratio Tires . . . . . . . . . . 15
Winter Tires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Tire Mixing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
High Speed Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Tire Speed Ratings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Tire Spinning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Radial Tire Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Your Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Tire Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Tire Service Customer Satisfaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Tire Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
RFT Tires with Run-Flat Technology . . . . . . . . . . 22
RFT Inflation Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Run-Flat or Low Tire Pressure Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Distance–How Far You Can Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Special Service and Repair Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Reference Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Tire Sidewall Labeling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Uniform Tire Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Eligibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
What Is Warranted and For How Long . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
What This Limited Warranty Does Not Cover. . . . . . . . . 29
Replacement Price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Replacement Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Where To Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Consumer Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Conditions and Exclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Owner’s Obligations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Arbitration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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Inflate.
Check your tire pressure monthly.
Rotate.
Rotate your tires as recommended by the
vehicle manufacturer or every 5,000 miles.
Evaluate.
Routinely look for signs
of tread wear or damage.
TIRE CARE BASICS
Quick Reference Guide to
Maintenance for All Tires,
Including the Spare.
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30 psi 20 psi
TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE
Tires can lose 1 psi (pound per square inch) per
month under normal conditions. Additionally, tires
can lose 1 psi for every 10° F temperature drop.
Just a look won’t do it. One of these tires is actually
10 psi under-inflated. Your eyes can deceive you, so
rely on a good tire gauge for an accurate reading.
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Look for the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure listed on the sticker usually located on the
driver’s-side door edge or door jamb area. Example:
This chart shows you how underinflation can create
an overload on tires. Check your tire pressure every
month to make sure it’s up to specification, especially
before long trips or carrying extra weight.
Lower pressure increases heat. Infrared photography
of tires tested at high speed. Damaging heat increases
as inflation pressure drops.
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AIR PRESSURE—MONTHLY CHECK
For accuracy, check your inflation pressure with a
tire gauge when tires are cold.
Driving heats up tires and makes the reading incorrect.
a) Remove tire valve cap.
b) Place the end of the
tire gauge over valve.
c) Press the tire gauge
straight and firmly
until the scale extends.
d) If needed, increase
pressure and recheck
with the tire gauge.
e) Replace valve cap.
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Exposed
tread bars
(replace)
Irregular
shoulder wear
(have inspected)
Shoulder wear
(have inspected)
Center wear
(have inspected)
TIRE ROTATION
For maximum mileage, rotate your tires according
to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations
(consult your vehicle owner’s manual), or if not
provided, rotate every 5,000 miles using a rotation
pattern such as below (see “Radial Tire Rotation”
in this manual).
TIRE WEAR—VISUAL CHECK
Check for obvious signs of wear.
Place a penny in the tire tread
grooves as shown. If you can
see the top of Lincoln’s head, the
tire is worn out and needs to be
replaced.
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TIRE MAINTENANCE and
SAFETY INFORMATION
Any tire, no matter how well constructed, may fail in use as a
result of punctures, impact damage, improper inflation, overloading, or other conditions resulting from use or misuse. Tire
failure may create a risk of property damage, serious personal
injury or death.
SAFETY WARNING
Serious personal injury or death may result from a tire failure.
Many tire failures are preceded by vibration, bumps, bulges or
irregular wear. If a vibration occurs while driving your vehicle or
you notice a bump, bulge or irregular wear, have your tires and
vehicle evaluated by a qualified tire service professional.
To reduce the risk of tire failure, Bridgestone Firestone
North American Tire, LLC strongly recommends you read
and follow all safety information contained in this manual.
In addition, we recommend periodic inspection and maintenance, if necessary, by a qualified tire service professional.
TIRE FAILURE WHILE DRIVING
SAFETY WARNING
It is not often that a properly maintained tire will “blow out” while
you are driving. More commonly, if inflation pressure is lost, it
will be gradual. If you do experience a blowout or sudden tire
failure, the following information should be helpful:
• When the failure occurs, you may hear a loud noise, feel a
vibration, and/or the vehicle may pull toward the side of the
failed tire.
• DO NOT abruptly brake or turn.
• Slowly remove your foot from the accelerator, hold the
steering wheel firmly, and steer to maintain your lane position.
• Once the vehicle has slowed, apply the brakes gently.
• Gradually pull over to the shoulder and come to a stop, as
far off the road as possible.
TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE
Tires need proper inflation pressure to operate effectively and
perform as intended. Tires carry the vehicle, passenger, and
cargo loads and transmit the braking, acceleration, and turning
forces. The vehicle manufacturer recommends the inflation
pressures for the tires mounted on your vehicle.
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SAFETY WARNING
Driving on tires with improper inflation pressure is dangerous.
• Under-inflation causes excessive tire heat build-up and
internal structural damage.
• Over-inflation makes it more likely for tires to be cut,
punctured, or broken by sudden impact.
These situations can cause a tire failure, even at a later date, which
could lead to serious personal injury or death. Consult the vehicle tire
information placard and/or owner’s manual for the recommended
inflation pressures.
In addition to tire damage, improper inflation pressure may also:
• Adversely affect vehicle ride and handling.
• Reduce tire tread wear.
• Affect fuel economy.
Therefore, follow these important recommendations for tire and
vehicle safety, mileage, and economy:
• Always keep the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended
inflation pressure in all your tires, including the spare.
• Check their pressure monthly and before long trips or
carrying extra weight.
Your vehicle’s tire information placard and/or owner’s manual
will tell you the recommended cold inflation pressure for all your
tires, including the spare. Examples of placards are shown in
Figures 1 and 2. Your placard may look differently and have different tire and loading information than that shown in either of
the figures. You must check the driver’s-side door edge or
door jamb area for the actual placard that applies to your
vehicle. For questions about locating or understanding the tire
information placard, consult your vehicle owner’s manual or ask
a qualified tire service professional.
Figure 1: EXAMPLE—Tire and Loading Information Placard
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Figure 2: EXAMPLE—Tire Information Placard
Maximum Pressure Indicated on the Tire Sidewall: This is
the maximum permissible inflation pressure for the tire only.
The vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressures may
be lower than, or the same as, the maximum pressure indicated
on the tire sidewall. The vehicle manufacturer’s specification of
tire pressure is limited to your particular vehicle and takes into
account your vehicle’s load, ride, and handling characteristics,
among other criteria. Since there may be several possible vehicle applications for a given tire size, a vehicle manufacturer may
choose a different inflation pressure specification for that same
size tire on a different vehicle. Therefore, always refer to the
inflation pressure specifications on the vehicle tire information
placard and/or in your vehicle owner’s manual.
Different Tire Pressures for the Front and Rear Tires: For
some vehicles, the recommended front and rear inflation pressures may be different (such as in the example shown in Figure
2). Make sure you take this into account during inflation
pressure checks and when rotating tires.
Pressure Loss: Tires can lose 1 psi (7 kPa) per month under
normal conditions and can lose 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 10˚F
(5.6˚C) temperature drop. A puncture, leaking valve, or other
damage could also cause inflation pressure loss. If a tire loses
more than 2 psi (14 kPa) per month, have it checked by a
qualified tire service professional.
TIPS FOR SAFE TIRE INFLATION
SAFETY WARNING
Inflating an unsecured tire is dangerous. If it bursts, it could be
hurled into the air with explosive force resulting in serious personal injury or death. Never inflate a tire unless it is secured to
the vehicle or a tire mounting machine.
• Check your tire pressures, including your spare tire,
monthly and before long trips or carrying extra weight. Be
sure to use an accurate pressure gauge.
• Check inflation pressure when the tires are “cold.” Tires are
considered “cold” when the vehicle has been parked for three
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hours or more, or if the vehicle has been driven less than a mile
at moderate speed.
• Never release pressure from a hot tire in order to reach the
recommended cold tire pressure. Normal driving causes
tires to run hotter and inflation pressure to increase. If you
reduce inflation pressure when your tires are hot, you may
dangerously underinflate your tires.
• If it is necessary to adjust inflation pressure when your tires
are “hot,” set their pressure to 4 psi (28 kPa) above the
recommended cold inflation pressure. Recheck the inflation
pressure when the tires are cold.
• If your tires lose more than 2 psi (14 kPa) per month, the tire,
the valve, or wheel may be damaged. Consult a qualified tire
service professional for an inspection.
• Use valve caps to keep the valves clear of debris and to
help guard against inflation pressure loss.
TIPS FOR SAFE LOADING
SAFETY WARNING
Driving your vehicle in an overloaded condition is dangerous.
Overloading causes excessive tire heat build-up and internal
structural damage. This can cause a tire failure, even at a later
date, which could lead to serious personal injury or death.
Consult the vehicle tire information placard, certification label,
and owner’s manual for the recommended vehicle load limits and
loading recommendations.
• Always keep the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended
inflation pressure in all your tires, including the spare.
Check their pressure monthly and before long trips or
carrying extra weight.
• Never exceed the maximum load rating stamped on the
sidewall of your tire.
• Never exceed the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or
front/rear gross axle weight ratings (GAWR) of your vehicle.
• Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for load
recommendations and special instructions (such as for
trailer/towing and snow plow installations).
TIRE DAMAGE, INSPECTION AND
SERVICE LIFE
Evaluation and maintenance of your tires is important to their
performance and the service they provide to you. Over time
and/or through use, the condition of a tire can change from
exposure to everyday road conditions, the environment,
damaging events such as punctures, and other external factors.
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SAFETY WARNING
Driving on damaged tires is dangerous. A damaged tire can suddenly fail causing serious personal injury or death. Have your
tires regularly inspected by a qualified tire service professional.
You should visually inspect your tires on a regular basis
throughout their life, and you should have your tires periodically
evaluated by a qualified tire service professional when your
vehicle is serviced such as routine maintenance intervals, oil
changes, and tire rotations. In particular, note the following tips
for spotting tire damage:
• After striking anything unusual in the roadway, have a
qualified tire service professional demount the tire and inspect
it for damage. A tire may not have visible signs of damage on
the tire surface. Yet, the tire may suddenly fail without
warning, a day, a week, or even months later.
• Inspect your tires for cuts, cracks, splits or bruises in the
tread and sidewall areas. Bumps or bulges may indicate a
separation within the tire body. Have your tire inspected
by a qualified tire service professional. It may be necessary to
have it removed from the wheel for a complete inspection.
• Inspect your tires for adequate tread depth. When the tire is
worn to the built-in indicators at 2/32 inch (1.6 mm) or less
tread groove depth, or the tire cord or fabric is exposed, the
tire is dangerously worn and must be replaced immediately.
• Inspect your tires for uneven wear. Wear on one side of the
tread or flat spots in the tread may indicate a problem with the
tire or vehicle. Consult a qualified tire service professional.
• Inspect your wheels also. If you have a bent or cracked
wheel, it must be replaced.
• Don’t forget to check the spare tire.
Make sure your tires, including the spare tire, continue to be regularly inspected after 5 years of service to determine if they can
continue in service. Even when your tires appear to be usable
from their external appearance or the tread depth may have not
reached the minimum wear out depth, it is recommended that all
tires (including spare tires and “temporary use” spares) more
than 10 years old be replaced with new tires.
The 10 year period after the date of production is not an indicator of actual service life for any individual tire. Some tires will
need to be replaced before 10 years due to conditions such as
punctures, impact damage, improper inflation, overloading, tread
wear or other conditions involving use or misuse of the tire. If a
tire is worn out or otherwise unserviceable from damage or conditions of use, it should be replaced regardless of when it was
produced or placed in service.
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The vehicle manufacturer may consider vehicle performance
characteristics when making tire replacement recommendations. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for any information
regarding tire service life and replacement and follow the recommendations applicable to your vehicle.
TIRE MANUFACTURE DATE
The tire manufacture date is determined by examining the DOT
tire identification number, also known as the DOT serial number
or code, which can be found on at least one sidewall near the
wheel. It may be necessary to look on both sides of the tire to
find the entire serial code. For more information on DOT serial
codes, see “Tire Sidewall Labeling” in this manual.
Tires Produced Since 2000: The last four (4) digits of the serial code identify the week and year of production. In the example below, the tire was produced in the 18th week of 2000.
Another example, a tire with a serial code ending in “2406”
would have been produced in the 24th week of 2006.
Tires Produced Prior to 2000: The last three (3) digits of the
serial code identify the week and year of production. For
example, a tire with a code ending in “329” would likely have
been produced in the 32nd week of 1999, but possibly produced
in 1989. If in doubt, consult a qualified tire service professional.
TIRE REPAIRS
SAFETY WARNING
Driving on an improperly repaired tire is dangerous. An improper
repair can be unreliable or permit further damage to the tire. The
tire may suddenly fail, causing serious personal injury or death.
A complete inspection and repair of your tire in accordance with
Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) procedures should be
conducted by a qualified tire service professional.
While the comprehensive procedures and recommendations for
tire repair are beyond the scope of this manual, a proper tire
repair includes the following:
18th WEEK YEAR 2000
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The tire is demounted from the wheel for a complete
inspection, inside and out. Some damage to the tire
may only be evident on the interior of the tire.
The puncture injury is 1/4 inch (6 mm) or less and must
be within the tread area as shown in the graphic. This
helps ensure long-term tire and repair durability.
A patch is applied to the
interior of the tire and the
puncture hole is filled with a
suitable plug/stem filler. This
helps ensure that the interior of
the tire is adequately sealed to
prevent inflation pressure loss
and prevents contamination
of the steel belts and other plies
from the elements (such as
water) in the outside world.
Additional notes about tire repairs:
• Not all punctured or damaged tires can be properly
repaired; consequently, they must be replaced. NEVER
repair a tire with any of the following conditions:
– Wear to the tire’s built-in treadwear indicators or to 2/32
inch (1.6 mm) remaining tread depth in any area of the tread.
– With a puncture larger than 1/4 inch (6 mm).
– With a puncture or other damage outside the repairable
tread area (as shown in the graphic).
– With a pre-existing, improper repair.
• Any tire repair done without removing the tire from the
wheel is improper. The tire must be demounted from the
wheel and the interior inspected for damage that may not be
evident on the exterior of the tire.
• Using only a plug/stem, or using only a patch, is not a safe or
proper repair. A patch must be applied to the interior of the
tire and the puncture hole must be filled with a suitable
plug/stem filler to prevent inflation pressure loss and
contamination of the steel belts and other plies.
• NEVER substitute a tube for a proper repair or to remedy an
improper repair.
• Tubes, like tires, should only be repaired by a qualified tire
service professional.
• Some vehicle manufacturers do not recommend using
repaired tires. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or
contact the vehicle manufacturer before operating a repaired
tire on your vehicle.
PATCH + PLUG/STEM PATCH ONLY PLUG/STEM ONLY
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ASK how your tire will be repaired.
ALWAYS insist on a proper tire repair.
Emergency/Temporary Sealant or Filler Repairs: An emergency/temporary sealant or filler injected into the tire, such as
by aerosol can or injection/squeeze-tube, is not a proper repair
and voids the tire Limited Warranty. A tire injected with such
sealant/filler must be replaced by a qualified tire service
professional as soon as possible.
SAFETY WARNING
Tell the tire service professional if you have used an aerosol fixer
to inflate/seal the tire. Aerosol fixers could contain a highly
volatile gas. Always remove the valve core outdoors, away from
sources of excessive heat, flame, or sparks and completely
deflate the tire before removing it from the wheel.
Speed Rating: The tire’s speed rating is void if the tire is
repaired, retreaded, damaged, abused, or otherwise altered from
its original condition. Thereafter, it should be treated as a nonspeed rated tire. See “Tire Speed Ratings” in this manual.
Improper repair voids the tire Limited Warranty. See “Limited
Warranty” in this manual.
RFT (Run-Flat Technology) Tires: In addition to the above,
there are recommendations specific to the repair of RFT tires;
see “RFT Tires with Run-Flat Technology” in this manual.
TIRE MOUNTING AND OTHER SERVICING
SAFETY WARNING
Removing and replacing tires on wheels can be dangerous.
Attempting to mount tires with improper tools or procedures
may result in a tire explosion causing serious personal injury or
death. This is only a job for a qualified tire service professional.
Never perform tire service procedures without proper training,
tools, and equipment.
This manual is not intended to provide proper training
or service procedures for tire mounting, demounting,
balancing, rotation, or repair. Please leave these tasks to
qualified tire service professionals. For your safety and
that of others:
• Always stand well clear of any tire mounting operation.
This is especially important when the service operator
inflates the tire. If the tire has been improperly mounted, it
may burst with explosive force causing serious personal
injury or death.
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• Tires must match the width and diameter requirements of the
wheels. For example, 16 inch diameter tires must only be
mounted to 16 inch diameter wheels. Radial tires must only
be mounted to wheels approved for radial tires.
• Wheels must be free of cracks, dents, chips, and rust. Tires
must be free of bead damage, cuts, and punctures.
• Never inflate a tire beyond 40 psi (275 kPa) to seat the beads.
Be absolutely certain beads are fully seated before adjusting
inflation pressure to the level recommended for vehicle
operation.
• Never put flammable substances in tire/wheel assemblies
at any time. Never put any flammable substance into a
tire/wheel assembly and attempt to ignite to seat the beads.
• Always stand well away from the work area when tires are
being spin balanced either on or off the vehicle.
HIGH PERFORMANCE, LOW ASPECT
RATIO TIRES
Many new vehicles come equipped from the factory with high
performance and/or low aspect ratio tires. Generally, these tires
provide increased vehicle handling capability, but may also have
numerous engineering performance trade-offs associated with
their designs.
• Low aspect ratio tires, with reduced sidewall height, may
be more susceptible to damage from potholes, road hazards,
and other objects such as curbs. This is true for the wheels as
well. Therefore, as with all other tires, it is important to drive
with care and maintain proper inflation pressure and load
conditions. See “Tire Inflation Pressure” and “Tire Damage,
Inspection and Service Life” in this manual.
• Some sports cars and other handling performance enhanced
vehicles, including sedans and light trucks/SUVs, may be
originally equipped with high performance tires that are more
optimized for warmer weather use. Colder, winter weather
traction may be reduced for these types of tires. Winter tires
may be recommended by the vehicle manufacturer for colder
weather application. See “Winter Tires,” the next section in
this manual.
• High performance tires may also wear more quickly, ride
more firmly, and produce more noise during operation.
Consult your vehicle owner’s manual and tire information
placard, or a qualified tire service professional, for more
information and specifics regarding these types of tires.
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WINTER TIRES
SAFETY WARNING
Winter driving presents special challenges for vehicle mobility.
The use of winter tires (including studs and chains)—while
improving traction performance in snow and ice—requires special care with regard to acceleration, braking, cornering, and
speed. It is important to drive with care, not only on snow and
ice, but on dry and wet roads as well.
In winter driving conditions, vehicle control and safe operation
under braking and cornering is especially dependent upon the
rear tires. For this reason, winter tires are best applied to all
wheel positions. Some vehicles have specific recommendations
regarding winter tire use; consult your vehicle owner’s manual
and tire information placard.
• If winter tires are to be applied to the front axle of any
vehicle, they must also be applied to the rear axle for safe
operation. This applies to all passenger cars and light trucks,
including front wheel drive, 4x4, and all-wheel-drive vehicles.
• If winter tires are to be applied to the rear axle of any vehicle,
it is recommended that they also be installed on the front axle.
• It is generally acceptable to apply a tire with a lower speed
rating than your original tires for use in winter weather
conditions; however, speed should be reduced accordingly.
All winter tires should be the same speed rating. See “Tire
Speed Ratings” in this manual.
• Winter tires used in warmer, summer weather conditions may
wear more rapidly.
• Studded winter tires follow the same recommendations as
above; consult a qualified tire service professional for
information regarding any seasonal restrictions.
TIRE MIXING
SAFETY WARNING
Driving your vehicle with an improper mix of tires is dangerous.
Your vehicle’s handling characteristics can be seriously affected.
You could have an accident resulting in serious personal injury
or death. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual and a qualified
tire service professional for proper tire replacement.
HIGH SPEED DRIVING
SAFETY WARNING
Driving at high speed is dangerous and can cause a vehicle accident, including serious personal injury or death.
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• Regardless of the speed and handling capabilities of your
car and its tires, a loss of vehicle control can result from
exceeding the maximum speed allowed by law or warranted
by traffic, weather, vehicle, or road conditions.
• High-speed driving should be left to trained professionals
operating under controlled conditions.
• No tire, regardless of its design or speed rating, has
unlimited capacity for speed, and a sudden tire failure can
occur if its limits are exceeded. See “Tire Speed Ratings,”
the next section in this manual.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for any tire pressure
recommendations for high speed driving.
TIRE SPEED RATINGS
A tire bearing a letter “speed rating” designation indicates the tire’s
speed capability according to standardized laboratory tests. This
speed rating system is intended to permit comparison of the speed
capabilities of different tires. When replacing your tires, consult
your vehicle owner’s manual and tire information placard for recommendations, if any, concerning the use of speed rated tires.
• To avoid reducing the speed capability of the vehicle, replace
a speed rated tire only with another tire having at least the same
speed rating. It is the “top speed” of the “slowest” tire on the
vehicle which limits the vehicle’s top speed without tire failure.
• The tire’s speed rating is void if the tire is repaired, retreaded,
damaged, abused, or otherwise altered from its original
condition. Thereafter, it should be treated as a non-speed
rated tire.
• Non-speed rated tires are usually for ordinary passenger
car or light truck service and not for high speed driving.
• For winter tires used in cold weather conditions, it is generally
acceptable to apply a tire with a lower speed rating than your
original tires; however, speed should be reduced accordingly.
All winter tires should be the same speed rating. Some
vehicles have specific recommendations regarding winter tire
use; consult your vehicle owner’s manual and tire information
placard. See “Winter Tires” in this manual.
These speed ratings are based on standardized laboratory tests
under specific, controlled conditions. While these tests may relate
to performance on the road, real-world driving is rarely identical to
any test conditions. Your tire’s actual speed capability may be
less than its rated speed since it is affected by factors such as
inflation pressure, load, tire condition (including damage), wear,
vehicle condition (including alignment), driving conditions, and
duration at which the speed is sustained. Use the following chart
to compare the speed ratings of tires.
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Speed Speed Category*
Symbol mph km/h
M 81 130
Q 99 160
R 106 170
S 112 180
T 118 190
U 124 200
H 130 210
V 149 240
Z** >149 >240
W 168 270
Y 186 300
(Y)*** >186 >300
The tire’s speed rating designation appears on the tire sidewall
with the tire size. Examples:
P275/40ZR17 max > 149 mph (240 km/h)****
P275/40R17 93W max = 168 mph (270 km/h)
P275/40ZR17 93W max = 168 mph (270 km/h)
P275/40ZR17 93Y max = 186 mph (300 km/h)
P275/40ZR17 93(Y) max > 186 mph (300 km/h) ****
* In standardized laboratory tests that relate to highway speeds. Actual tire speed and performance capability depend on factors such as inflation pressure, load, tire condition, wear, and
driving conditions.
** Any tire having a maximum speed capability above 149 mph (240 km/h) may, at the tire
manufacturer’s discretion, include a “Z” in the size designation (i.e. P275/40ZR17).
*** For tires having a maximum speed capability above 186 mph (300 km/h), a “Z” must appear
in the size designation and a “Y” marked in brackets (as shown) in the service description.
**** Consult the tire manufacturer for maximum speed capability.
TIRE SPINNING
SAFETY WARNING
Spinning a tire to remove a vehicle stuck in mud, ice, snow, or
wet grass can be dangerous. A tire spinning at a speedometer
reading above 35 mph (55 km/h) can in a matter of seconds
reach a speed capable of disintegrating a tire with explosive
force. Under some conditions, a tire may be spinning at a speed
twice that shown on the speedometer. This could cause serious
personal injury or death to a bystander or passenger. Never spin
a tire above a speedometer reading of 35 mph (55 km/h).
RADIAL TIRE ROTATION
The purpose of tire rotation is to minimize irregular or uneven
wear caused by maintaining a tire in one rotation direction and
one position over an extended period. Rotate tires as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or every 5,000 miles.
Individual tire pressures must be checked after rotation and
adjusted to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for the
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tire’s new location on the vehicle. Vehicle alignment should be
checked if irregular wear is evident.
For vehicles with a “temporary use” spare tire, follow the vehicle
manufacturer’s recommended pattern for rotation, or, if not provided, the following may be used:
If your spare is the same size, load rating, and type of tire as
your road tires, it should be included in the tire rotation process.
For vehicles with a “full-size” spare, the following rotation patterns may be used:
Note:
• Never include a “temporary use” spare tire in the rotation.
• Tires with directional tread patterns must be rotated so the
direction of revolution does not change; this may require
demounting/mounting the tires.
• Special attention should be given if your vehicle is equipped
with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Rotation of
your tires may affect the system; consult your vehicle owner’s
manual or a qualified tire service professional.
• Some vehicles may have different size tires/wheels on front
and rear which would restrict rotation. Always check and
follow the vehicle manufacturer’s rotation recommendation.
• To use a full-size spare in the rotation pattern on vehicles with
dual rear wheels, consult your vehicle owner’s manual for the
recommended procedures or consult the vehicle manufacturer.
YOUR SPARE TIRE
Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper application of
your spare tire. Your car may be equipped with a “temporary
use” spare tire; this spare may differ in size and construction
from the other tires on your vehicle.
FULL SIZE SPARE FULL SIZE SPARE
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SAFETY WARNING
Check inflation pressure before use. Failure to have proper inflation pressure when using your spare tire can result in serious
personal injury or death. See "Tire Inflation Pressure" in this
manual.
SAFETY WARNING
Mounting a “temporary use” tire on a wheel which is not specifically designed for it, or placing another type tire on a wheel designated for temporary use can be dangerous. Your vehicle’s handling characteristics can be seriously affected. You could have
an accident resulting in serious personal injury or death. Consult
your vehicle owner’s manual for proper application of your “temporary use” spare tire.
The spare tire in your vehicle is intended to be used as a spare
when needed. The spare tire carrier is not intended to be used
for long term storage, except for “temporary use” tires. If your
spare is the same size, load rating, and type of tire as your road
tires, it should be included in the tire rotation process; see
“Radial Tire Rotation” in this manual for more information.
The spare should be included in regular tire inspections and
inflation pressure checks. In addition, it should be replaced 10
years after date of manufacture, regardless of condition or tread
depth. For more information, see the “Tire Damage, Inspection
and Service Life” in this manual.
TIRE STORAGE
Tires should be stored indoors in a cool, dry place where water
cannot collect inside them. Tires should be placed away from
electric generators/motors and sources of heat such as hot
pipes. Storage surfaces should be clean and free of grease,
gasoline or other substances which can deteriorate the rubber.
SAFETY WARNING
Improper storage can damage your tires in ways that may not be
visible and can lead to a failure resulting in serious personal
injury or death.
The spare tire in your vehicle is intended to be used as a spare
when needed. The spare tire carrier is not intended to be used for
long term storage, except for “temporary use” tires. For more
information, see “Your Spare Tire” and “Radial Tire Rotation” in this
manual.
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TIRE SERVICE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
Normal tire maintenance and Limited Warranty services are
available at locations across the U.S.A. and Canada. For more
information, visit us on the internet at www.bridgestonetire.com,
or please call the Technical Service Department:
U.S.A.: (1-800-356-4644) or Canada: (1-800-267-1318).
Additional information on the care and service of automobile and
light truck tires is available from the following organizations:
TIRE
TIRE REGISTRATION
Registration of your tires is an important safety precaution since
it enables the manufacturer to notify you in the event of a recall.
When you purchase replacement tires, the retailer will provide a
registration card on which the tire identification numbers have
been recorded; fill in your name and address on the card and
mail it promptly. Some retailers may submit the registration for
you. You do not need to register tires which come as original
equipment on new vehicles—the vehicle and tire manufacturers
handle that for you.
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Rubber Manufacturers Association
1400 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-2403
www.rma.org
Rubber Association of Canada
2000 Argentia Road, Plaza 4, Suite 250
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 1W1
www.rubberassociation.ca
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RFT TIRES with RUN-FLAT TECHNOLOGY
If your vehicle is equipped with Bridgestone or Firestone brand
RFT tires, this chapter presents specific maintenance and safety issues associated with these tires that are in addition to those
covered elsewhere in this manual.
What is RFT? Run-Flat Technology tires are extraordinary tires
that utilize specially designed components to temporarily support
your vehicle in the event of inflation pressure loss, such as from
a puncture. This gives you the ability to drive to a convenient
and safe location to change your tire (if equipped with a spare)
or have it inspected for possible repair or replacement.
Naturally, certain run-flat and low pressure operating limitations
apply, which varies according to the specific self-supporting tire
design. Like all tires, during normal operation, they must be
properly inflated and maintained. Regardless of the design or
quality, no tire is indestructible.
RFT—How to Identify: Bridgestone and Firestone brand tires
are marked on the sidewalls, near the wheel, with the RFT logo
(shown above).
RFT INFLATION PRESSURE
Like other tires, RFT tires need proper inflation pressure
maintenance for safe operation and to achieve the maximum
tire life and performance. Check inflation pressures monthly
and before long trips or carrying extra weight. Use an accurate
tire gauge and check pressures when the tires are cold. Follow
the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for inflation pressure settings as indicated on the vehicle tire information placard
and/or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Do not forget the spare, if
applicable. See “Tire Inflation Pressure” in this manual.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING
SYSTEM (TPMS)
A functioning tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) must be used
with your RFT tires. Because these tires ride so well even without
inflation pressure, the TPMS may be necessary to alert you of an
inflation pressure loss condition. When alerted, follow the instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual and see “Run-Flat or Low Tire
Pressure Operation,” the following section in this manual.
The vehicle or TPMS manufacturer may advise checking the
TPMS regularly to confirm it is in working order. In addition, a
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new pressure sensor, certain components, or reprogramming
may be necessary when a tire is serviced. Consult your vehicle
owner’s manual, vehicle manufacturer, or a Bridgestone
Firestone Run-Flat Certified Retailer for questions regarding
TPMS operation and service.
RUN-FLAT or LOW TIRE PRESSURE
OPERATION
SAFETY WARNING
Serious personal injury or death may result from a tire failure or
accident due to improper run-flat or low tire pressure operation.
Read and follow the instructions below, and the other maintenance and safety recommendations elsewhere in this manual.
General Instructions
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) required in your
vehicle may have different methods of alerting you when your
tire has lost inflation pressure. The international standard for the
definition of run-flat operation is pressure at or below 10 psi (70
kPa); however, some vehicle manufacturers may have established a different pressure limit. Consult your vehicle owner’s
manual for the details of your TPMS. Once the TPMS has indicated that a tire has reduced inflation pressure, the run-flat mode
of operation has commenced. During this phase of operation,
please follow these instructions:
• Reduce speed as much as safely and reasonably possible;
do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h). The greater the speed,
the less distance the tire can travel.
• Avoid abrupt or aggressive acceleration, braking, or
cornering maneuvers as much as safely and reasonably
possible. Pot holes and other road hazards should be
avoided. Careful driving limits potential damage to the tire,
wheel, and vehicle.
• Proceed to a safe and convenient location for tire service
as soon as possible. Take note of your mileage; your
operation distance is limited. See "Distance—How Far You
Can Drive,” the next section in this manual.
• If an unusual vibration or vehicle handling difficulty arises,
stop driving as soon as safely and reasonably possible.
The tire may be about to suddenly fail. Release the accelerator and gradually reduce speed. The tire will need to be
replaced before proceeding.
• If towing a trailer, stop driving as soon as safely and
reasonably possible. In this condition, it is potentially
dangerous to operate a vehicle/trailer combination. If
possible, disconnect the trailer and proceed as noted above.
Do not continue to tow any trailer until proper tire service or
replacement has been performed.
• Do not touch a tire recently run-low or run-flat (it may be
very hot). Allow the tire to cool before handling.
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DISTANCE—HOW FAR YOU CAN DRIVE
Factors affecting run-flat or low tire pressure operating
distance include vehicle speed, load, and maneuvering;
the amount of inflation pressure loss; the extent of any tire
damage; and ambient temperature.
The tire may be marked on the sidewall with run-flat or
low tire pressure operating speed and/or distance limitations, which vary by tire design and vehicle application
(consult your vehicle owner’s manual). By international
standard, RFT tires have a baseline limitation in run-flat
mode of the following:
Maximum Speed: 50 mph (80 km/h)
Maximum Distance: 50 miles (80 km)
Note:
• Maximum distance values are determined under controlled
conditions, which may vary in actual use.
• Your mileage capability may be less, or more, depending on
your specific operating conditions.
• If in doubt, do not exceed the 50 mile (80 km) limitation.
• Seek tire service as soon as possible to minimize tire
damage.
SPECIAL SERVICE and REPAIR ISSUES
Run-Flat Certified Retailers
Because of the advanced technology and design of RFT tires
and the required tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS),
Bridgestone Firestone Run-Flat Certified Retailers are specially
trained to sell and service RFT tires.
Run-Flat Certified Retailers have the necessary equipment and
are specially trained to properly mount and demount RFT tires
and to handle TPMS devices. Conventional mounting equipment may irreparably damage RFT tires and an improper
repair is unsafe and will void the Limited Warranty.
Accordingly, it is important to go to a Bridgestone Firestone RunFlat Certified Retailer for tire maintenance and replacement.
Call toll-free 1-877-BFS-4RFT or visit www.bridgestonetire.com
to locate the nearest Bridgestone Firestone Run-Flat Certified
Retailer.
Inspection after Run-Flat or Low Pressure Operation
Following run-flat or low tire pressure operation, or in the event of
any other tire damage or unusual condition, it is very important to
obtain a proper and complete tire evaluation as soon as possible.
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Rotation
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, or rotate
every 5,000 miles per the recommendations in this manual (see
“Radial Tire Rotation”). In some cases, TPMS devices require
reprogramming with each tire rotation.
RFT Tire Replacement
Do not replace or mix RFT tires with conventional tires, unless
on an emergency/temporary basis. Conventional tires do not
have run-flat capability and the handling characteristics of the
vehicle with these tires may be different. If a conventional tire is
used on an emergency/temporary basis, verify that its size, load
capacity, inflation pressure, and speed rating specifications meet
the requirements of the vehicle. Replace any conventional tire
with the proper RFT tire as soon as possible.
RFT Tire Damage and Repair
No tire, regardless of its design or quality is indestructible. RFT
tires can be ultimately rendered unusable due to a puncture or
other road hazard as well as from improper run-flat or low tire
pressure operation. Some punctures may be repaired under
certain restrictions and prescribed procedures.
When driven flat or with low pressure, factors affecting reparability include vehicle speed, load, and maneuvering; the amount of
inflation pressure loss; and ambient temperature. In any situation, the extent and location of direct damage from a puncturing
object or other road hazard are also critical factors.
RFT tires are not repairable in any of the following situations:
• If the tire was operated with inflation pressure less than 15
psi (100 kPa).
• Abrasion or other damage is present on the exterior tread,
sidewall or bead areas.
• Abrasion, wrinkling, or separation is present on the tire
interior.
• Any condition or damage is present that disqualifies repair
of a conventional tire.
Run-Flat Certified Retailers will fully inspect your tire, inside and
out, to determine if the tire can be repaired. Tire damage is not
always visible from the outside and the tire must be removed
from the wheel for a complete inspection. For more information,
see the section “Tire Repairs” in this manual.
Note: Some vehicle manufacturers do not recommend using
repaired tires. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or contact
the vehicle manufacturer before operating a repaired tire on your
vehicle.
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P215/65R15 95 H —
LT235/85R16 114/111 Q D
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REFERENCE INFORMATION
TIRE SIDEWALL LABELING
A lot can be learned by reading the tire’s sidewall. The following
figures show typical information on the sidewall of passenger
(Figure 3) and light truck tires (Figure 4):
Figure 3: Typical
Passenger Tire
Markings
Figure 4: Typical
Light Truck Tire
Markings
Tire Size, Load Range, Load Index, and Speed Symbol:
Tire Size Load Speed Load
Example Index Symbol Range
Figure 3
Figure 4
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DOT Symbol and Tire Identification Number: The “DOT” symbol
constitutes a certification that the tire conforms to applicable U.S.
Department of Transportation motor vehicle safety standards (for
tires). Following the “DOT” symbol is the tire identification number,
also known as the DOT serial number or code. For example:
DOT EL CB DKE 18 00
(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)*
(a) DOT Symbol
(b) Plant of Manufacture Code
(c) Tire Size Code
(d) Tire Manufacturer’s Code
(e) Week of Production (01-53)
(f) Year of Production (last two digits of year)*
* For tires produced from 2000-on. In the example above, the tire
was produced in the 18th week of 2000. For tires produced prior
to 2000, there is one digit in group (f) which identifies the last digit
of the year of production, i.e. “329” would likely signify the 32nd
week of 1999, but could possibly signify the 32nd week of 1989. If
in doubt, consult a qualified tire service professional.
The DOT symbol and tire identification number can be found on
at least one sidewall near the wheel. The other sidewall may
have a partial serial code that excludes (e) and (f) above.
Maximum Load and Inflation: The maximum load and maximum inflation pressure is marked on each sidewall in metric and
English units. For example:
MAX LOAD 685 kg (1510 lbs) AT 240 kPa (35 psi) MAX PRESS
Note: The load and inflation values marked on the tire sidewall
are maximum permissible values for the tire only. Never assume
that these values are the actual maximum load capacity or recommended tire pressure values for your vehicle. See “Tire
Inflation Pressure,” “Tips for Safe Tire Inflation,” and “Tips for
Safe Loading” in this manual.
Ply Composition and Materials: The actual number of plies in
the sidewall and tread area and the generic name(s) of their cord
material(s) are marked on at least one sidewall. For example:
TREAD 2 PLY POLYESTER + 2 STEEL
SIDEWALL 2 PLY POLYESTER
Radial: Radial ply tires will have the word "radial" on at least
one sidewall. An “R” in the tire size designation also indicates
radial ply construction.
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Tubeless or Tube Type: Tires are marked as either “tubeless”
or “tube type,” whichever is applicable, on at least one sidewall.
UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADING
The Uniform Tire Quality Grading (“UTQG”) standards are
intended to assist you in making an informed choice in your purchase of passenger car tires by providing information indicating
relative performance of these tires in the areas of tread wear,
wet braking traction (straight-ahead), and temperature resistance. All passenger car tires must conform to federal safety
requirements in addition to these grades.
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear
rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a
specified government test course. For example, a tire graded
150 would wear one and one half (1 1/2) times as well on the
government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use,
however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variation in driving habits, service practices and differences in road
characteristics and climate.
Traction
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.
Those grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement
as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. Warning: The traction grade assigned to a tire is based on straight-ahead braking
traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering,
hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics.
Temperature
The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on
a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and
reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden
tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance
which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard No.109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than
the minimum required by law. Warning: The temperature grade
is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading,
either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and
a possible tire failure.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT
PASSENGER and LIGHT TRUCK TIRES
Including Tires with Run-Flat Technology
ELIGIBILITY
This Limited Warranty covers BRIDGESTONE and FIRESTONE
brand passenger and light truck tires, including RFT and temporary spare tires, originally installed by the vehicle manufacturer on
a new vehicle. You are covered under the terms of this Limited
Warranty if the tire was produced after July 4, 2004 (DOT serial
2704 or later) and has been used only on the vehicle on which it
was originally installed in non-commercial service.
WHAT IS WARRANTED
and FOR HOW LONG
Before wearing down to 2/32 inch (1.6 mm) remaining original
tread depth (i.e. worn down to the top of the built-in indicators in
the tread grooves) and within 6 years from the date of purchase
(proof of purchase date required; without proof of purchase date,
then within 6 years from the date of tire manufacture), for any reason other than those excluded in the section entitled “What This
Limited Warranty Does Not Cover,” any eligible tire that becomes
unusable for any reason within the manufacturer’s control will be
replaced with an equivalent new tire on the basis set forth in this
Limited Warranty.
WHAT THIS LIMITED WARRANTY
DOES NOT COVER
This Limited Warranty does not cover the following:
1. Tire damage or irregular wear due to:
A. Road hazards, including, without limitation: Puncture,
cut, impact break, stone drill, bruise, bulge, snag, etc.
B. Improper use or operation, including, without limitation:
Improper inflation pressure, overloading, tire/wheel
spinning, use of an improper wheel, tire chain damage,
misuse, misapplication, negligence, tire alteration, or for
racing or competition purposes.
C. Insufficient or improper maintenance, including, without
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limitation: Failure to rotate tires as recommended in this
manual, wheel misalignment, worn suspension
components, improper tire mounting or demounting,
tire/wheel assembly imbalance, or other vehicle
conditions, defects, or characteristics.
D. Contamination or degradation by petroleum products or
other chemicals, fire or other externally generated heat,
or water or other material trapped inside the tire during
mounting or inflation.
E. Improper repair. Improper repair voids this Limited
Warranty.
F. For RFT tires only, improper run-flat or low tire
pressure operation, including, without limitation:
Exceeding speed, distance, or other run-flat/low-pressure
operation limitations.
2. Rapid tread wear or wear-out. Original equipment tires have
no mileage warranty.
3. Weather/ozone cracking after 4 years from date of tire
manufacture.
4. Ride disturbance or vibration after 1/32 inch (0.8mm) of tread
wear use.
5. Tires with sealant, balance, or other filler material that was
not originally applied or inserted by the tire manufacturer.
6. Tires used in commercial service.
7. Tires purchased and normally used outside the United States
and Canada.
8. The cost of applicable federal, state, and local taxes.
9. Failure to follow any of the safety and maintenance
recommendations or warnings contained in this manual.
This Limited Warranty is in addition to and/or may be limited by
any other applicable written warranty you may have received
concerning special tires or situations.
REPLACEMENT PRICE
Radial passenger and light truck tires adjusted under this Limited
Warranty will be replaced free of charge during the first 25% of
tread wear or within 12 months from the date of purchase (proof
of purchase date required; without proof of purchase date, then
within 12 months from the date of tire manufacture), whichever
occurs first. During the free replacement period, mounting and
balancing are included free of charge.
To determine the replacement price after the free tire replacement period, the percent of used tread wear is multiplied by the
current selling price for the replacement tire(s). The appropriate
taxes, mounting, balancing, disposal fee, and other service
charges may be added to the adjustment replacement price.
In Canada, the tire will be adjusted at dealerships (subject to
dealer discretion) at a predetermined “Adjustment Price.”
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REPLACEMENT WARRANTY
If you receive a replacement tire under this Limited Warranty, it
will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, if any, given on
that tire at that time.
WHERE TO GO
Tire adjustments under this Limited Warranty will only be made
at an authorized Bridgestone Firestone retailer. Consult a phone
directory (often listed in the Yellow Pages under "Tire Dealers")
or the internet at www.bridgestonetire.com for the location nearest you.
CONSUMER RIGHTS
This Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights which vary from state to state or in
Canada from province to province.
CONDITIONS and EXCLUSIONS
To the extent permitted by law, Bridgestone Firestone North
American Tire, LLC disclaims all other warranties, including but
not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and any liability for incidental and
consequential damages, loss of time, loss of vehicle use, or
inconvenience. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
This Limited Warranty applies only to consumers actually using
the tire in the United States and Canada. For warranty conditions outside the United States and Canada, see your local
Bridgestone Firestone distributor.
Obligations under this policy may not be enlarged or altered by
anyone.
In accordance with Federal Law, this Limited Warranty has been
designated as a "Limited Warranty.” Nothing in this Limited
Warranty is intended to be a representation that tire failures
cannot occur. This Limited Warranty is given in the United
States by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, 535
Marriott Dr., Nashville, TN 37214 and in Canada by Bridgestone
Firestone Canada Inc., 5770 Hurontario St., Suite 400,
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5R 3G5.
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OWNER’S OBLIGATIONS
In order to keep this Limited Warranty valid, we require you to
have your tires regularly inspected and rotated per the recommendations outlined in the sections of this manual entitled "Tire
Damage, Inspection and Service Life” and “Radial Tire Rotation”
and to furnish proof of same in order to receive an adjustment.
Such proof should show the date, mileage, and servicing location. A sales receipt containing this information will suffice. In
addition, a “Maintenance Record” is included on the back cover
of this manual. It is your obligation to maintain proper tire inflation pressures as specified by the vehicle manufacturer and to
operate the vehicle within tire/vehicle load capacity and speed
limitations. It is also your obligation to maintain proper wheel
alignment and tire/wheel assembly balance. To request an
adjustment, you must present the tire to an authorized
Bridgestone Firestone retailer. Complete and sign the customer
section of the Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC
Limited Warranty adjustment form and pay appropriate replacement price, taxes, disposal fee, and service charges, if any.
ARBITRATION
You and Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC agree
that all claims, disputes, and controversies between you and it,
including any of its agents, employees, successors, or assigns,
arising out of or in connection with this Limited Warranty, or any
other warranties, express or implied, including a failure of warranty and the validity of this arbitration clause, but excluding
claims for personal injury or property damage, shall be resolved
by binding arbitration between you and it, according to the formal dispute resolution procedures of the National Arbitration
Forum, under the Code of Procedure then in effect. This arbitration will be conducted as a document hearing. If you request
any procedures beyond a document hearing, you will be
responsible for all fees, including filing and administrative fees,
above and beyond the fees required for document hearings.
The arbitration between you and Bridgestone Firestone North
American Tire, LLC shall not include any other customers, be
combined or consolidated in any fashion with arbitrations involving other customers, or proceed in any form of class action in
which the claims of numerous customers are considered together. Any award of the arbitrator(s) may be entered as a judgment
in any court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrators will have
no authority to award punitive or other damages not measured
by the prevailing party’s actual damages, except as may be
required by statute. Information may be obtained and claims
may be filed at any office of the National Arbitration Forum or at
P.O. Box 50191, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
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RECOMMENDED INFLATION PRESSURE
MAINTENANCE RECORD
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This website is focused on providing document in readable format, online without need to install any type of software on your computer. If you are using thin client, or are not allowed to install document reader of particular type, this application may come in hand for you. Simply upload your document, and Docureader.top will transform it into readable format in a few seconds. Why choose Docureader.top?

  1. Unlimited sharing - you can upload document of any size. If we are able to convert it into readable format, you have it here - saved for later or immediate reading
  2. Cross-platform - no compromised when reading your document. We support most of modern browers without the need of installing any of external plugins. If your device can oper a browser - then you can read any document on it
  3. Simple uploading - no need to register. Just enter your email, title of document and select the file, we do the rest. Once the document is ready for you, you will receive automatic email from us.

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