One of the first things you will notice is that our tires are extremely easy to clean. Most whitewalls turn dingy or yellow because of the leeching of chemicals (mostly anti-oxidants) into the white material. Because our process uses a butyl lining to stop chemical leeching, you only have to clean the surface dirt. We recommend frequent cleanings with an abrasive cleaning pad. A fine or medium sanding sponge works well. These are available at most hardware stores.

Any good cleaner works OK - Castrol Super Clean, 409, Simple Green, Greased Lightning - just to name a few. Avoid cleaners that contain bleach. Prolonged use of these cleaners can "dry" the whitewall surface. VIGOROUS CLEANING WILL NOT DAMAGE WHITEWALLS.

Modern p-metric radials are designed for higher air pressure. This reduces rolling resistance, reduces heat build-up, and improves your car's steering response. It also helps prevent damage to your whitewalls. Because of so many applications, specific air pressures cannot be recommended. A good setting for most applications is 36 psi COLD. Remember, air pressure fluctuates with temperature change - frequent pressure checks are recommended, especially when begining a long trip.

For the street-rodders who frequently use smaller front tires and for the resto-rodders who select smaller tires to achieve that "certain look," we recommend higher air pressures.

Properly balanced tires and wheels spin with all their weight distributed equally. Unbalanced tires can result in a vehicle's "shimmying" (shaking from side to side) and "tramping" (hopping up and down). When your tires are installed, balancing should be part of the installation procedure.

Proper alignment ensures that all wheels on a vehicle are pointed in the optimum direction to the road and each other. Tires on a misaligned vehicle degrade handling and don't wear equally, reducing their tread life. A qualified mechanic can test your vehicle's alignment.

The purpose of regularly rotating tires is to achieve more uniform wear on each tire. If no period is specified in your owners manual, then the tires should be rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles.

If any tire sustains a puncture, have the tire inspected internally by any Michelin tire retailer for possible damage that may have occurred.

Tread area punctures in all Michelin passenger and light truck tires can be repaired provided that the puncture hole is not more than 1/4" in diameter, not more than one radial cable per casing ply is damaged, and the tire has not been damaged further by the puncturing object or by running underinflated. Tire punctures consistent with these guidelines can be repaired by following the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommended repair procedures. If damage exceeds these guidelines, the tire must be replaced.

Plug-only repairs done on-the-wheel are considered improper and therefore, not recommended. Such repairs are not reliable and may cause further damage to the tire.

Check your tires at least once a month for uneven wear and foreign objects wedged in the tread. A tire that continually needs more air should be taken off the vehicle and checked thoroughly.

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