BFGoodrich tires


TIRE GUYGet to know BFGoodrich tires

One way to get to know any product, such as BFGoodrich tires, or any other is to take a look at what they tell you about their products and how to use them.

From that view point, here is some of the information which is made available to all BFGoodrich customers in their owner's manual.   Look it over and see if you believe it is fair and reliable. I'll provide a few of my own comments to help out.

BFGoodrich's customer advice

CHECK THE COLD INFLATION PRESSURES IN ALL YOUR TIRES, INCLUDING THE SPARE, AT LEAST ONCE EACH MONTH

TG Comment: This is excellent advice, and one we try to help you form the habit of doing with our monthly Tire Chek.

If you don't maintain correct inflation you could wind up with improper vehicle handling and may cause rapid and irregular tire wear, sudden tire destruction, loss of vehicle control and serious personal injury. So, check pressures  at least once each month and always prior to long trips.

UNDERINFLATION

BFG says it is impossible to determine whether tires are properly inflated by simply looking at them. It is almost impossible to “feel or hear” when a tire is being run underinflated or nearly flat.

TG Comment: I completely agree. Tires need to be checked regularly with a tire pressure gauge. Pressures should be checked when tires are cold, meaning: before they have been driven on. Even if you drive for a short distance, the tires will heat up and air pressure will increase.

Checking pressure when tires are hot:

BFG says If pressures are checked after tires have been driven for more than three minutes or more than one mile, (1.6 km) the tires become hot and the pressures will increase by approximately 4 psi. Therefore when the tire pressure is adjusted under these conditions, it should be increased to a gauge reading of 4 psi greater than the recommended cold inflation pressure.

TG Comment: It's true that pressure goes up as tires are used, however, I would add that if you do adjust your pressure when they are hot, it is essential that you check the pressure as soon as you can, after they have cooled down.  Air temperature and altitude can also affect the inflation pressure.

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS (TPMS):

BFG says your vehicle may be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that is designed to monitor the pressure of tires mounted on your vehicle and sends a signal to the driver if a tire pressure falls below a predetermined level. A TPMS should not replace monthly manual pressure checks for all four (4) tires and the spare.

TG Comment: Right on! Manually check tire pressure inflation with a pressure gauge. Tires should have the pressure recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer. This can be found in the owner's manual or possibly on a sticker located on the vehicle's door jamb, inside the fuel hatch, or on the glove compartment door.

INSPECT YOUR TIRES, DO NOT DRIVE ON A DAMAGED TIRE OR WHEEL HAZARDS

Objects in the road, such as potholes, glass, metal, rocks, wood, debris and the like, can damage a tire and should be safely avoided. Unavoidable contact with such objects should prompt a thorough tire inspection. Anytime you see any damage to your tires or wheels, replace with the spare at once and immediately visit any BFGoodrich® tire retailer.

TG Comment: Obviously BFG would prefer to have you do any service at one of their dealers, and if you have a puncture repaired in a way which does not meet their standards, you could void future eligibility for warranty claims.

IMPACT DAMAGE

BFG advises that a tire impacted by a road hazard (curb, pothole, debris) may be damaged but not have visible signs of damage on its surface. A tire damaged by an impact may sustain a sudden failure a day, week, or even months later. You may not recall hitting an object that damaged or injured your tires. Air loss, unusual tire wear, localized wear or vibrations can also be signs of internal tire damage.

TG Comment: If you think you might have any damage to a tire or wheel from hitting a curb, pothole, debris on the road or any other road hazard, or if you sense any unusual vibration, replace the affected tire with a properly inflated spare immediately and visit a qualified tire technician, as soon as possible.

When you inspect your tires look for bulges, cracks, cuts, penetrations and abnormal tire wear, particularly on the edges of the tire tread, which may be caused by misalignment or underinflation.

WEAR BARS

BFGoodrich tires contain “Wear-Bars” in the grooves of the tire tread which show up when only 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of tread is remaining. At this stage, your tires must be replaced. Tires worn beyond this stage are extremely dangerous.

TG Comment: Not only BFG tires have wear bars and these are visible at all times, if you know what to look for.  See Tread.

For more BFGoodrich tire advice see Part II

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