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 or website. 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.
Continued from BFGoodrich tire advice Part I
DO NOT OVERLOAD - DRIVING ON ANY OVERLOADED TIRE IS DANGEROUS
TG Comment: Good advice. You'll find the maximum load of your tires on the tire sidewall. Do not exceed this rating. Overloading is the same as under inflating in its effect on the tires and vehicle handlings.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT AND BALANCING ARE IMPORTANT FOR SAFETY AND MAXIMUM MILEAGE FROM YOUR TIRES CHECK HOW YOUR TIRES ARE WEARING AT LEAST ONCE EACH MONTH
TG Comment: It almost sounds as if BFG has been reading our advice. At least, we're singing the same tune... If your tires are not wearing evenly, (maybe the inside shoulder is wearing faster than the rest of the tread), or if you detect excessive vibration, your vehicle may be out of alignment or balance. These not only shorten the life of your tires but make handling more difficult and can be dangerous.
TIRE ROTATION AND REPLACEMENT
BFG recommends that to obtain maximum tire wear, it may be necessary to rotate your tires.
TG Comment: Check your vehicle owner's manual for instructions. Remember that the vehicle manual is ALWAYS the final authority on what is best for that vehicle, but if you do not have a manual handy rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (10,000 to 12,000 km) as a minimum. If you want to save visits, and the service is offered by competent people, have your tires rotated and inspected whenever you change your oil.
REPLACEMENT OF TWO (2) TIRES
BFG recommends that all four (4) tires are replaced at the same time. However, whenever only two tires are replaced, the new ones should be put on the rear. The new tires, with deeper tread, may provide better grip and water evacuation in wet driving conditions.
TG Comment: Some tire experts might vary this advice if you're talking about a front-wheel drive vehicle.
BFGoodrich advises you to not make or allow any alterations on your tires. Alterations may prevent proper performance, leading to tire damage which can result in an accident. Tires which become unserviceable due to alterations such as truing, whitewall inlays, addition of balancing or sealant liquids, or the use of tire dressing containing petroleum distillates are excluded from warranty coverage.
TG Comment: Although they don't say so in the same place, their tire guarantee also states that making any alterations to your tires will void the guarantee. This condition applies to most tire company guarantees that I'm familiar with.
REPAIRS - WHEREVER POSSIBLE, SEE YOUR BFGOODRICH TIRE RETAILER AT ONCE
TG Comment: Naturally they'd want you to get repairs done at a qualified dealer, and if you're concerned about keeping your warranty in shape, this is extra true. Most major tire company outlets will make repairs following the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommended repair procedures. If they do, your warranty should not be affected.
BFG tells you that repairs of all tires must be of the combined plug and inside patch type. Plug only repairs are improper.
TG Comment: This is straight out of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) textbook. A tire should be removed from the rim and inspected prior to repair. If not properly repaired the tire will suffer further damage by loosing pressure or allowing air, moisture and contaminants to enter the structure of the tire and could fail suddenly at a later date, possibly causing an accident.
Tires should always be stored in a cool, dry, clean, indoor environment. If storing for a month or more, take the weight off the tires by raising the vehicle or by removing the tires from the vehicle. If you don't store tires in accordance with these instructions you might damage the tires or cause premature aging.
SERVICE LIFE FOR PASSENGER CAR AND LIGHT TRUCK TIRES INCLUDING SPARE TIRES
BFGoodrich says that because tires are composed of various types of material and rubber compounds which evolve over time. For this reason, and many factors such as weather, storage conditions, and conditions of use it is impossible to accurately predict the service life of any specific tire in advance.
TG Comment: This conforms to my experience. Especially any tires which have been in use for 5 years or more need to be inspected by a specialist at least once a year. Develop an awareness of how your tires look and feel and whenever you note anything such as increased air loss, noise or vibration have them inspected professionally.
BFG recommends that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit.
TG Comment: The date when a tire was manufactured is located on the sidewall of each tire. See Tire Markings to learn how to read the sidewall.
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