Maxxis Automotive Tires
Important Safety Information
When customers choose Maxxis, they’re getting a product designed to deliver safety along with performance. But even the best tires must be used with caution and with close attention to safe practices. Following the guidelines and recommendations below will help to reduce the chance of accident or injury.
- Tire Speed Rating Chart
- The rating system shown below displays the top speed for which a tire is certified. It does not indicate the total performance capacity of a tire. This information will not be found on all tires. The speed rating denotes the speed for which a tire was designed to be driven for extended periods.
For tires having a maximum speed capability above 149 mph (240 km/h), a "ZR" may appear in the size designation. For tires having a maximum speed capability above 186 mph (300 km/h), a "ZR" must appear in the size designation, including a “Y” speed symbol in brackets. Example: P275/40R17 93W at 168 mph (270km/h) or P275/40ZR17 at above 149 mph (240 km/h).
- Riding on worn tires can cause loss of traction, leading to an accident and possible serious injury.
Replace your tires when there is only 2/32" of tread depth remaining!
All DOT-approved tires have a tread-wear indicator bar woven into the tread pattern. While this small piece of rubber appears to be a bridge between the two tire grooves, it is only 2/32” high. When the top of this indicator bar is even with the plane
of the tread pattern, replace your tires
Another way to judge this indicator: Stick a penny, head down, in the tread. Seeing the top of Lincoln’s head means that you’re down to 2/32” and your tires must be replaced.
For optimum safety, especially in wet conditions, replace your tires when you have 4/32” of tread remaining.
- Always choose the original size or the size recommended by your manufacturer when replacing your tires. Replacing tires of different speed ratings, sizes or construction could lead to improper tire performance, tire failure and accident, causing possible serious injury or death.
Changing the size of your tire’s height, width, load capacity and/or tread design can change your tire’s performance.
- If you must use tires of differing profiles, mount the widest tires on the rear of the vehicle.
- Don’t mix radial and non-radial tires. If you mix radial and non-radial tires, you may have trouble with consistent handling. Handling problems can lead to loss of vehicle control, accidents, injuries and death.
- If you must measure the width of your tires, be sure that the tires are mounted on a rim recommended by the Tire and Rim Association (T&RA) at the specified tire pressure.
Depending on a tire’s construction, if a tire is mounted on a too narrow or too wide a rim, the tire’s profile will be changed. The resulting change can unbalance and stress the tire’s body and lead to poor performance, tire failure, accidents, injury and/or death.
- Never use P-metric automotive tires as replacements for light truck tires or on a vehicle equipped with dual-rear tires. Each tire is manufactured with a specific speed rating and load requirements to ensure proper vehicle use.
- Damaged or incorrectly mounted tires can suddenly fail, causing serious injury or death.Tires should only be repaired by professionals!
- NEVER OVERLOAD YOUR TIRES! Overloading can cause a range of problems – everything from poor handling and poor mileage to failure of vehicle components or tire failure. Tire failure can cause accidents, leading to serious injuries and death. Check your owner’s manual to be sure that you’re within safety limits for the load your tires can handle. If you’re having tires mounted, be sure to check the load limit of the tires to be mounted. The load index of the replacement tires should always meet or exceed the maximum load of the original tires.
- Proper tire inflation is essential! Your vehicle cannot handle its load without the right amount of air pressure – and the results could be disastrous, including accidents, serious injuries and death. Most tire failures are caused by under-inflation. Proper inflation is also essential for your vehicle’s performance. Unless your tires are properly inflated, you won’t get the best gas mileage from your vehicle. In fact, you could lose as much as 5% of your car’s optimum mileage by failing to properly inflate your tires.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month, and always check before long trips. Use a tire gauge, and be sure that your tires are still cold when you check them. If your vehicle still has its original tires, use the optimum pressure specified by the vehicle manufacturer as a guide. If you’ve replaced your tires, check with your dealer regarding optimum tire pressure. REMEMBER
: Your tires can be under-inflated long before you can see or feel any change. Don’t trust your eyes, and don’t trust your vehicle’s feel; trust a tire gauge!
- NEVER SPIN YOUR TIRES! Being stuck in mud or snow can be frustrating – but if you spin your tires, being stuck can be dangerous. Your tire might be spinning much faster than your speedometer indicates, causing injury or death as well as damage to your vehicle. A tire spinning off the ground presents an equal or greater hazard. NEVER STAND BEHIND OR CLOSE TO A SPINNING TIRE!
- Excess speed is a danger to your tires, your vehicle and your safety! Driving above the speed limit can stress your tires, leading to sudden tire failure.
- Remember that a mini-spare tire is a temporary fix, and is NOT designed to be ridden for long periods of time! NEVER drive over 50 miles per hour when using a mini-spare tire. Have a new tire installed as soon as possible.
- Check the inflation in your spare tire as well. Spare tires lose air pressure over time. You don’t want to discover that your spare tire is under-inflated when you need it most.
- You should also periodically replace your spare to prevent damage from aging.
Tire Maintenance and Information
- Avoid irregular tire wear, which can contribute to poor tire performance and tire failure! Failing to rotate your tires at least every 6000-8000 miles also means that you’ll have to replace them much more quickly. Always refer to your owner’s manual for the rotation schedule and pattern specific to your vehicle.
- Unbalanced tires, which can be caused by hitting curbs, potholes or other road hazards, affect your ride quality and tire life. You can usually detect an unbalanced tire through vibrations in the steering wheel at certain speeds. If you suspect that your tires may be unbalanced, have them inspected by a professional as soon as possibleto avoid excessive wear and damage to your vehicle’s front end parts.
- Improper alignment will affect your car’s tire wear, gas mileage, stability and overall performance. Even if you haven’t noticed a problem, you should still have your car or truck aligned at least once a year as part of a regular maintenance program. If you think your vehicle might be out of alignment, your vehicle must be inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Have your tires inspected immediately if you notice any warning signs of improper alignment, which include the following:
- Excessive or uneven wear
- Steering wheel pulling to the left or right
- Feeling of looseness or wandering
- Steering wheel vibration or shimmy
- Steering wheel isn’t centered when car is moving straight ahead
- If you will not be using your tires for a long period, don’t leave them on your vehicle. Store unused tires in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and other elements which can accelerate tire aging over time.
- If you’re using winter or snow tires, have them mounted on all four wheels. Using winter or snow tires only on the front of your vehicle is extremely dangerous and could lead to handling problems, loss of vehicle control, accident, injury and death.
- Keep tires looking their best by cleaning with a mild soap or detergent and a semi-soft bristle brush. Rinse with clean, plain water.