Tire Shopping FAQs

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Replacing Tires: What Should I consider?

  • Replace all four at once
    It’s a good idea to replace all four tires at once. For optimum handling and control we recommend they are all the same type and size, unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

  • Make sure they match
    If you’re only buying two, make sure the new ones match the tires you’re keeping, and that this is permitted by your local laws and by the vehicle manufacturer.

  • Put new tires on the rear axle
    For better traction and stability when you drive, if you are only buying two new tires put them on the rear wheels.

  • Never mix
    Do not put radials and non-radials on the same axle.
    If both must be fitted to the same vehicle, put the radials on the rear axle.

  • Verify the tire speed rating
    It’s not recommended to fit tires with different speed ratings. However, if they are fitted with different speed ratings they should be installed with like pairs on the same axle.

  • Follow Load-carrying capacity recommendation
    Make sure replacement tires have an equal or greater load-carrying capacity to what the original equipment manufacturer specifies.

Buying New Tires: When is it Time to Look?

For the most enjoyable driving experience it's important to replace worn tires. Optimum traction helps provide responsive handling for a smooth, reliable ride.

You should inspect your tires regularly – at least once a month. Check the below to see if your tires need replacing:

  • Tread wear bars: most tires have tread wear bars - bands of hard rubber that you can only see when your tread depth has gone beyond the limit for safe driving, which is generally 1.6mm.
  • Uneven wear patterns: you should also check your treads for uneven wear patterns that can indicate other problems with your tires or your vehicle.
  • There’s a bulge or a blister on the sidewall of a tire. These can lead to tire failure and could be dangerous.
  • A tire has gone flat due to a blow out.
  • A tire has lacerations or other significant damage.
  • You have sidewall or tread punctures larger than 0.64cm. You cannot repair any punctures larger than that and you should never repair tires worn below 1.6mm.
  • For professional help, visit a Goodyear dealer for a free inspection and advice.

Choosing a New Tire: How do I Choose the Right Tire for Me?

  • Look for tires that excel in tests for braking and handling.

  • Let tread wear, ride comfort, noise, and rolling resistance help narrow your choices.

  • Choosing a vehicle tire depends on where you live, weather and terrain issues, what performance expectations you have, and what your vehicle requires.