Symptom: flat tire
Diagnostic: tire damage that requires repair
Most punctures, nail holes or cuts up to 7 mm (¼") confined to the tread may be satisfactorily repaired by a trained professional using industry-approved procedures.
Change your flat tire out with your spare tire. Then visit an authorized Michelin tire dealer for an inspection as soon as possible. They can then determine what damage (internally as well as externally) your tire has, and whether to repair or replace your tire.
Symptom: underinflated tire
A tire is called underinflated when it doesn’t have sufficient air pressure to meet the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended psi (pressure per square inch). Underinflated tires lead to flats and tire blowouts.
- reduces tread life through increased tread wear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tire
- generates excessive heat, which reduces tire durability and can lead to tire failure
- reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance (underinflated tires make your vehicle work harder).
Add air to your tire until it reaches the proper air pressure (psi, as measured by an air pressure gauge). To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door jamb.
Damaged & Worn Tires
Identify how wear and tire damage occurs with our list of how conditions, climate maintenance, and usage factors impact tire care.
How to Inspect Tires
Learn how to inspect tires by checking for air pressure, tread wear, and overall tire damage with these three simple steps.
Solve tire vibration and shimmy issues and check to see if your need a tire rebalance with these five important tips.
Car Pulling to One Side
Pinpoint whether your steering issues and one sided pulling are the result of poor tire alignments in this diagnostic breakdown.
Know when poor handling is the result of tire damage that requires repair in this diagnostic breakdown.
Doing a routine tire inspection is a good way to ensure your tires are safe and at peak performance. Learn how to inspect your tires.
Your sidewall is damaged? Learn about flat tire symptoms, sidewall damage and how to repair your tires with the Michelin tire assessment guide.
Tire Inspector Tool
Have you noticed a problem with one of your tires? Diagnose it here with the tire section of our Tire Inspector Tool.
Tire Inspector Tool Sidewall
Have you noticed a problem with one of your tires? Diagnose it here with the sidewall section of our Tire Inspector Tool.
Tire Inspector Tool Handling
Have you notice a problem with one of your tires? Diagnose it here with the handling section of our Tire Inspector Tool.
Tire Inspector Tool Tread
If you notice a problem with one of your tires, diagnose it here with the Michelin Tire Inspector Tool.
Tire Wear and Damage
Understand the different types of tire wear and damage with help from Michelin. Learn how to identify and fix tire issues to keep you safe on the road.
Have you noticed uneven or excessive tire wear, excessive wear on both edges, or any other issues related to tire damage? You may have under-inflated tires. Learn more.