OJ Lopez, Lead tech and owner of Fluid MotorUnion, Chicagoland’s premier automotive service destination.
Always worth the money
As a Mastertech at a BMW dealership, I first started to form an opinion on tires when I noticed wear [differences] between brands. BMW was using Dunlop, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Goodyear, Continental, and Michelin. On the same model of vehicle, we noticed drastically different wear in the same mileage. Michelin and Continental were the only two brands that came close to wearing evenly and [lasting] their estimated mileage life.
Certain tires work better on certain vehicles because some manufactures run more aggressive alignment angles than others. The Michelin pilot super sports are among some of the best performance tires I’ve ever seen. Not only will they wear evenly for their estimated mileage life, but they do so across a wide variety of vehicles.
Needless to say, when a customer asks for a tire recommendation, I tell them, Michelin, if they can afford it. Their only downside is their expense, but they are always worth the money.
Michelin’s all-season tires is a good fit.
Michelin has developed a reputation for making quality, competitive tires. They’re a strong contender in the global market, and they’re one of the best brands.
Tires manufacturers have to try to find a good balance between durability, grip, and noise control. Different types of driving are best matched to different kinds of tires. Michelin makes several types of tires, so customers can usually find something that matches their [situation]. For most people, one of Michelin’s all-season tires is a good fit. It provides a good balance between grip and wear while not sacrificing quiet highway noise. Their winter tires have excellent grip in cold weather, but they don’t wear well, so it’s vital to switch them out for spring and summer.
One of the best things Michelin has going for them is how well their tires wear. Even under heavy loads, they’re designed to maintain their shape and distribute the weight evenly throughout the tire to ensure even wear. When a tire wears uniformly, it lasts longer.
Michelins are Consistent
Michelin pays special attention to “Radial Force Variation.” Their tires are rounder than their competitors’ [tires] under load because they [pay special attention] to their bead area where the rubber meets the rim. If a sample does not conform to specifications, then all tires from that production line will be tested to ensure quality and consistency. It is why Michelin tires require less weight to balance than most other brands.
Michelins can take much more abuse in the way of not rotating your tires and checking your air pressure. If you abused a different brand the same way, it would wear out very prematurely.
Champion of Longevity!
My first set of tires were Hankook. I was not satisfied with the grip under wet conditions. Then I bought Michelin tires. They [performed better], but their strongest point was their lifespan. For the same category as the Hankook, they lasted around 10,000 km longer.
Top performers on the track
Michelin Tires are known as a quiet-riding, long-wearing, quality brand tire. I have been racing on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2’s. These tires are top performers on the track. Michelin has been innovative in their technology by using natural sunflower oils in place of fossil fuels. I’m a fan!
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