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What is Behind Tyre Aging?

The Truth Explained

Research shows no difference between the performance of recently produced tyres versus tyres produced 3 years ago.*

*Studies were conducted by the Korean Department of Customer Protection; ADAC and The German Motorist Organization. Research by the independent organisations concluded that as long as a tyre is kept in recommended storage conditions, there will be no reduction of performance between tyres recently made and tyres made 3 years ago. Michelin recommends that tyres older than 10 years from the Date of Manufacture be removed from service entirely.

What's the truth behind tyre aging?

Why is Michelin sharing this information about tyre aging?

A: Because there is widespread misunderstanding of how tyres age.

Remember: The most important date is NOT the tyres’ fabrication date (DOT) but the date of installation on a vehicle.

Q: The tyre does not age significantly if it has not been installed. Why?

A: While in inventory (pre-installation), a tyre is uninflated, unloaded, and subjected only to the relatively minor temperature fluctuations of the storage facility.

Q: If Date of Manufacture does not matter, what date DOES matter?

A: The date that the tyre is installed on the vehicle. During operation, the tyre is subjected to high stresses, road impacts and other conditions which do not exist in storage. Therefore, a tyre ages significantly once it has been installed.

Q: What are some studies that confirm that tyre aging is irrelevant in storage, and is only relevant post installation?

A: Three studies have been done in Korea, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.

The studies in Korea & Germany show no difference in performance between tyres that are newly made versus tyres that are in storage for 3 years. The Saudi Arabia study shows that a tyre used on a vehicle for 1 year has equivalent aging to a tyre in storage for 10 years.

Q: Tyres age post-installation. What does Michelin advise in terms of tyre care post-installation?

A: Post-installation, the tyre requires very special care during its operational life - care that was irrelevant in storage, such as: Pressure maintenance, alignment, damage inspection, tread depth measurement.

Sources: Korean Department of Customer Protection; ADAC, the German motorist organization; Saudi Arabia study conducted by Osaka City University, published in Rubber Chemistry and Technology.

Want to win a set of MICHELIN Tyres with a value up to RM1,000?

Of course, you do! You’d be bananas not to. And you know what else isn’t bananas? Tyres of course! So what do you have to do?



1. Visit Michelin Facebook page and “Like” the page
2. Click on the Contest Tab or go to
3. Fill in your details and post your creative photo involving a banana (or a Tyre or the Michelin Man)!
4. Wait for admin to approve post, we will message you
5. Share your approved photo on your page with hashtags #MichelinMalaysia #TyresAreNotBananas in your caption

What are we after?
Fun, creative and exciting photos that show all the things that bananas aren’t. Of course, we’d ask you to stay safe and keep it clean. Yes, we know what you were thinking.

If you need some inspirations, catch the Michelin Man with Tyres Are Not Bananas promotional team from 12th July till 4th August 2017 at the following locations! They will be visiting high traffic areas in Klang Valley to create awareness among tourist and inviting them to join in the photo competition.



Participants will be presented with bananas, a contest card and Michelin premiums.

The competition, run on Facebook, will entail a five-step process and require participants to post their most creative photograph of them posing with bananas, Michelin’s Bibendum or with the photo signage available from the promotional team.

The 100 most creative photos will receive prizes ranging from movie tickets, Michelin travel bags, and petrol cards while three Grand Prize winners will each take home a set of Michelin tyres. More information can be found at

So get ready to go bananas from the 8th of July through to the 4th of August! Contest ends 4th August, 11:59pm. Location details will be updated on a weekly basis on Michelin website.

Find out more and make sure you read our Terms and conditions before participating:


Promotional team will move on to the next location if the location has no crowd as they arrive.