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Old August 12th, 2017, 09:56
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BJ'S won't install 235x75x15" tires on my 1996 Cherokee

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IIRC Michelin was bought by a French firm a while back )over 10 years ago?) and the name brand and private label tires they make have recycled rubber in them, and at least down south here in Texas they dry rot on the side walls and tread gaps in just 12 months. I will never touch those brands again. I have only found 2 tire brands now that I use, one made in China of all places (brand I had never heard of), the cheapest ones Walmart had, that have not dry rotted in the last 3 years, and the other brand, a cheap tire ( I forget the brand name) at NTB on my Saturn. I just replaced one that had 75% of the tread left with the side wall so dry rotted it was about to explode. I guess China is not concerned with EPA-EU recyling BS that ruins new tires overnight. I doubt the issue is just recycling rubber, I suspect they have stopped using toxic-heavy metal UV stabilizers in the US-Eurozone fabricated tires as well. .
Michelin has a customer courtesy for some of those dry rotting tires, but if you do not get the shop to to file a claim in four years they will not recognize the problem. I have a set of the dry rotting wonders on our van, they were not cheap and were the best rated I could find for wet and icy traction in all season tires. Within the first year they were dry rotting, I didn't know about the "customer courtesy" program until too late, heard about it from another van owner online their tires were replaced at 2 years for a new set that didn't immediately dry rot out the door. Went back to Sam's club they had to look it up because they were unfamiliar with the program but ours fell out side the time limit. They also claimed there is nothing wrong with the tires.
Never going to buy another set of Michelin tires even though they say they fixed the problems, it was too much to pay for their learning curve.
Last two sets of tires (one car and one XJ) were from foreign brands one Japanese built in Taiwan, the other I just got for the xj is a taiwanese company and tires built there as well. Good reviews for both, when I looked up the Michelin tires we had it was a long list of dry rot complaints.

Interestingly the Japanese tire company had/has contracts to build Americans brand tires for over seas markets so I have a hunch their own brand tires have probably benefited from the ppatent sharing. So far the off brand non US company tires seem pretty decent.


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Old August 13th, 2017, 01:42
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IIRC Michelin was bought by a French firm a while back )over 10 years ago?)
Michelin has always been a French company.
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BJ'S won't install 235x75x15" tires on my 1996 Cherokee

Makes me glad I have about 3 local small tire shops to pick from. I put 33s on my jeep through those guys. I watched a truck guy get some tractor tires mounted and they joked about balancing them. And if one pisses me off I go to the other just down the road.


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Michelin has always been a French company.
Thanks, your right, interesting history (wiki), and they are way bigger now than I thought.
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Re: BJ'S won't install 235x75x15" tires on my 1996 Cherokee

BJ's busted a TPMS sensor on our Toyota, then claimed it was like that, never again.
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