Workmanship and Materials Warranty
The workmanship and materials warranty protects the consumer from any defects in the manufacturing or materials used in the tire. Most manufacturers offer this coverage for the life of the tire.
“Workmanship and materials means that we stand behind the product, should you run into some issue,” says Margadonna. Some of the problems that would be covered include severe cracking in the sidewall or the loss of a block of tread. “If there was something wrong with the tire that we were at fault for, as a manufacturer, we stand behind our product,” says Margadonna.
If a workmanship or manufacturing failure comes up within the first 2/32nds of an inch of tread, most manufacturers will replace the tire free of charge. Anything after that will usually be prorated.
What Voids Your Warranty?
Just as you can void your car’s warranty, you can void your tire’s warranty, too. The big one to watch out for is improper maintenance. If the tire manufacturer does not see proof that the tires were inflated, rotated and aligned properly, chances are your warranty claim will be denied. Other warranty killers include vandalism, racing, off-roading and damage from snow chains.
Inflate, Rotate, Evaluate
With any warranty, the manufacturer expects you to do your part to maintain the product to its standards. The Bridgestone tire manual, for example, tells consumers to do these three things to ensure long tire life:
• Keep your tires inflated to the recommended tire pressure to ensure even wear.
• Rotate the tires based on the manufacturer’s recommendation or every 5,000 miles, keeping a record of the service.
• Inspect your tires periodically, looking for any bumps or inconsistent wear patterns.
Don’t Cut Corners on Safety
These warranties may seem like too much to keep track of, but if you take a few basic precautions, you’ll not only reduce the chances of a tire wearing out prematurely, but also be fully prepared for a claim. Hang onto your purchase receipt and keep a record of all tire rotations and alignments. Keep in mind that it is better to miss out on a warranty claim than to run the tire to the end of its tread life and compromise your safety.