Breaking In Your New Tires

A question we often get from our customers is, “Do I need to break in my new tires?" The answer is yes! It is highly recommended that you follow a break-in procedure whenever you purchase a new set of tires.

Easy cornering, braking, and acceleration for the first five hundred miles usually works best. Braking in your new tires this way allows the various components (rubber, steel, and fabric) used in the construction of the tire to slowly work together and to perform their duties within the tire to deliver maximum performance and ride quality.

In addition, it allows the lubricants used to release tires from their molds to wear off the surface of the new tire. Until this lubricant wears away, your new tires will have a reduced level of traction, especially in wet conditions.

By following the tire break-in procedure outlined above, you will set your new tires up for the best possible performance and to deliver results to meet your expectations! For more information on tire break-in and other related tire topics, please visit our web site.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jim Pfoh

Hi. I recently put 4 BF Goodrich Long Trail TA's (235/75 R17) on 2007 F-150 4x4. I have some mild vibration in the steering wheel. The shop re-calibrated the balancing machine and rebalanced the tires but I feel the vibration at slower speeds. They said it's the way the tire reacts to the road in this truck. I had Hankook DynaPro AT's and I never felt this before. There is about 250 miles on the new rubber. Will this mellow during the break in period or should I have them swap for OEM tires, or will that even make a difference. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thanks Jim
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Roger

Dear Mr. Pfoh, Unfortunately vibration does not improve as the tires break in. There are many possible causes. We have created a vibration Diagnosis Flow Chart that may be of help to you in finding a solution.
Friday, August 19, 2011 by Sam

I recently bought a new set of tires, had them mounted and balanced and now the car feels very loose. It feels like I'm in a boat when I switch lanes at high way speeds. Would breaking in the tires solve this issue?
Sunday, December 17, 2017 by Shapeliness

Hello, I have RS Civic 2016 model. It came with Bridgestone Turanza ER33. Recently I changed into Hankook V12 evo2, and I emmediately noticed a high rolling resistance and slow braking response. Yet the tires were so quiet and smooth. But I couldn’t give up the performance of my car that easy! So 10 days later I changed AGAIN to Turanza AR20. Yet I still feel slight rolling resistance when I first take off. Is that normal for a new tires? I really need to know the difference between the Turanza ER33 and AR20 and which one of them is better for performance.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Roger

Unfortunately, we do not have the Bridgestone AT20 here in the US, so unfortunately I am not able to make any comparisons for you. I can say that the Hankook V12 evo2 is a much higher level performance tire compared to the Turanza ER33 so I find your comments somewhat surprising. Having said that, new tires do break-in period of 500 miles for optimum performance, so the question might be, did you give them a fair chance?

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