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Michelin Group

Heat is a tire's worst enemy

Heat is a tire's worst enemy

Q: I have moved to a desert climate — dry air, no snow, lots of rain during monsoons. I have heard that Michelin tires wear out quickly in this type of climate. Is this so? Either way, can you recommend a good desert tire for a Chrysler minivan? —E.S., Marana, Ariz. A: I turned to a tech expert at the Tire Rack to answer this. His reply: "Since heat is used to cure tires, excessive heat is a tire's worst enemy. Frequent use and protecting tires from exposure to direct sunlight will improve their durability. "Long-term parking exposed to the elements is one of the worst things for tires. We would suggest selecting H- or V-speed rated tires with a...