You are eligible for the benefits of this warranty (the “Limited Warranty”) only if you are the original owner and consumer of new Maxxis trailer tires, such tires bear the original Department of Transportation(DOT)-prescribed tire identification numbers, and such tires are on the trailer upon which they were originally installed according to the trailer manufacturer’s or Maxxis’ recommendations.
What Is Warranted and For How Long
Subject to the limitations contained in this Limited Warranty, your new Maxxis tires are warranted under this Limited Warranty against failures due to defective materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the date of manufacture.
(A) Eligibility: A tire is eligible for warranty coverage under this Limited Warranty only if the tire is presented by the original owner and consumer within six years from the tire’s manufacture date and the tire has a minimum of 2/32” of tread depth remaining, and all procedures in this Limited Warranty are followed.
(B) Free Replacement: Subject to the limitations contained in this Limited Warranty, if a Maxxis tire fails due to defective materials or workmanship during the first 25% of treadwear on the Radial ST or twelve months from the date of original purchase, whichever comes first, the tire will be replaced with a new comparable Maxxis tire without charge. Notwithstanding the foregoing, out-of-round tires must be presented for free replacement within the first 2/32” of tread depth.
(C) Treadwear Prorated Discount: A defective tire that does not qualify for free replacement under (B) above, but that is otherwise eligible for warranty coverage under this Limited Warranty, will entitle you to a discount on the purchase of a comparable new Maxxis tire. The amount of the discount will be calculated based upon the percentage of tread that remains on the defective tire. For example, if 60% of the original tread remains on the defective tire, you will be entitled to a 60% discount off of the retail price of a comparable new Maxxis tire. You are responsible for all labor costs for mounting and balancing and for all applicable taxes.
Definition of Comparable Tire
A “comparable” new Maxxis tire may either be the same line of tire or, if the defective tire is out of production or unavailable, a tire of the same basic or equal construction and quality with different sidewall or treadwear configuration. If a higher priced tire is accepted as replacement, you will be responsible for the difference in price.
Treadwear is computed as a percentage of the original usable tread. The original usable tread does not include the last 2/32” of tread depth. Maxxis shall make all determinations regarding treadwear and eligibility for warranty coverage under this Limited Warranty at its sole discretion.
What Is Not Covered By the Warranty
This Limited Warranty does not apply to:
(A) Damage, failure, or irregular or premature treadwear caused by, resulting from, or arising out of fire, accident, chemical corrosion, malicious mischief, vandalism or road hazards. Examples of road hazards include, without limitation, nails, glass, rocks, curbs and other foreign objects and natural and manmade obstructions or obstacles such as excavations, construction, potholes and chuckholes. Damages caused by road hazards can include, without limitation, cuts, snags, punctures, scuffs, carcass bruises and impact breaks.
(B) Damage, failure, or irregular or premature treadwear caused by, resulting from, or arising out of improper operation or maintenance such as, without limitation, misapplication, neglect, misuse, running flat, overloading, under or overinflation, excessive speed, improper installation, improper wheel alignment, improper mounting or dismounting, use of puncture sealants, tire plugs, or fillers, noncompliance with safety, usage, or maintenance instructions or parameters, or any alteration to the tire such as, without limitation, grooving bead or sidewall decorative material or the addition of a white inlay (whitewall) to any tire.
(C) Loss of time, inconvenience, loss of use of the trailer, costs of towing or transportation, and/or incidental or consequential damages of any type or nature. Vehicle or trailer damage is not covered.
Defective tires qualifying for coverage under this Limited Warranty will be replaced either at no charge or at a discount in accordance with the terms of this Limited Warranty.
In order to claim under this Limited Warranty, you must deliver the allegedly defective tire to a Maxxis Authorized Tire Dealer in the United States for evaluation along with proof of your purchase date (such as your trailer dealer invoice). You are responsible for payment of charges for services that you request that are not covered by this Limited Warranty.
If There Is No Maxxis Authorized Tire Dealer Available
If there is no Maxxis Authorized Tire Dealer in your area, you must call Maxxis at 866-509-7067 for instructions regarding the allegedly defective tire. Maxxis may require that the tire be delivered by you, freight prepaid, to Maxxis directly or to a specified Maxxis Authorized Tire Dealer or other party designated by Maxxis. In any case, the tire must be delivered along with proof of your purchase date (such as your trailer dealer invoice). Upon receipt of the tire and other information by the designated party, the tire will be evaluated and, if it is determined that the terms of this Limited Warranty apply, provision will be made for a free replacement or discounted replacement tire to be delivered to you.
Important Tire Information
When customers choose Maxxis, they’re getting a product designed to deliver safety along with performance. But even the best tires must be used with caution and with close attention to safe practices. Following the guidelines and recommendations below will help to reduce the chance of accident or injury.
Always refer to the trailer manufacturer’s tire information.
- It is preferable to replace a trailer’s tires with ones that correspond to the manufacturer-recommended specifications. Tire speed specifications and load–carrying capacity should always be equal to or greater than the original equipment tires.
- Tire installers should refer to the trailer’s owner’s manual to identify any restrictions or recommendations that could affect the operation of the trailer. Maxxis does not recommend mixing trailer tires with different specifications.
Ply Rating vs. Load Range
- Ply ratings and load ranges denote the load capability and inflation limits of a given tire size when used in a specified type of service.
- Ply Rating: An older method of rating load capacity. These are shown as 4-ply rated, 6-ply rated, 8-ply rated, etc.
- Load Range: This is the current method of rating the tire’s load-carrying capacity and is denoted by letters: B, C, D, E, etc.
DOT (Department of Transportation) Certification
A DOT brand on the tire’s sidewall indicates that the tire has been certified by the Department of Transportation. Following the DOT brand is a serial number that denotes the tire’s manufacturer, the manufacturing plant, tire size code and date of manufacture. While consumer tire registration is voluntary, federal law requires that the selling dealer record the DOT identification numbers and provide the DOT registration form to the consumer.
Be sure to observe the following when mounting Maxxis tires:
- Lubricate both top and bottom beads with an approved lubricant. Never exceed 40 PSI to seat the beads.
- Both tire beads should be securely seated on the rim.
- Always replace a tire with another tire of the same bead diameter, designation and suffix letters.
- A new valve stem should be installed in the rim each time a worn tire is replaced.
- Never put any flammable substance in the tire/rim assembly at any time. Never use any flammable substance in a tire/rim assembly and attempt to ignite in order to seat the beads.
- Be sure that the wheel is securely seated on the hub face.
- Do not stand, lean or reach over the assembly during inflation.
- Be sure that all lug nuts have been properly torqued to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Be sure that there is no build-up of dirt or debris between the hub and the wheel.
- Be sure that the wheel is not bent or damaged. The wheel should not be used if:
- The flange is bent.
- The welds or rivets are leaking.
- The stud holes are elongated (rather than round).
- The wheel has more than 1/16” radial or lateral run-out.
- Matching tires on multiple axle trailers: special attention should be paid to ensure that all four tires are closely matched in height and width to avoid strain and possible damage to the trailer. Tire inflation pressure also affects the tire’s rolling circumference and should be matched according to the trailer manufacturer’s recommendations. Always check the trailer manufacturer’s recommendations prior to installing new tires.
Warning: improper mounting, under-inflation, overloading or tire damage may result in tire failure, which may lead to serious injury or death. Tire and rim sizes must correspond for proper fit and application.
Warning: Tire changing can be dangerous and should be done only by trained persons using proper tools and procedures as established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Failure to comply with proper procedures may result in incorrect positioning of the tire or wheel assembly which could cause the assembly to explode with enough force to cause serious physical injury or death. Never mount or use damaged tires.
Using worn tires can cause loss of control, which could lead to an accident and possible serious injury. Replace your tires when there is only 2/32” of tread depth remaining! All DOT-approved tires have a tread-wear indicator bar woven into the tread pattern. While this small piece of rubber appears to be a bridge between the two tire grooves, it is only 2/32” high. When the top of this indicator bar is even with the plane of the tread pattern, replace your tires. Another way to judge this indicator: Stick a penny, head down, into the tread. Seeing the top of Lincoln’s head means that you’re down to 2/32” and your tires must be replaced. For optimum safety, especially in wet conditions, replace your tires when you have 4/32” of tread remaining.
Always choose the original size or the size recommended by your manufacturer when replacing your tires. Replacing tires of different sizes or construction could lead to improper tire performance, tire failure and accident, causing possible serious injury or death.
Changing the size of your tire’s height, width, load capacity and/or tread design can change your tire’s performance. Don’t mix radial and non-radial tires. If you mix radial and non-radial tires, you may have trouble with consistent handling. Handling problems can lead to loss of vehicle control, accidents, injuries and death.
Be sure that the tires are mounted on a rim recommended by the Tire and Rim Association (T&RA) at the specified tire pressure.
Depending on a tire’s construction, if a tire is mounted on too narrow or too wide a rim, the tire’s profile will be changed. The resulting change can unbalance and stress the tire’s body and lead to poor performance, tire failure, accidents, injury and/or death. Never use automotive or light truck tires as replacements for tires being used on a trailer application. All tires are manufactured with specific ratings and load requirements to ensure proper vehicle use.
Damaged or incorrectly mounted tires can suddenly fail, causing serious injury or death. Tires should only be repaired by professionals!
NEVER OVERLOAD YOUR TIRES! Overloading can cause a range of problems – everything from poor handling and poor mileage to failure of trailer components or tire failure. Tire failure can cause accidents, leading to serious injuries and death. Check your owner’s manual to be sure that you’re within safety limits for the load your tires can handle. If you’re having tires mounted, be sure to check the load limit of the tires to be mounted. The load index of the replacement tires should always meet or exceed the maximum load of the original tires.
Proper tire inflation is essential! Your trailer cannot handle its load without the right amount of air pressure – and the results could be disastrous, including accidents, serious injuries and death. Most tire failures are caused by under-inflation. Proper inflation is also essential for overall performance. Unless your tires are properly inflated, you could lose as much as 5% of your vehicle’s optimum mileage.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month, and always check before long trips. Use a tire gauge, and be sure that your tires are still cold when you check them. If your trailer still has its original tires, use the optimum pressure specified by the trailer manufacturer as a guide. If you’ve replaced your tires, check with your dealer regarding optimum tire pressure.
REMEMBER: Your tires can be under-inflated long before you can see or feel any change. Don’t trust your eyes; trust a tire gauge!
Check the inflation in your spare tire as well. Spare tires lose air pressure over time. You don’t want to discover that your spare tire is under-inflated when you need it most.
You should also periodically replace your spare to prevent damage from aging.
Tire Maintenance and Information
Avoid irregular tire wear, which can contribute to poor tire performance and tire failure!
Unbalanced tires, which can be caused by hitting curbs, potholes or other road hazards, affect your ride quality and tire life. If you suspect that your tires may be unbalanced, have them inspected by a professional as soon as possible to avoid excessive wear and damage to your trailer’s parts.
If you will not be using your tires for a long period, don’t leave them on your vehicle. Store unused tires in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and other elements which can accelerate tire aging over time.
Keep tires looking their best by cleaning with a mild soap or detergent and a semi-soft bristle brush. Rinse with clean, plain water.