Outfitting your vehicle with the perfect tires through Mercedes Service
If you’ve noticed that the tire treads on your Mercedes-Benz are looking a bit worn or if you vehicle just isn’t performing the same in rain or summer heat, then it’s probably time to go tire shopping.
Whether you drive a roadster or a sedan, SUV or coupe, each Mercedes-Benz vehicle is equipped with the perfect set of tires to enhance performance, provide comfort and ensure safety. But when those original tires reach the end of their lives, finding the best replacement can be a little overwhelming.
But the task of choosing new tires doesn’t have to be a daunting one. Sure, there are near endless possibilities — different brands, sizes and types (all season, winter tires, sport performance, etc.). But equipping your vehicle with Genuine Mercedes-Benz Original tires or by selecting from a set of recommended tires at a Mercedes-Benz dealership can help make the chore of tire shopping a lot easier.
Mercedes-Benz Tire Centers offer complimentary tire inspections and, if needed, certified specialists can help you find the perfect tires for your model. The Mercedes-Benz service center carries a variety of tires in stock and they are competitively priced.
The best reason to take your vehicle to a Mercedes-Benz Service Center is that factory-trained technicians are there to help you select the best tires that can provide an excellent driving experience, stability, tread life, acoustics, traction, comfort and fuel economy.
Our dealers offer only approved, recommended tire brands for you Mercedes-Benz — whether it’s an S-Class, E-Class, G-Class or AMG®. Technicians are specially trained to match your vehicle (based on its model, year and trim) with the perfect tires.
All eligible tires purchased through Mercedes-Benz dealers also come with 24-month road hazard coverage. The coverage includes:
- Replacement costs of damaged tires
- 100% coverage for the first year
- 50% coverage for the second year
Most Mercedes-Benz come with Goodyear tires, since the brand is the original equipment provider (OEM) for many Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Michelin also offers a wide range of Mercedes-Benz tires. Additionally, Michelin backs up its tires with its Michelin Promise Plan, which includes a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, flat tire assistance for three years and a limited mileage warranty.
Authorized Mercedes-Benz Dealerships offer competitive pricing on approved national brand tires. The following brands are most often recommended:
Mercedes-Benz Service technicians can help you compare prices and features and then expertly install your new set of tires.
You can check for tire specials and search for your perfect tires by selecting the year, model and trim of your vehicle while visiting Mercedes-Benz USA Tire Center. You can also stop by your local dealership for information on specials and to find out what they have in stock.
Driving on worn tires can pose a danger to yourself and others. Stopping distances are drastically reduced when drivers use worn tires. Additionally, old tires are to blame for a rough ride, vibrations, and obnoxious road noise.
So when should you visit a Mercedes-Benz service center for new tires? Here is a good guide to help you decide:
1. Consider the age of your tires
Although driving habits and road conditions can contribute to the wear of tires, it’s good to have your tires fully inspected by a professional after 5 years of use. After 10 years of use, most manufacturers recommend replacing tires no matter their appearance.
2. Check the manufacturing date
To best determine the age of your tires look for the Department of Transportation (DOT) number found inside the tire’s sidewall. Following “DOT”, you’ll find the series of numbers or letters that identify where the tire was manufactured. The ninth and tenth characters tell the week the tire was manufactured. For example, “1209” means the tire was made during the twelfth week of 2009.
3. How have you treated your tires?
Proper care and maintenance, like correct air pressure, alignment and regular rotation, will extend the life of you tires. Certain conditions and habits, such as extreme heat, rain snow and ice, speeding and emergency braking can shorten their lifespan.
4. Inspect your tires
Look for uneven tread wear, shallow tread, rocks, nails, bulges and damaged valve caps.
Tread wear is probably the biggest reason most tires are replaced. Tire tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch and most new tires come with 10/32-inch or 11/32-inch tread depths (while some tires for trucks and SUVs are deeper). Specialists recommend that tires should be replaced when they reach 2/32-inch.
A popular way to test your tread depth is the Penny Test. To perform the penny test, place a regular penny into the tread ribs of your tires. Place so that Lincoln’s head is facing down toward the ground If you can see his entire head, it’s time to replace your tires.
Other ways to check your tread depth is to inspect tread wear indicator bars. Most tires come equipped with indicator bars (known as wear bars). These are embedded in between the tread ribs. If the tread is flush with the indicator bars, it’s time to go tire shopping.
5. How does your car feel?
A rough ride or delayed stopping time can be an indication that your tires are worn. Vibrations, squealing and other sounds can definitely signal that it’s time to replace.
6. Get help
If you still aren’t sure if your tires are due for a switch, see a professional. Tire dealers and certified vehicle technicians can tell you for sure what is best for your car. Don’t wait until its too late. Driving on worn tires is dangerous, can impact fuel consumption and interfere with driving performance.