Run-Flat Tires More Likely to Need Replacement: J.D. Power

According to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates, run-flat tires are more likely to be replaced due to a flat or a blowout compared to conventional tires.

Based on more than 30,000 responses from owners of new 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles with original-equipment tires, the study revealed that nearly one-third of those owners had to replace their run-flat tires due to a flat or a blowout, compared to 19 percent of owners with conventional tires. Respondents reported that run-flat tires were replaced in pairs at an average of 16,000 miles. Conventional tires on the other hand, averaged 22,559 miles before having to be replaced.

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Since run-flat tires can’t be repaired, it is normally recommended to replace them in pairs in order to keep the tread wear balanced. The most commonly reported tire issues according to the study are road hazards or punctures, slow leaks, excessive road noise, and fast tread wear.

Overall satisfaction among owners of luxury vehicles equipped with run-flat tires was also lower than owners with convention tires – 728 on a 1,000 scale compared to 739. Owners of sports cars reported an even lower satisfaction rating of 665 with run flats, compared to 732 with conventional rubber on their vehicles.

[Source: Automotive News]