Based in Seoul, South Korea, Hankook tires are one of the world’s largest tire distributors. Founded in 1941, the tire company is widely revered for its radial tire. Radial tires are those that use cord piles that have been crafted in a design that is 90’ from the center of the tire, or the tire’s radius. When choosing Hankook tires, make certain that you determine the full extent of the warranty and how it applies to your tire purchase. Keep in mind that when purchasing a vehicle with original Hankook tires and a temporary replacement, your tires will be under warranty for a specific time frame.
One of the most important areas that all Hankook tires under warranty should include a guarantee that tires will be free from any defects. Warranties are also limited to the amount of tread that is present on the tire. Tread will naturally wear away during normal use and life of the tire and you must know when the warranty will kick in and when it will no longer be valid. Keep in mind that a tire is considered to be completely worn out when the tread wears down to 2/32nds of an inch in length. Most warranties will not cover the replacement of tires that are completely worn out. Double check with your warranty before your tires lose tread so that you can take advantage of your free replacement tires while still under warranty, if applicable. If your Hankook tires are not covered under warranty for a free replacement, you may be entitled for credit towards a new purchase.
Hankook tires include the temporary, however, these shouldn’t be thought of as regular spare tires but are meant to be used for just temporary situations. If you find yourself in an emergency and need a tire, use the temporary spare, but then immediately remove it and place in the trunk. Like standard tires, Hankook spare tires are also under warranty and you should make certain you understand the full terms and conditions that apply. Hankook spare tires are smaller than standard sized tires as they are designed for storage within the
Additionally, there are certain conditions that are not covered by warranty and you must take the time to familiarize yourself with these situations. Some possible situations that may not be covered under warranty include damage to Hankook tires due to road hazards or faulty construction in asphalt, cement, concrete or other terrains, damage to tires due to accidents or fire, and conditions that may cause damage to tires caused directly by the owner. Some of these include damage to tires due to improper inflation techniques, such as under inflation or overinflating tires, driving at high speeds, not using the correct size tires, wheels, or rims for your vehicle, and using improper mounting techniques. Where you driver your vehicle may also cause a warranty to become void. As you may select specific tires for various climates and conditions, you may find that using tires in an off road environment may cause them to become damaged. This type of wear will not be covered under warranty.
Before making any type of adjustments to your vehicle, keep in mind that some of the enhancements you perform can void your warranty. Using tires for sporting or racing events will nullify your warranty. Those who are seeking tires for use in racing must ensure they purchase performance tires and choose a warranty that will cover their intended use. All owners must ensure they follow the recommendations expressed by Hankook in order to keep their warranties valid. This includes the proper method for mounting and demounting tires, ensuring they have the proper air pressure as required by the manufacturer, by staying within the recommended load limit and avoiding any hazards that could cause damage to your tires. By taking the time to thoroughly review your warranty you can make certain, that you ensure your Hankook tires will last for years to come.