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How can I read the Pirelli DOT code?

The DOT code (US Department Of Transportation) is a 7 to 13 character code that is required by law and is usually printed in smaller letters near the tyre bead (where the tyre meets the rim). Its first letters are DOT, which stands for 'Department of Transportation' and indicates that the government agency has approved the tyre. The last four numbers of the DOT code are often the most useful for car owners because they indicate the age of the tyre. The first two digits of the last four numbers indicate the week in which the tyre was produced and the last two the year. For example, a tyre with a DOT code 1119 was produced in the eleventh week of 2019. This information is important as the performance and safety of a tyre decreases with age, even if the tyre is not used, due to chemical breakdown. Other information included in the DOT code is the place of manufacture, the size and type of tyre.

What does M+S mean on my tyre?

Winter tyres are identified by the M+S marking on the sidewall, accompanied by a symbol of a mountain with a snowflake inside. Generally, the M+S marking alone is sufficient to identify a winter tyre, but the tyre industry has adopted the Snowflake marking to differentiate true winter products from the All-season products that only bear the M+S marking.

How can I recognise a Pirelli RUN FLAT tyre?

To check if a Pirelli tyre uses RUN FLAT technology before your purchase, visit Pirelli.com to verify by searching for your specific product. After purchasing the tyre, you will be able to find the RUN FLAT marking on the outside/inside shoulder of the tyre.

How often should I check my tyre pressures?

Your tyre air pressures should be checked at least once a month, using an accurate tyre pressure gauge. Remember that the pressure check should be carried out when the tyres are cold i.e. when the vehicle has been stationary for at least three hours.

What pressure level should I aim to maintain in my tyres?

We recommend that you always maintian your tyre pressures as indicated on the inside of the driver's car door. If you don't find any labels with tyre pressure indications, please refer to your vehicle manual.

What is the recommended inflation pressure for RUN FLAT tyres?

As with other tyres, RUN FLAT tyres require regular maintenance of internal pressures in order to achieve maximum tyre performance. We always recommended following your vehicle's handbook to find out the maxmium pressure limit suitable for your tyres.

Do Pirelli tyres have a warranty?

Yes, Pirelli tyres come with a purchase warranty within the first year from the date of purchase. Full details can be found here.

How can I contact Pirelli?

Send us a message on the following contact page.

How much do Pirelli tyres cost?

Each Pirelli dealer determines the price independently. Please check with your authorised Pirelli dealer for prices near you.

Where are Pirelli tyres produced?

The origin of Pirelli dates back to 1872, the year in which Giovanni Battista Pirelli founded a limited partnership in Milan, 'GB Pirelli & C.', for the production of elastic rubber articles. Today, Pirelli has an extensive geographical presence, with 19 production plants in ​12 countries and a sales footprint of about 15,900 points of sale in 160 countries. Production sites are located in various locations around the world besides Italy, including: the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States.

What are Pirelli's Performance Centres?

The Pirelli Performance Centre network brings together cutting-edge expertise in recommending, fitting and balancing high-performance tyres with first-class customer care and attention. We maintain the highest standards through a 130 point technical audit, which each centre completes twice a year with increasingly demanding criteria as we continue to push the industry forward.

What is the story behind the Pirelli logo?

The idea of the capital letter stretching horizontally to cover the other letters that make up the name was imagined in New York on a day back in 1908. It was a spur of the moment stunt, due to a request of a representative Pirelli had on site”. Read the full story here.