Latest Ford Explorer introduces Michelin Selfseal tyres

By CARSIFU | 13 March 2019

DETROIT: The new Ford Explorer offers a way to keep road-trippers on track as they #ExploreOurAmerica in the form of new Michelin Selfseal tyres.

Designed to withstand common nail and screw punctures, these environmentally friendly tyres are lined with a natural rubber sealant to fill most tread punctures and dramatically slow the rate at which air leaks – helping ensure your road trip continues without interruption.

“Nothing derails a family vacation like a flat tyre,” said Joseph Billman, Ford wheel and tyre engineer. “Explorer is the ultimate road trip family hauler – and it’s the perfect fit for these new Michelin Selfseal tyres.”

Michelin Selfseal tyres seal 90% of tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter, slowing the loss of air pressure to less than  5 pounds per square inch per week. Results are based on Michelin internal analytical testing. Actual results may vary.

Explorer is the first SUV in the world to offer Michelin Selfseal tyres, which are standard on Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models, and optional on Explorer Limited two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

Tyre size for all models is 255/55R-20. All Explorer models are equipped with a spare tyre.

If a nail or screw punctures a Selfseal tyre and remains in place, the sealant surrounds the object to help seal the puncture and avoid air loss. If the object punctures the tyre and comes back out, the sealant is designed to fill tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter.

The sealant is designed to enable drivers to continue their journey uninterrupted. If a tread puncture or low pressure is detected, the tyre should be inspected and repaired by a qualified tyre professional.

Michelin Selfseal tyres are designed to help avoid: dangerous side-of-the-road stops; lost time; loss of vehicle control.

“The all-new Explorer is designed to help our customers feel unstoppable and worry-free,” said Craig Patterson, Explorer marketing manager. “The availability of these new Michelin Selfseal tyres is another great example of that.”