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#4458314 - 07/13/17 02:13 PM Replacing tires based on age
Chester11 Offline

Registered: 04/13/17
Posts: 100
Loc: PA
Hi Folks:

Is there a consensus on when tires should be replaced based on age?

The vehicle isn't driven much, and the rubber looks ok. The date code is 7 years ago.

Replacement time?

#4458319 - 07/13/17 02:18 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
FordCapriDriver Offline

Registered: 10/22/15
Posts: 2269
Loc: Balearic Islands , Spain
I probably shouldn't but i'm driving on : 2 tyres made in 2000, one made in 2001, and the other in 2002, spare is uh.... from 1975.
Although i only put 1200 ish miles a year on it and they are not worn, just hard, and i will be replacing them.
They're Yokohama S306 185/70-R13 86H.
1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6
1988 Ford Escort 1.6 Xr3i Convertible
1999 Peugeot 106 1.1i Max
Finnish expat living in Spain

#4458332 - 07/13/17 02:30 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
Superflop Offline

Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 369
Loc: Seattle
At work 10 years. Personal vehicles never make it that long on a set
2002 saab 9-5 2.3t wagon
2014 dodge grand caravan magnatec 5w-20

#4458333 - 07/13/17 02:30 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
andyd Offline

Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 6732
Loc: Marshfield , MA
I had a set of Coopers that were old and hard as rocks. They did fine on dry roads, but would slide on a heavy dew. First set of tires I ever replaced while they still held air. grin2
'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter.

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline bulk 0w20 and ? filter

#4458334 - 07/13/17 02:31 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
69GTX Offline

Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3684
Loc: Connecticut
I took the original tires off my 1999 in 2015.....16 yrs old. They only had 15K miles on them, had 40% tread, and not a sign of a crack or internal problem. They looked like 2-3 yr old tires. The car was always garaged and rarely ever sat out in the sun. Never driven in rain/snow. I just took them off for peace of mind and not having to worry about a "what if" when driving on the highway at 70 mph. Ironically, the new tires on put on felt no better.

2002 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 81K mi /PPlat 5w30/FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs

#4458338 - 07/13/17 02:32 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
homeyclaus Offline

Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 99
Loc: Northern VA
I think officially the manufacturers all say five (5) years is the maximum, with a more aggressive inspection schedule after year 3. Recent Continental tire products have a six year warranty, so presumably formulations are getting better at resisting UV/Ozone/Heat/Road Salts.
2013 Toyota Tundra CM 5.7L TRD (M1 0w20/PUP0w40euro, WIX/CQ filter)
2010 Mercedes E550 4Matic (PP 0W40 Euro, Mann)

#4458341 - 07/13/17 02:38 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
Kestas Offline

Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12160
Loc: The Motor City
I've run tires to 13, 14, up to 19 years. Some of them looked bad.

I think 10 years is okay for the Northern, cloudy climates. I've heard 6 years is default, and likely meant for the sunny climates. So for most people it is somewhere in-between, depending on where they live and how often the car is garaged.

#4458344 - 07/13/17 02:42 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Superflop]
mightymousetech Offline

Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 1185
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Superflop
At work 10 years. Personal vehicles never make it that long on a set

Exactly the same here. Our shop recommends replacement at 10 years. I am lucky to get 2 years on my own. wink

In Germany, the law states tires can not be more than 10 years, and can not be installed at 7 years.

Edited by mightymousetech (07/13/17 02:43 PM)
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#4458384 - 07/13/17 03:24 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
Nick1994 Offline

Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 9613
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
They say 6 years down in the heat, 10 years up North.

My Jeep tires will be 6 years old in March 2020, it'll get it's next set then.
2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 74k PU 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 227k M1 AFE 0w30 & Wix
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 145k M1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra

#4458393 - 07/13/17 03:36 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
NStuart Offline

Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 278
Loc: Sav ga
I was told 7 by someone that has beem in the industry as long as Iv been alive. He said why risk it , its my family and yours driving beside it. As a truck driver I take your safety serious please consider mine😀
Detroit14l 1m75k mi bp schaffer9k 30k oil
96 ram 5.9 gas 80k built tranny 5k m1
85 cj7 4.2 performance build. Schaeffer 9000
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#4458449 - 07/13/17 04:25 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
Linctex Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 5183
Loc: Waco, TX
We put 60,000 miles on a set of Bridgestones on my wife's car, and the tread was still great! But, I changed them because the sidewalls looked HORRIBLE with cracks after 6 years.

Weird, the Michelins on my truck are over 7 years old and really don't have any sidewall cracking. Amazing.
"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."

#4458531 - 07/13/17 05:31 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
fdcg27 Online   content

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15306
Loc: OH
I in no way claim any special expertise, but ten years might be reasonable.
We typically drive our cars enough that they rarely get beyond four or five years on a set of tires.
Would love to hear Capri's take on this.
17 Forester 6K M1 AFE 0W20
12 Accord LX 78K M1 AFE 0W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i

#4458580 - 07/13/17 06:25 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
555 Offline

Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 345
Loc: New England
Good timing! The tires on the Mustang in my signature are, I'm embarrassed to say, from 2002. They look new and they are not even that hard. I have to deal with replacing them. Glad this topic came up. No cracks anywhere, not even in the sipes, nothing. My advice to anyone else would be to replace them. Going to heed my own advice.
84 XJ6 M1
92 Mustang 5.0 Redline
99 Tahoe 2 door Castrol Edge
99 MX5 Miata Anniversary Edition M1
04 Subaru STi Motul

#4458610 - 07/13/17 06:53 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
zeng Offline

Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 2037
Loc: Malaysia
Continental says : 10 years after production.

#4458693 - 07/13/17 08:14 PM Re: Replacing tires based on age [Re: Chester11]
Chris142 Offline

Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16334
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
6 years max here
02 Wrangler super-s 10w30
87 F250 proline 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 Lucas 10w30
KLR250 Maxima 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40

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