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The old tire debate..... #5407065 04/18/20 03:01 PM
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My tires have me debating whether I should replace, or wait a little longer....

My little Chevy is running some General Altimax RTs (pre 43s) and the tires have a little less than 6k on them. Their born on date is 4/13, so they have just turned 7 years old. The car has always been garaged, and stored for a few years as well. A recent drive seems to show the handle and ride like new.....

So I am wondering if I should just stick with the 6 year rule and replace them anyways, or give them another year or two of use?

P.S- price is not really an issue (14s) but using them up as much as I can.....


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Re: The old tire debate..... [Re: daves87rs] #5407069 04/18/20 03:04 PM
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They're probably fine. The range is typically 6-10 years. You're in a cold climate so maybe you're good for closer to the 10 year range.

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Garaged? Do you see any visual cracking? I would think they're fine. Now if they were sitting in the sun here, that would be a different story.


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Re: The old tire debate..... [Re: daves87rs] #5407075 04/18/20 03:08 PM
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Typically sun/uv damage is a catalyst for the 7 year rule. are they weather checked or show any signs of cracking?

If not Id hang onto them.

If you are concerned safe swap out the fronts and use up the backs.


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I'd wait until 10 years old or they show signs of cracking/dry rot.


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Re: The old tire debate..... [Re: dishdude] #5407091 04/18/20 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by dishdude
Garaged? Do you see any visual cracking? I would think they're fine. Now if they were sitting in the sun here, that would be a different story.


Nope, no cracks at all. They look pretty good for 7 years old....


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Keep going on them.

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Tires don't seem to age here. I have winters from 2005 that are fine. Garaged in Michigan should be fine for 10 years at least.


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If they still perform fine in the wet then you should be ok to continue using them. I have seen tires between 6-10 years that look fine but perform terribly in wet weather.


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Originally Posted by The Critic
If they still perform fine in the wet then you should be ok to continue using them. I have seen tires between 6-10 years that look fine but perform terribly in wet weather.


Iva had brand new tires that were terrible in the wet.

Wouldn't distance to the wear bars and age be a better guide?



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It's usually evident if the tires need replacing by visible cracks-- these are often most noticeable on the shoulder where the tread meets the sidewall.

I've had tires last 10 years with no cracking, yet I've replaced some that were only 4 years. Depends on the climate, exposure (garaged or not), and a host of other variables. No sense using an arbitrary number of years for replacing, just let the condition of the tire be the judge.


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If they still perform fine in the wet then you should be ok to continue using them. I have seen tires between 6-10 years that look fine but perform terribly in wet weather.


Iva had brand new tires that were terrible in the wet.

Wouldn't distance to the wear bars and age be a better guide?



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True, but I have observed a significant reduction in wet traction on older tires due to the rubber hardening.


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Originally Posted by tcp71
Tires don't seem to age here. I have winters from 2005 that are fine. Garaged in Michigan should be fine for 10 years at least.



That's because their isn't any sun up there. If there is you're a little bit farther away than most of us.


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Take into consideration what is the fastest you drive on them? Are they ever heavily loaded like filling the vehicle with gear and people and towing something? Or do they have an easy life like having the vehicle always lightly loaded and lower speed roads? The way the tires are used does matter. Tires that are old should not be taxed with heavy loads and or high speeds.


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My daughters Horse trailer tires started getting side wall tires at ten years. The tires do get harder.


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