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    Stage 2 Banner Advertiser Four Rings Doc@tirerack's Avatar
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    How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

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    Not too long ago, the tv "show" 20/20 did a piece on replacement tires, and how some shops have installed tires that are approaching ten years of age (from date of manufacture) without discussing the issue with the customer.

    We have received hundreds of emails and many more phone calls regarding the issue, including many customers "demanding" the tires they receive from us be less than 12 months old in extreme cases. Below is our take on the issue, perhaps it may help those that are concerned .

    (more to the point)
    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=183

    (background info)
    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=138
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    Veteran Member Four Rings pondside36's Avatar
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    Re: How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

    Good information, thanks.
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    Re: How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

    Nice Doc - I just learned about the 4 digit code from a friend. Any reason why 3 matching and 1 not (4 months older) is of any concern? They are all from 08.

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    Re: How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

    I would not be concerned with tires from differnent batches like yours, so long as they are in the same 12 months of production (sometimes manufacturers will "tinker" with a tire over time, so we'd like to have the tires be pretty close in age across the set to avoid any potential issues)
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    Senior Member Two Rings CRAIG1MACK's Avatar
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    Re: How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

    cool, thanks.

    looks like i'll be replacing my motorcycle tires. 14 yrs, but only 6k miles. I wrecked from the front skidding out (didn't seem warrented) and thought the tires could be the culprit.

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    Re: How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

    I work at a tire store, And we are not allowed to Air up or work on any tire
    over 9 years of age. And anything over 6 is with extreme caution.

    Customers sometimes don't understand the rubber will only last so long even if you
    don't have many miles on them. We've even had a customer recently tell us "You full of ****, Making it up."
    lol.

    Not sure if I saw it in there, Didn't really read much.
    But what happens over time is the rubber breaks down, and air "seeps" through the rubber and layers of steel.
    Causing Separation of the tire/layers. Never drive on these tires.


    Good article to read up on....
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    Re: How old can a tire be and still be safe ?

    most tires actually have oils in the rubber that get released to maintain the tire as it heat cycles so if the tires are not driven on they are often in worse shape than if they are driven regularly

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    Cool How old can a tire be and still be safe

    good topic,learned a lot from this information.

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    Hi,

    Nice post! I've done researching about the age of a common tire. yes! it's true a typical tire i think it's about 12 months of production and i believe it's still safe to use that car parts. Anyways, nice post!, it gives me an idea when am i going to replace my tire since my car that i bought is almost 20 years old and so far it is good although my tire needs to be replaced again since this is my fourth time to replace my tire LOL!. Nice post again!

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    If the car tire is still in good condition, I think that would be a good reason to sell it. But if you overused the tire I don't think anyone would buy that. No one would buy that. Plus, consider the price you'd be giving to the buyers.

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    I just realized my other set of wheels with Blizzak ws-15 have 15th week of 1997 manufacture date. These came with the car when I got it in 2006. Don't know when they were mounted. Even though they've only been used maybe 4 days out of the year past 4 years, I suppose it's safe to say they're not safe to run on anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpaw10 View Post
    I just realized my other set of wheels with Blizzak ws-15 have 15th week of 1997 manufacture date. These came with the car when I got it in 2006. Don't know when they were mounted. Even though they've only been used maybe 4 days out of the year past 4 years, I suppose it's safe to say they're not safe to run on anymore.
    You'll just have to inspect the tires frequently (maybe every other month) to check for cracks in the sidewall or inbetween threads that will indicate a problem. Since most snow tires aren't in use but for a few months out of the year, its not as big of a danger as older tires used for "daily" use with many more miles travelled each year.
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