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Old August 24th, 2012, 01:05 PM
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Tires - How old should we let them get

I never thought of this before because I mostly wear the tread off of my car tires doing the normal 10K miles a year. So, every 3-5 years (or maybe a little longer if lucky) I replace my tires due to lack of tread.

BUT... on our old weekend trucks, the tire tread could last a brazzillion years since some of these trucks only travel 3k-5k a year. So, when should a tire be replaced - just becasue it is old.

I know that you can inspect it a see dry rot and cracks - time to replace. But is it that simple? Is there an industry standard for tire age?
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A lot of info on the net. Here's one start: http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/how-...our-tires.html
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And here
http://www.btmauk.com/data/files/Rep..._June_2011.pdf
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My rule is 10-12 years, but really it is condition if they start to crack and look dryrotted. 10 years in a garage not on a car is a lot different that 10 years outside on a truck without protection.
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My rule is 10-12 years, but really it is condition if they start to crack and look dryrotted. 10 years in a garage not on a car is a lot different that 10 years outside on a truck without protection.
I agree. I usually go with 10 years or until hey show signs of cracking. Be sure to inspect the inside near the rim as cracks will often not appear on the outward facing side. I had a set of BFG A/T's that lasted 11 years before the first crack appeared. The truck was stored outside (California) and the tires were still flexible and without cracks until the 10 year mark!

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If there is visible cracking in the tread or sidewall the tires should probably be replaced. It is not necessarily that the tires are unsafe but the fact that they possibly will not hold air as well and may have some degradation of the rubber compound. If the truck sits on concrete for long periods you will extend the life of the tires by driving onto wood blocks. (2 X 8 material, non-pressure treated) The concrete will leach the moisture out of the rubber over time.
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Dave if you are wondering if those old ATs have any life in them I'd say run 'em. They have tubes.
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