Car owners often ask themselves how old is too old for tires. The industry experts generally recommend changing tires after 6 years in use or 10 years from manufacturing. Tire longevity depends upon several factors such as driving preferences; tire type, vehicle type, and much more, your experience can be much different.
Here are the top signs that your need a new set for your dream machine.
RUNNING OR IDLE
You may think that a less used tire will live longer because most people see tire longevity as a function of miles driven. But you are in for a surprise. Rubber needs to be exercised to remain in top condition. Letting tires sitidle for long periods of time and then putting them into full service can result in flatspotting and cracking. This is especially true for tires that stay mounted on a vehicle (without running) with the vehicle weight on them.If your spare is in the trunk, it’s as if it is lying in an oven. Don’t mistake it for a new tire.
THE SIX YEAR ITCH
Once you go past either the six years in use or 10 years from build time frame, it is advisable thatyou have the tires inspected by a professional to insure they are still safe.The best would be to get this inspection done at once a year.
ARE YOU COUNTING RIGHT
A very broad estimate of longevity would be approximately 50,000 miles per set of new tires. But that can vary tremendously. If you neglect maintenance, the wheels will wear down faster. Tires that are under or overinflated won’t work properly decreasing their lifespan. Out of alignment wheels will give tires a shorter lifespan. You can check the production date of your tire very easily to see how old it is.
Driving preferences can have a bigimpact on the longevity of your tires. Do you own a sports car fitted with lightweight performance tires? If yes, your tires will grip the road well. You can almost fly down the road with full acceleration. But you have to pay a price for that grip and speed. Tires will wear out faster than another low-speed driver.