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Old 05-25-2011, 08:52 PM   #29
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I e mailed Michelin and ask when a tire should be replaced because of age. They e mailed me back and said 10 years or before with cracking problems...see chart. I don't know where all this 5,6 and 7 year stuff comes from.

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I have driven on Michelins, Toyos & Goodyears for many years. In my humble opinion, Michelins give the best ride of any of them. The only blowout I have ever had was on a tire that was almost 15 years old and was cracked everywhere. I put the 15 year old spare on and drove the rest of the trip of more than 1000 miles.

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I e mailed Michelin and ask when a tire should be replaced because of age. They e mailed me back and said 10 years or before with cracking problems...see chart. I don't know where all this 5,6 and 7 year stuff comes from.
I agree, age should be the point in time that sets the thought process in motion on when tires are really needed, not the sole criteria to change them. After all, if you don't abuse your tires and properly take care of them why shouldn't you cash in on a longer tire life. And your the only one who knows how you use your tires.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:52 AM   #32
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Get a second opinion on the wheels.

10 year old tires used frequently would probably be marginal in tread even if the carcass is solid. (Michelin says up to 10 years and probably has a built a buffer zone into that public statement.)

10 year old tires used seldom probably are a greater risk for a blow out.

At least change out your Steer tires for the upcoming trip.

Get a competitive quote. Most all the tire brands are satisfactory. Most discussions on quality are of the Chevy/Ford debate basis.

Toyo tires worked for me for 6 years.
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Another factor is heat cycling. If you tend to run over 65 or run low pressure the tires can run hot and that greatly reduces the life.

I work in trucking and I can spot the trucks that have been pushed hard. The tires get a glazed look on them. Hard to explain but the tread will be a little shinny and slick looking. Those tires have been hot too many times. It is especially hard on recaps.

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