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Old 01-31-2016, 02:51 PM   #1
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Should I be worried about this?

I noticed this sidewall crack on one of my steer tires. It extends about 2/3 of the way around the tire. The tire is a Michelin 295/75/22.5. The manufacture date is December 2011. Just over 4 years old. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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I'd be . Take it to a Michelin dealer , as you will most likely get a pro rata price on a new one.


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Old 01-31-2016, 02:59 PM   #3
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Tires are your lifeline, especially the front. Take it is first opportunity and push for the deal of a lifetime. One concern is there may be others out there from the same mfg. lot, or it could be a random thing. Don't chance it.
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:00 PM   #4
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That crack looks bad, it is not ragged like a typical dry rot crack. Looks like a manufactures defect. I would get that looked at by a dealer ASAP.
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:03 PM   #5
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Yup, suggest to get a opinion from a authorized Michelin truck tire dealer.
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I wouldn't drive it like that! Get it to a dealer ASAP!
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My opinion would be to get those Michelins off as quickly as possible and use any other brand. That will cure the infamous Michelin side wall cracking.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:42 PM   #8
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You've all confirmed what I already suspected. What should I expect from Michelin? What should I demand? A new tire? Eight prorated tires? I don't know what is reasonable for a 4 year old tire with less than 20k miles. It's been too cold to examine all 8 tires inside and out. This is the only one with cracks visible on the outboard side. I'll see about finding a dealer in my area. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:47 PM   #9
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You have used 4 out of maybe 7 years usable life. I would not expect a replacement but I would expect a pro rated deal on new.

Bear in mind that most motor home tires age out well before they wear out.

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