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Old 03-23-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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I noticed the outer passenger rear tire has a couple of cracks in the sidewall. Is this something to be concerned with? Should this tire be replaced right away? I did not find any cracks in any other tires. I was told the tires were fairly new when I purchased the motorhome in july of 2013.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:01 PM   #2
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Tires with cracks should be replaced. There is a date code on each tire to confirm their age but regardless of age , it needs replacement.
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...dewall-feature
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Tires with cracks should be replaced. There is a date code on each tire to confirm their age but regardless of age , it needs replacement.
How To: Read a Tire Sidewall - Feature - Car and Driver
And ASAP as well!! Just a blow out waiting to happen if there cracked bad!
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Depends on the age of the tire and depth of crack. First thing is to check the date code on all tires to know their age. If too old, then replacement time anyway. If not old and depending on the depth of the crack it may be replacement time. This should be a evaluated by a qualified tire dealer.
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You do NOT want to experience a blow out.

In the front it could mean your life.

In the rear it could mean your bank account.

the damage can be unbelievably harsh.
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Call the manufacture and get the correct answer based on your tires. I had 2 Michelin reps come to look at my fleets tires. I had many questions for tire safety and durability. He said their tires will get some cracks on the side wall and there is a specific measurement that is acceptable. He also told me that you do not have to replace a tire due to an old date code. But based on the side walls condition. They retread tires that are 10-12 years old with good sidewall structure.
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What everyone else said. If the tires are withing 7 years of age and are cracking take them to a dealer of the tire brand and have them inspected. Ask if there is any warranty on cracking. If over 7 years old might as well replace them all if they are starting to crack.

Being told they are fairly new needs to be verified by the date code on the tires.
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Great advice on date code. Regardless of date, tires can fail. If your tires get high doses of direct sunlight, the sidewalls can deteriorate more quickly. If they have ever been run with improper inflation they could also be damaged and more prone to fail. Get them checked immediately. Blowout at highway speed is very dangerous and can cause lots of damage to coach. Check also for cracking within the tread, especially at the outside edges. This can be a sign of potential tread seperation.
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