a ' friend ' sent me this one.... it's a 20/20 special developed by ABC
'tire stores' are selling aged tires as 'brand new'. 'Aged' according to ABC
news and the ' activists' are tires over 6 years old. Like most other 20/20
'pseudo' documentaries... there is a complete lack of information from qualified
experts... in this case tire engineers.
So, an obvious question based upon their (agenda), is, if tires have a
shelf life of 6 years... then I would logically expect that during an annual
safety inspection...any tire older than 2002 would have to be rejected by
the inspection station as being 'unsafe' due to age.
I guess I'm looking for 'knowledgeable' opinions about whether tires actually
do have a shelf life, or storage life (when stored correctly) and whether tires
on cars should be replaced after a certain 'time' rather than 'mileage'.
How much of this story...in your opinion, is typical 20/20 alarmist B.S. and
how much of it is factual.
I can say from experience that even if a car isn't driven much, the tires do
deteriorate over time. My Grandparent's Chevy Lumina had to have the tires
replaced at around 50,000 (or so) KM's (this was the second set on the car,
as far as I know). They started to dry out and crack, due to non use.
I can say I learned the hard way that tires will deteriorate over
time. Bought a 1998 Pontiac Trans Am a year ago with only 12003 miles
showing on the odometer. The tires looked good on both the front and
back, although it was obvious the front tires were new. They had more
tread, although the rears still had at least 50 per cent thread left.
The main difference was that the front tires were a lot softer, than
the rears. It was pretty obvious the back tires were dry-rotting, and
I found out the hard way. A couple of months ago, with the rear tires
now having maybe 16000 miles on them, the sidewall on the passenger
side just exploded. Luckily, I didn't wreck, and there was damage done
to my car. But the blowout happened about 20 miles from home, and I
had to walk about a mile to get a signal on my cellphone to get help.
| Greetings all....
| a ' friend ' sent me this one.... it's a 20/20 special developed by
ABC about how
| 'tire stores' are selling aged tires as 'brand new'. 'Aged'
according to ABC
| news and the ' activists' are tires over 6 years old. Like most
| 'pseudo' documentaries... there is a complete lack of information
| experts... in this case tire engineers.
| So, an obvious question based upon their (agenda), is, if tires
| shelf life of 6 years... then I would logically expect that during an
| safety inspection...any tire older than 2002 would have to be
| the inspection station as being 'unsafe' due to age.
| I guess I'm looking for 'knowledgeable' opinions about whether tires
| do have a shelf life, or storage life (when stored correctly) and
| on cars should be replaced after a certain 'time' rather than
| How much of this story...in your opinion, is typical 20/20 alarmist
| how much of it is factual.
When I asked a guy at a local foreign car salvage yard how come he had
so many low mileage Japanese engines, he told me that all rubber must be
replaced on cars in Japan after 7 years. Not just the tires, all
gaskets, bushing, etc. So, they are salvaged out instead. Is it true?
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All rubber eventually dries out and cracks. Usually it's the thread or
cord in the tire that keeps it together. Once that thread or cord
starts to rot the tire will bust under load. But now that most people
abuse their tires by taking corners too fast or speeding, there's
bound to be more tire failures. I've run tires twelve years in the
city and had to change them because something let go inside and they
started to wobble. Daily use of a car will allow for longer life. The
best thing to do is not put regular air in them. Nitrogen is best
because it doesn't include oxygen. Oxygen is what makes rubber
deteriorate. They found this out in the mining industry where those
giant machines had several bad tire blow outs due to using regular
air. There are some skeptics on Nitrogen fill ups, but you can now get
it at many dealerships.
Sounds like a great sales gimmock for tire manufactures. I would not keep
tires on my car that are dry rotted or dangerous (Like the Firestone tires
that kept blowing out on the suv's) But to buy new tires every six years, I
think there may be something wrong in the manufactruing of the tires, Did
they come from CHINA?
the problem is: you can't see if the tire is coming apart inside.
Often you'll think
the wheel needs balancing. But tires can and do come apart inside the
then disintegrate on the highway. I've never had it happen to me.
billions of tires in use, all the discussion is about an incredible
small amount of
failures. You can't get 100% perfection in anything.
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