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Old 06 Mar 2009, 02:51 pm
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I've had my winter tires since 2004. Although I only have about
17,000km (10,000 miles) on them and the thread still looks pretty
good, this is my 5th winter with these tires and I'm wondering if I
should get a new set for next winter. Basically, do tires dry out over
time and become less efficient? I keep them in my garage over the
summer, not near any electrical motors, etc.

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Old 06 Mar 2009, 04:32 pm
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Venture Rider <dontbother@bogus.dom> wrote in news:002db536$0$3130$c3e8da3
@news.astraweb.com:

> I've had my winter tires since 2004. Although I only have about
> 17,000km (10,000 miles) on them and the thread still looks pretty
> good, this is my 5th winter with these tires and I'm wondering if I
> should get a new set for next winter. Basically, do tires dry out over
> time and become less efficient? I keep them in my garage over the
> summer, not near any electrical motors, etc.
>




They're fine. Don't worry about them.

Tires do dry out over time, but 5 years is still OK. If it were me, I might
replace them in maybe three years or so. And by then the tread may be down
to the point where you'd be replacing them anyway.


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Old 07 Mar 2009, 06:36 am
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Default Re: Tire Question

tires can fail due to rubber flex agents outgassing, and drying the tire.
production dates while well hidden are printed on most tires, it is cryptic,
but it is a series of numbers....located usually on the inside, the last 4
are the production period 0202 would mean 2nd week of 02. Tires are not
supposed to be sold after 6 years due to rubber compound changes (dry rot).
Most tires are sold years after production...especially from bargain low
volume outlets...they should always be replaced approximately 6 years from
production.
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"Venture Rider" <dontbother@bogus.dom> wrote in message
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> I've had my winter tires since 2004. Although I only have about
> 17,000km (10,000 miles) on them and the thread still looks pretty
> good, this is my 5th winter with these tires and I'm wondering if I
> should get a new set for next winter. Basically, do tires dry out over
> time and become less efficient? I keep them in my garage over the
> summer, not near any electrical motors, etc.
>
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> "What, me worry?" - Alfred E. Neuman



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Old 07 Mar 2009, 04:05 pm
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On Fri, 6 Mar 2009 22:32:43 +0000 (UTC), Tegger said:

>Tires do dry out over time, but 5 years is still OK. If it were me, I might
>replace them in maybe three years or so. And by then the tread may be down
>to the point where you'd be replacing them anyway.


Thanks.

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Old 14 Mar 2009, 01:25 am
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On Mar 6, 6:32*pm, Tegger <inva...@invalid.inv> wrote:
> Venture Rider <dontbot...@bogus.dom> wrote in news:002db536$0$3130$c3e8da3
> @news.astraweb.com:
>
> > I've had my winter tires since 2004. Although I only have about
> > 17,000km (10,000 miles) on them and the thread still looks pretty
> > good, this is my 5th winter with these tires and I'm wondering if I
> > should get a new set for next winter. Basically, do tires dry out over
> > time and become less efficient? I keep them in my garage over the
> > summer, not near any electrical motors, etc.

>
> They're fine. Don't worry about them.
>
> Tires do dry out over time, but 5 years is still OK.


This time I disagree with Tegger. 5 years is close to max and may be
too long. Oxidation and aging takes a toll.

Besides, a winter tire needs at least 6/32 tread depth to work in
snow. That's 3X the minimum tread depth of standard tires. Be a sport,
spend $2 and measure tread depth with a proper guage and let us know.
I'll bet after 10K miles you are pretty close to 6/32.
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Old 21 Mar 2009, 02:28 pm
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On Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:25:14 -0700 (PDT), ACAR said:

>On Mar 6, 6:32*pm, Tegger <inva...@invalid.inv> wrote:
>> Venture Rider <dontbot...@bogus.dom> wrote in news:002db536$0$3130$c3e8da3
>> @news.astraweb.com:
>>
>> > I've had my winter tires since 2004. Although I only have about
>> > 17,000km (10,000 miles) on them and the thread still looks pretty
>> > good, this is my 5th winter with these tires and I'm wondering if I
>> > should get a new set for next winter. Basically, do tires dry out over
>> > time and become less efficient? I keep them in my garage over the
>> > summer, not near any electrical motors, etc.

>>
>> They're fine. Don't worry about them.
>>
>> Tires do dry out over time, but 5 years is still OK.

>
>This time I disagree with Tegger. 5 years is close to max and may be
>too long. Oxidation and aging takes a toll.
>
>Besides, a winter tire needs at least 6/32 tread depth to work in
>snow. That's 3X the minimum tread depth of standard tires. Be a sport,
>spend $2 and measure tread depth with a proper guage and let us know.
>I'll bet after 10K miles you are pretty close to 6/32.


I have 7/32 of an inch left, 2/32 before I hit the markers.

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