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Old 12-18-2010, 10:25 AM
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The Michelins on my Ford Explorer went on in 2001, I think, after the Firestone recall. They look like new with no tread wear visible. I only put about 5 or 6,000 miles a year on the truck, and I'm wondering about them getting brittle or rotten. Any tire experts out there to provide advice?
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:31 AM
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They will dry rot.

Are they exposed to sunlight? UV deteoriates them also.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:40 AM
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If there are no cracks in the sidewalls or in between the treads you're OK. Look closely. No need to get hurt over something so silly as a set of tires.
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I figure about 7 years is the longest I feel comfortable pushing the time limit. Look at the sidewalls on the side that stays under the car when looking for cracks as well.
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Deja vu

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I can't remember the last time I had a flat. But I wonder about the tires on My Ranger - Michelins, with about 35,000 miles and circa 2001 -- Tread is fine, but how long do tires last even if the tread is fine? Is dry rot an issue these days?
I've got 72,000 on the original Goodyear's on my 2001 Grand Cherokee and a couple of them won't hold air for more than a few weeks, must be corrosion at the bead. Because of their age I'm not taking any long trips until they're replaced. UV exposure is the biggy

According to TR you're at the edge of the envelope. Also check the actual date on the tires, they might be older.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...sp?techid=138&

Our experience has been that when properly stored and cared for, most street tires have a useful life in service of between six to ten years.
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the tires on my explorer went and I put on a set of michelin tires got about 10 thousand miles in a year and they started to crack around the rim, I then put on at the advise of the tire store a set of yokohama tires 4 years or 65,000 miles and after 2 years and 18 thousand miles they have cracks along the rim also but not as bad as the michelin. the tire store said the tires look beautiful as far as wear and still had lots of life except for the small cracks.
I now at their advice have put on a set of cooper tires and am getting back a refund from yokohama I hope. this vehicle is in west palm beach fl and is in a garage when not in use, so who knows how these will hold up;?
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Thanks for all the info. Looks like I'll be putting new rubber on the 4X4 1999 Ranger next year. I just put $2200 in it (Ford quality strikes again) but the total mileage is only 48,000, so a new set of tires looks about due. I'll only be driving local until next Spring, anyway.
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My long experience has been that most Michelin tires will last at least as long as they are rated for if you take care of them and sometimes longer. When Michelin says that one of their expensive passenger sedan models is an 80,000 mile tire, they aren't joking!!! As for other brands, it can be a crapshoot. You couldn't pay me to put Continentals on any vehicle.
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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
The Michelins on my Ford Explorer went on in 2001, I think, after the Firestone recall. They look like new with no tread wear visible. I only put about 5 or 6,000 miles a year on the truck, and I'm wondering about them getting brittle or rotten. Any tire experts out there to provide advice?
You have 9 year old tires with 50,000 miles on them and you think they look brand new?

You might consider starting a my vision ain't so good anymore/ what eye glasses are best thread.....
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Anything as important as tires need to be changed when "there's a question" if they should be changed or not.
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Originally Posted by gort View Post
You have 9 year old tires with 50,000 miles on them and you think they look brand new?

You might consider starting a my vision ain't so good anymore/ what eye glasses are best thread.....
No, I have 9 year old tires with 40K miles on them. I have an 11 year old vehicle with 48K miles total. Plus, the Ranger just got a thorough inspection from a good mechanic, and he also said the tires were fine. You want me to take a few photos? I see real good these days, since the cataracts were removed and I got lens implants and only wear glasses at night to prevent glare. You wish YOU could see as good as me.
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Nothing wrong with the old mans eyes. I put over 85k on my last michelen M&S tires. I can't get anywhere near that with GY Wranglers. I was talking about it with my brother in law recently who had the same experience.
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I thought you said you had a Ford?

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My mom passed 1.5 years ago and left me her '97 Lincoln Signature Series Town Car w/ 46,000 miles setting on the original Michelin tires.
I took them off last month w/ 71,000 on the clock and there was no sign of air rot or cracking with enough tread left to take them to 100,000! Not bad for 13+ year old rubber.
But the ride was history and they hydroplaned horribly in standing water.
Now she rides good as new with a set of Michelin Hydro Edge tires, which are rated for 80,000 miles.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
I thought you said you had a Ford?

"cataract" = groan, but good pun.
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I figure about 7 years is the longest I feel comfortable pushing the time limit. Look at the sidewalls on the side that stays under the car when looking for cracks as well.
Thats about right.
Bought the 3500 dodge in 03 and had to change tires this past year. Started seeing cracks and ours is under cover and out of sun light but lot of weight on it with the camper .


All tires have a tread wear number on the sidewall. . The higher then number the longer the tire is going to last or wear but this has nothing to do with if it drys out and cracks dew to age.
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On where you live, drive, keep the car(garage, miles you drive etc. Having said that time frame for tires is about 7-10 years at the most. Some tire also do better than others, My Michelin had major cracks in about 4 years and 60K, My wife's Corvette Goodyer Run flats, lasted 8 years and 20K but it is her baby and is always maintained and kept in garage, LOL it is a 98 with only 25K on it.
Look at your trailer tires, many have cracks after 1-2 years.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:40 AM
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When the rubber compounds 'dryout', it hardens and contracts. By the time you actually see cracks, the rubber compound has lost most of its elasticity and strength. When you see cracks in a tire, throw the damn thing away! It is crumbling before your eyes.
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I was told michelin tires were the best, but not my experience so far as I mentioned earlier. I was also told not to put any thing on the tire except soap and water because it takes the natural elements out of the rubber by several tire companys. I thought that the tire foam and armor all kept them from drying out I have been told the opposite;?
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typically 6-7 years. sans dry rot or tread wear the rubber begins to get hard after that period of time.
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