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Are your tires too old? While there is no official expiration date, there are a few things to consider when determining the condition of your tires and their need of replacement. Click here for tips to see if your tires are ready to be replaced!

Here is what to consider when determining the condition of your tires and their need of replacement

How old is too old? When it comes to tires, the expiration date can be harder to pinpoint that you might think. Tires will age whether they are driven or not. You might even be surprised to learn that tires that aren’t driven on tend to age faster than ones that are driven on frequently. However, when properly cared for, some tires can last from about six to ten years. Here are a few ways to tell if your tires are getting too old.

Storage

Many people store their tires in their garage when not in use. Garages encounter a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels. Excessive heat, freezing temperatures, and extreme humidity fluctuation may all speed up the aging process of your tires. How you stack them can dramatically effect aging as well. Tire professionals usually recommend that you store the tires vertically when possible and to keep them “white to white” and “black to black,” since the white and black rubbers are manufactured differently.

Temperature

Tread separations tends to occur at a more rapid pace in areas with warmer climates. Sunlight and hot weather degrade the tire faster due to damage from UV rays and oxygen. If you live in an area prone to hot weather, you may want to include this information when considering the age of your tires.

Usage

Have your tires been properly maintained over the years? How you care for your tires will have a direct effect on the rate your tires age. Regular tire rotations, keeping correct air pressure, and routine tire maintenance can help to ensure a longer tire life.

Wear and Tear

Check your tires for visible flaws. As the tire ages, you’ll soon be able to see wear and tear over time. Look beyond the depth of your tire tread. Can you see cord or fabric showing through the rubber? Are there obvious cracks, splits, or bumps? Check for punctures or other signs of damage that cannot be repaired.

Actual Age

If you don’t know the actual age of your tire, you can find it by locating the four-digit DOT code. The DOT code is usually found on the outer side of the tire. The last four digits of the DOT code tell you the week and year of manufacture. If you can’t locate the DOT code or if your tires are more than 17 years old, check in with a tire professional for additional help. While you can’t stop the aging process, you can prolong it with the proper care and maintenance for your tires. Give us a call today and we can help!

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