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How old are our tires?


kiwiaudio

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Interesting story. It was well-done overall, but they should have reminded us to keep our tires properly inflated. Americans don't check tire pressures very often. I wonder if underinflation might have played a role in the failure of some of the tires in the story (how would you know? - the tire is destroyed). Nevertheless, compared to a freshly-minted one, I suspect that a geriatric tire is more prone to fail from the heat buildup that occurs when underinflated.

 

I always check the manufacturing date on my tires. I have found that if I buy car tires from major suppliers like the Tire Rack, I tend to get fresher ones than I do from the local stores.

 

Thanks for the link.

 

Jay

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Just curious how much effect keeping tires out of sunlight affects their aging. I.E. if a vehicle is always garaged vs. parked in the sun, and also cars in the sun in Phoenix vs. Portland, OR with the related temperature differences.

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You are right on with the tire pressure angle Jay. Americans are notorious for ignoring this. There are a few flaws/observations I've noticed after veiwing it a few times.

The video in fact had a lot of footage from the recent Firestone/Ford story. Look again and you'll see an abundance of Ford Explorers. Also the tread lying on the freeway is a Bandag cold process retread off a Semi! They come off all the time.

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CoarsegoldKid
Just curious how much effect keeping tires out of sunlight affects their aging. I.E. if a vehicle is always garaged vs. parked in the sun, and also cars in the sun in Phoenix vs. Portland, OR with the related temperature differences.

 

I'm sure it makes a difference when the tire is dried out by the sun.

 

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