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September 09, 2013

Tire aging: Are 12-year-old tires too old?

The tire aging issue has yet to be settled. Should there be a time stamp on the tires? Should they be replaced every six years? 10 years?

That is the dilemma faced by Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich, whose wife purchased a 2001 Pontiac Firebird -- with the original tires still on it.

The tires appear in good shape and have plenty of tread left (the car has only been driven 32,000 miles). Does the car need new tires?

Ulrich talks about the pros and cons in his latest blog, "Tire aging issue hits home: Should I replace 12-year-old tires?" And there's a cameo by our industry's "favorite" trial lawyer, Sean Kane!

Read the blog, then let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Related Topics: B.O.B., Sean Kane, Tire aging

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  1. Alpio | September 09, 2013 at 11:26AM
    I have a 1966 Corvette with 10 year old tires and the car has been in the garage since it was completely restore as well as a 1956 Bel Air with rear BFG tires that are no longer available and they are 15 years old.. As long as the tires are NOT cracked and have been kept inside I believe they are fine... if this was a motor home it would be different..

  2. Eric | September 13, 2013 at 11:30AM
    ? Why would a motor home be different? (Unless it was left outside with direct sun exposure and it had cracked sidewalls?)

    On the other hand... 12 years old, PLUS 32,000 miles is a No-brainer.. 'Change those tires'& maybe save a life.

    I'm guessing that the 66 Corvette & the 56 Bel Air might have little or no miles. Also, many 'garaged motor homes' will also have very low miles.. after many years..

  3. Eric | September 13, 2013 at 11:31AM
    ? Why would a motor home be different? (Unless it was left outside with direct sun exposure and it had cracked sidewalls?)

    On the other hand... 12 years old, PLUS 32,000 miles is a No-brainer.. 'Change those tires'& maybe save a life.

    I'm guessing that the 66 Corvette & the 56 Bel Air might have little or no miles. Also, many 'garaged motor homes' will also have very low miles.. after many years..

  4. JEFF | September 14, 2013 at 08:12AM
    YOU GUYS ARE SOME THING ELSE. YOU SPEND ALL THAT MONEY RESTORING A CAR OR FIXING IT UP AND THEN YOUR WORRIED ABOUT A FEW HUNDRED BUCKS ON TIRES ARE YOU KIDDING ME. TO BOB WHAT IS YOUR WIFES LIFE WORTH? I CANT BELEIVE THIS IS EVEN A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION! PUT THE TIRES ON THE CAR THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE WHY TAKE A CHANCE. MY FREIND IS AN AVID MOTORCYCLE RIDER, HE ALWAYS SAYS IF YOU HAVE A $50.00 HEAD BUY A $50.00 HELMET. I GUESS THE SAME COULD APPLY TO TIRES.

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