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

Posted on September 9, 2013

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

Comments ( 5 )
  • Tsunami

     | about 3 years ago

    Reduce the pressure from the classic cars and lift off the ground with jack stands. You wont cause any flat spots and your cars will be ready for the next time they see the road. Jeff can you back up your YELLING with facts. It doesn't make me stingy or cheap to not buy a tire that's not need. If age was an issue, and I'm not talking about heat or weather issues then where is the data to back it up?

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