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How 'old' shold tyres be?

aidank1981 Aug 17, 2011

  1. aidank1981

    aidank1981 Member

    Hello all!
    My current set of shoes have been on for 4 years... Haven't really done many miles, loads of tread left but do tyres deteriorate with age? Surely wear isn't the only factor?
    I've had one tyre blow out years ago and I dont want a repeat if I can help it!
    Am I just paranoid? Track day ta scrub them off?
  2. beanoir

    beanoir Large Member

    Yes, tyres do deteriorate with age, although 4 years should be fine if you use it regularly. All tyres are dated with a week and year of manufacture, denoted by a 4 figure number on the tyre wall. So 0111 would be 1st week of 2011.

    6 years is about what most would use as a benchmark age to start looking at replacing them, and something to know is that you're more likely to prolong the life of your tyre if you use the car regularly. A sign of a tyre suffering from age is cracking/crazing around the tyre wall.
  3. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    6 years seems to be the industry recommendation, and ime most tyres start to show signs of age related degeneration by 6 years old (ie cracking in the rubber)
  4. Oranoco

    Oranoco Well-Known Member

    Don't think I've ever had a tyre make it to 2 years old. Too many track days and too much spirited driving means I'm well known at my local tyre place. lol

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