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Old 06-03-2005, 07:32 AM   #1
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Default Does Tire Dry Rot = Danger ?

As I posted before I bought a car w/58,000 that sat in Florida for some time. It is doing well. The tires have much tread but have dry rot on the tread area and one of the side walls. Is this an immediate danger that needs addressing. I can not find any info on the danger of tire dry rot only that it is undesireable. The tires are thweQuadras

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:06 AM   #2
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Change them now if problem can be seen on the tires. See below from www.consumeraffairs.com.

Ford, which has had its share of about tire safety problems, is urging consumers to replace their tires after six years. Tires degrade even when they're not in use, the company says, echoing the claims of safety advocates who have been pressing federal regulators to take action on the issue.

The tire industry disagrees and says that tires are safe as long as the tread depth is a minimum of 1/16th of an inch, no matter what the age, and as long as there are no visible cuts, signs of uneven wear, bulges or excessive cracking. Other trouble signs are if tires create vibration or excessive noise.

SRS Inc., an auto safety research firm, last year petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require easily readable creation dates on car and truck tires.

SRS President Sean Kane said that as of November of 2004, his group has documented 37 fatalities and 35 serious injuries associated with age-related tire tread separations. In many of these cases, the tires were unused spares and showed no signs of degradation.

Aged tires are often unsuspectingly put into service after having served as a spare, being stored in garages or warehouses, or simply used on a vehicle that is infrequently driven. In many instances these tires show no visible sign of deterioration, and absent any visible indicators, tires with adequate tread depth are likely to be put into service regardless of age, SRS said in its petition.

Kane's petition noted that environmental conditions like exposure to sunlight and coastal climates, as well as poor storage and infrequent use accelerate the aging process.

The British Rubber Manufacturers recommends that used tires should not be put into service if they are over six years old and that all tires should be replaced 10 years from their date of their manufacture but the U.S. Rubber Manufacturers Association derides the notion.

"Tires are not milk," Rubber Manufacturers spokesman Daniel Zielinski told the Wall Street Journal. But Zielinski's quip notwithstanding, many European car makers as well as Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. have long warned drivers that tires are perishable and many use six years as the cut-off point.

DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes division also tells drivers that tires last only six years and Chrysler now includes a similar warning in its owners manuals.

General Motors so far is a hold-out. A company spokesman says it hasn't found any research that supports six years as the deadline for replacing tires.

Ford's new position reflects its increased emphasis on tire safety following the disastrous series of rollover accidents afflicting its Ford Explorer SUV and other vehicles. Ford blamed the problem on Firestone tires and is still fighting hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits arising from the series of deadly accidents that led to a massive recall.

The age of a tire already appesrs on the widewall but it's part of a lengthy code that can be hard to decipher. To find the age of your tires, look for the letters DOT on the widewall. That's followed by a 12-character serial number made up of numbers and letters, followed by four digits that identify the week and year the tire was made. For example, 2403 would be the 24th week of 2003.

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:12 AM   #3
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yes, dry rot = danger.

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:37 AM   #4
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Thanks

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Old 06-03-2005, 09:21 AM   #5
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Its not worth the risk. Tires for these cars are pretty inexpensive. I bought some Mastercraft tires for 39- each. They have already run 40,000 and have 2/3 tread left. Pretty cheap insurance.

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Old 06-03-2005, 12:23 PM   #6
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Backing up the replacement time limit theory, my late mother's car ('89 Buick Century, with 34k mi. at the time) still had its original set of good Michelin tires on, with hardly any visible signs of wear. One day we were out driving it and we started to get this thumping sound, with the car kind of shaking (felt through the steering wheel) as if a tire was perhaps almost flat or maybe way out of alignment. I jacked up the front end, rotated each wheel, and on one could see the tread was off center in one area, not straight anymore. I asked her if she had hit any thing large, and she hadn't. We got that tire replaced, thinking it was just a fluke.

About three months later a similar sensation was felt when driving it, and I checked it again and the same physical deformity was evident on another tire. I called Michelin to check it out, and they said then (this was early '04) that we should be replacing tires at six years, and that this was not an abnormal development. So we got the other three replaced with similar tires to the first replacement. I had never heard of this sort of limitation, even though these tires were 15 years old at the time. I suppose if the tires' breakdown had happened while driving 70 mph somewhere that the result could have been catastrophic, so take heed ya'll!

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Old 06-03-2005, 09:50 PM   #7
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C.B.S. gave the same information as Bob. I agree, dump the tires, especially if they are over the 6 years.

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Tires are cheap, your well being isn't.

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Old 06-04-2005, 06:05 PM   #9
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No dobut. Just slapped some new Khumo's (granted the Power Stars, but still) on my SL1 for $220 total. Not bad for a new set of shoes for the Satty.

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Old 11-09-2009, 02:34 PM   #10
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No dobut. Just slapped some new Khumo's (granted the Power Stars, but still) on my SL1 for $220 total. Not bad for a new set of shoes for the Satty.
Wow that's pricey, I paid 200 Cash for my Falkien 512s in 205/45/17, granted I have access to a mounting machine and tire balance rig so I had to do that on my own which is fine with me since I like to make sure my tires are balanced versus having some snot nosed pimple faced wal-mart punk who just watched his training video and just finished his 1 hour of probationary service mount my new rubbers. Oh and the tires were a direct pickup from an ebay auction. I guess I am blessed living in the so-cal lots of the guys selling all kinds of parts for our cars are all around so-cal.

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