Cracked tyres

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rallycross

11,291 posts

207 months

Thursday 27th June 2019
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The sad thing is these will pass an MOT in most places.
Tell the seller you want them replaced.

I've just replaced a set of 4 tyres on a car that passed its MOT a few months ago, to me they were clearly needing replaced.

Checked the date code, these tyres were over 15 yrs old.
Replaced with a set of good used premium brand tyres, date code 2018 for £120, with no puncture repairs and even wear across the tread.

Sa Calobra

31,988 posts

181 months

Friday 28th June 2019
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piffy said:
Thread ressurection.

I noticed the mrs car has a cracking on one tyre, is this a cause for concern?



Funnily enough I had Avons with 5mm+ tread that looked exactly like that. I binned them.

iGOp

1 posts

18 months

Thursday 9th April 2020
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Hi,
how about this cracking on my car's tyre? all around the circumference of the tyre..no ply or cords exposed, is it MOT failure or depends on the tester?:-)

Sa Calobra

31,988 posts

181 months

Thursday 9th April 2020
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Forget any MOT would you want that tyre to fail at motorway speed?

If it's failing there where else is it weakened.

Never cut corners with tyres or brakes.

stevemcs

5,959 posts

63 months

Thursday 9th April 2020
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If the cords cannot be seen then from an MOT point of view they are a pass.

A1VDY

3,575 posts

97 months

Thursday 9th April 2020
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stevemcs said:
If the cords cannot be seen then from an MOT point of view they are a pass.
Youred probably see the cords if you stuck a screwdriver in that crack though.
Sticking things in cracks has been a life long hobby..

Squishey

466 posts

98 months

Thursday 9th April 2020
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A1VDY said:
Youred probably see the cords if you stuck a screwdriver in that crack though.
Sticking things in cracks has been a life long hobby..
hehe

I wouldn't want my loved ones in or anywhere near a vehicle with tyres like that. Get them changed ASAP.

Chrismawa

391 posts

70 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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My Mother has just purchased a 2014 car with super low mileage. It still has the original tyres on with decent amounts of tread but cracks on the edge of the tyre. Would these be ok to run and get some wear out of them? Or best get changed asap? Thanks.


stickleback123

8,235 posts

159 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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Wait until the next time it rains, take it out for a drive, stand on the brakes and see how they do. Maybe chuck it round an empty roundabout like a teenager too. They may be fine, it may be like driving a bar of soap in the rain!

Cracks like that don't mean the tyre is going to explode or it's significantly weakened but they do suggest the compound may have gone hard which will compromise grip.

Who me ?

7,325 posts

182 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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It's horses for courses. Drive a few thousand miles a year like miss Daisy or buy slightly dearer tyres . So do you put on mid range with grip, but little life or go for decent tyres that last, but crack. I'd sooner go for the cheaper option and adjust my driving to get tyres that last a few years and don't get cracks. But then I am not a company executive with a high powered hi spec motor. I'm a OAP with a love of driving to the limits of my 70 BHP OAP'Smobile. (And that's not at 35MPH).

kambites

62,434 posts

191 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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The solution is a soft semi-slick performance tyre which wears out so fast it doesn't age significantly. hehe

Difficult for some people, but the best solution is to find a way to park the car in the shade. Age-related tyre degradation is caused almost entirely by UV light.

tedman

358 posts

74 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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The issue I had once with cracked tyres is that they didn't hold air for very long and despite no obvious puncture, slowly lost 10psi over the course of a few weeks.

Get them changed for peace of mind!

TA14

12,197 posts

228 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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Chrismawa said:
My Mother has just purchased a 2014 car with super low mileage. It still has the original tyres on with decent amounts of tread but cracks on the edge of the tyre. Would these be ok to run and get some wear out of them? Or best get changed asap? Thanks.

An interesting location for the main cracks: 15 mm higher would have been at the thickest rubber and 15 mm lower would have been in the thinnest rubber. I suppose that it's the edge of the running/wearing surface.

wiliferus

3,849 posts

168 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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Cross post from a thread purely about Avon tyres cracking but posted here as relevant.
Just replaced the rears on the OHs R56 mini. Avon ZV7s, had about 4mm of tread on them, dot was a 2016 tyre.
She was reluctant to change them as ‘they’ve got plenty of tread left’. Eventually changed when I got really nobby and said I wouldn’t be getting in it till they’d been changed, mainly due to the cracks in the sidewalk near the rim. Blow out waiting to happen IMHO.





England87

329 posts

67 months

Monday 29th June 2020
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Personally I wouldn’t run tyres with cracking. It just isn’t worth the risk given what we expect tyres to do for us. The main problem is if they’ve cracked then the rubber compound has hardened and likely to be much less grip. I had this argument with an Audi dealership a few years ago as the car I was looking to purchase had badly cracked tyres. The service guy said if a customers car came in like that they’d advise changing them but they wouldn’t change them to sell it...

$chuey

11 posts

164 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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These are my Goodyear F1 asym 2s with plenty of meat remaining on all 4. Judging by the thread, I should have no issues passing an MOT?










Should I replace them or can I get more miles out of them? I only drive roughly 1-1.5k a year.

Cheers

Mave

7,067 posts

185 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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These were on the rear of my wife's car - 14 months old. I emailed Goodyear, they're taking them off me to have a look. I'll let you know how I get on...

$chuey

11 posts

164 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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I contacted Goodyear too, this was their response:

Goodyear said:
The warranty on our tyres lasts for 5 years from date of manufacture or the date of purchase if proof of purchase is provided.

Unfortunately, based on Date of Manufacture all your tyres are now out of warranty.
It'll be interesting to hear/read what they say regarding your tyre.

Mave

7,067 posts

185 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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I got the same 5 year email but mine are date stamped 2017 and I've still got the December 2018 receipt with mileage recorded on it. They've still got 4mm tread, hoping for a partial refund...

SuperPav

892 posts

95 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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They look absolutely fine to me from those photos

[quote=$chuey]These are my Goodyear F1 asym 2s with plenty of meat remaining on all 4. Judging by the thread, I should have no issues passing an MOT?










Should I replace them or can I get more miles out of them? I only drive roughly 1-1.5k a year.

Cheers
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