How long do tyres last?

How long do tyres last?

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duckers26

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965 posts

128 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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My car is 6 years old and has done 27,000 miles. At the last service they said that the front tyres were about 60% worn and the back 40%, so it sounds like there is a fair bit of life left in them. Then a friend said that you shouldn't keep tyres on a car once they're over 5 years irrespective of wear. Is this true and should I change them? Thanks!

Marquis_Rex

7,377 posts

194 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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My Porsche 993 Turbo went through rear tyres once every 8000 miles, the 928 before it went through them every 3000 mile odd.

My Dodge Ram has tyres warranteed not to wear out for 50,000 miles.

So it depends.

I've never heard about the 5 year rule- sounds ridiculous

Adam205

591 posts

137 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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Rubber doesn't get on with UV light, which hardens the rubber. Inspect them for any cracking in the sidewalls inside and out, if there's any sign then I would change them. You can't feel hard done by for 6 years and 27k on a set of tyres. If not then keep running them but check regularly....

Most tyre manufacturers recommend a 5 to 6 year 'shelf' life on tyres, after which they should be binned. This may have implications on your insurance should you have a blow out which causes an accident and is deemed to be caused by the age of the tyres, but as long as the tyres are in good condition then you shouldn't have any issues.

Edited by Adam205 on Tuesday 17th August 18:22

sebhaque

5,803 posts

136 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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I have heard that tyres generally have a 6-year shelf life. Whether it's true or not I don't know, but Google reveals a few sources that corroborate this.
Nice going getting 27,000 miles out of them though!

useyourdellusion

5,592 posts

145 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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I once heard that 25000 miles is pretty much the life of the average tyre.

Ozzie Osmond

21,189 posts

201 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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Marquis_Rex said:
I've never heard about the 5 year rule- sounds ridiculous
It is ridiculous.

Think of all the other parts of the car which become "time expired"....

CraigyMc

11,001 posts

191 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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Marquis_Rex said:
I've never heard about the 5 year rule- sounds ridiculous
Rubber crazes and hardens as it gets older. My old elises' first set of tyres were about 6 years old when I got it and they had similar levels of flex to concrete.

I'd replace mine about every 4 or 5 years if I didn't wear them out faster than that.

C

Fleckers

2,624 posts

156 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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I remember a set of rear tyres on my car lasted about 90 miles once smile

duckers26

Original Poster:

965 posts

128 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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Yes they have lasted a long time! At this rate they'll still be on at eight years. Reason being the car is only driven once a week at most and normally for long journeys out of London so not a lot of town driving.

jayfish

6,169 posts

158 months

Tuesday 17th August 2010
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Ozzie Osmond said:
Marquis_Rex said:
I've never heard about the 5 year rule- sounds ridiculous
It is ridiculous.

Think of all the other parts of the car which become "time expired"....
Things like cambelts for example?

parapaul

2,828 posts

153 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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jayfish said:
Ozzie Osmond said:
Marquis_Rex said:
I've never heard about the 5 year rule- sounds ridiculous
It is ridiculous.

Think of all the other parts of the car which become "time expired"....
Things like cambelts for example?
Indeed... Also made of rubber. Strange, isn't it?

Viper

9,990 posts

228 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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ive swapped tyres before after 6 years when there was plenty of thread left, they do go off with heat cyles and harden up, so you loose some grip.

putting on for 4 new tyres transforms the feel of a car

CraigyMc

11,001 posts

191 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Ozzie Osmond said:
Marquis_Rex said:
I've never heard about the 5 year rule- sounds ridiculous
It is ridiculous.

Think of all the other parts of the car which become "time expired"....
Brake fluid? Battery? Driver?

C

mike13

536 posts

137 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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The five year advice relates to motorhomes.

thehappyotter

800 posts

157 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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useyourdellusion said:
I once heard that 25000 miles is pretty much the life of the average tyre.
As a fellow Focus ST owner, you're very lucky if you think that's true! smile

Mine eats fronts in 10-12k if I'm lucky!

Lakeland9

201 posts

123 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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The Dunlops on the R35 are about shot now (all 4) after 7000 miles.

Mind you, they're a bit sticky so wear like marshmallows would!

Dino D

1,952 posts

176 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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That 5 year rule certainly makes sense, especially in hotter sunny climates.
I bought a 4yr old car in Greece that was on it original tyres. The car had covered 40k miles.

The tyres had lots of tread on but they had become hard and brittle with no grip. You could see cracks along the side walls. Within two day of driving it on those tyres, one blew out at low speed (40km/h).

Not sure how much longer they would last in colder climates like UK but I would give them a visual inspection, see if you can see any cracks in the rubber or if the tread has become 'brittle'.

What sort of use does the car get? Just town or motorway/high speed too?

illmonkey

12,860 posts

153 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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9,000 miles on my Mini frown

fareaster

234 posts

134 months

eightseventhree

2,062 posts

159 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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PZero Nero's on my Abarth 500 are looking worn after 12,000 miles.

New set will be in next month or two