How long do tyres last?

How long do tyres last?

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iggletiggle

1,380 posts

138 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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The majority of my cars get a tyre change every 15,000miles/3years

Usually by 15k a pair has worn through anyways.

In my fast road/track VTS i was lucky to get 3k out of a set, where as in my now sold clio daily i covered almost 50k before having to replace..

TuxRacer

13,718 posts

144 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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thehappyotter said:
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!
As another fellow Focus ST owner - what tyres are you using? Mine eats fronts in ~5k. frown

djt100

1,660 posts

138 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Depends on the car and the type of driving you do, Mine is mainly motorway and just changed the original rears at 52,000miles, not due to wear but they were begining to perish

Rotary Madness

2,285 posts

139 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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The rears on my 328i last on average about 5k frown Its not my fault honest...

duckers26

Original Poster:

965 posts

126 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Thanks for the help. The car is hardly used around town as I live in central London and get the tube, it probably moves around 4 times a month for longer runs out of town. Had a look at the tyres and they look fine with no pressure loss since I last checked.

yazza54

15,822 posts

134 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Fronts? 15.


Rears? 5.

wink

Edited by yazza54 on Wednesday 18th August 10:14

Asterix

24,438 posts

181 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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I think we have, by law, only 3 years lifetime for tyres here in the middle east - the virtually 100% days of UV and much higher temperatures screw with the compounds and turn them rock hard over time.

Mr Darcy

1,006 posts

125 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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I am always amazed when people get 10's of thousands of miles out of their tyres. I am lucky to get more than 5K out of a set of rears and maybe, just maybe 10K from the fronts.

anonymous-user

7 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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duckers26 said:
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!
If you are worried change them. They will have degraded over time but I dont buy into the thinking that they are all about to explode underneath you.



dylan0451

1,036 posts

144 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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duckers26 said:
Thanks for the help. The car is hardly used around town as I live in central London and get the tube, it probably moves around 4 times a month for longer runs out of town. Had a look at the tyres and they look fine with no pressure loss since I last checked.
there's your reason then i guess!

i'm pretty sure car manufacturers came up with the 5 or 6 year tyre life thing, and advise to bin any tyres in stock at this age

if you have a quick look on the net you'll find how to read a tyres date of production - the tyre wasn't neccessarily born the same time as the car was registered, it's likely even older!

i'd probably change tyres, as said already, after 4 years irrespective of wear. seems daft if there's still tread left but just like the cambelt mentioned, these things tend to fail pretty spectacularly, small price to pay for keeping you out of a crash barrier/tree

duckers26

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965 posts

126 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Well I decided to err on the side of caution and four new tyres going on at the weekend - the same ones as they seem to last well!

warmfuzzies

3,212 posts

206 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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25k good for s set of tyres? your kidding me aren't you? my A3 had 23k at point of sale with 50% left in them all round. Its about your driving skills.
My weekend car gets through a set less than 9k.....a bit less that is....

Kevin

Herman Toothrot

6,702 posts

151 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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CraigyMc said:
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.


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My god that must have been driven by an old dear or been a weekend only silly low miler. 10,000 miles (admittedly including 4.5 trackdays) so far and 3rd full set of tyres on my VX fronts wore out as quick as the rears.

RobM77

33,993 posts

187 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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I've heard the five year rule too. I was advised to change the tyres on my Elise at 29k miles and 6 years old, even though they only had 50% wear, purely based on age. I did notice a big difference in grip from the fresher rubber that went on.

Whilst it is true that driving style contributes hugely to tyre wear (I received an emergency call last year asking if my team mate could buy some 5 race old tyres off me because he'd wrecked a set spinning at high speed. That being near the lifetime of my tyres anyway, I agreed, and was amazed to hear the next day that they had more grip than the 1 race old set he was running beforehand!), with a road car, there are too many variables to get smug about it - namely the sort of roads that you drive on and what car you've got (weight and geometry are the main factors) - I'm sure that those factors will play a bigger part than driving style.

jon-

15,900 posts

169 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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If it's of any interest, the average mileage reported on tyre reviews (for reviews with distance greater than 3000 miles as a lot of people put initial reports on) is 21,995 miles.

RobM77

33,993 posts

187 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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jon- said:
If it's of any interest, the average mileage reported on tyre reviews (for reviews with distance greater than 3000 miles as a lot of people put initial reports on) is 21,995 miles.
Mean averages don't really apply here though, because the sort of driving that makes tyres last a long time is also the sort of driving that racks up high mileages - so the data is scewed.

kiethton

11,530 posts

133 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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On my astra i get through fronts in about 22k and the rears are still the ones it left te factory with (3 years and 73k later) They are still above 6mm of tread and all.

The tyres are sport contact's btw

camelot1971

1,696 posts

119 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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I would wager the vast majority of people do enough miles to wear out tyres over a 5 year period, its always worth checking the manufacture date on tyres too, when you buy them new, as they could have been sitting in a warehouse for a long time.

RobM77

33,993 posts

187 months

Wednesday 18th August 2010
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kiethton said:
On my astra i get through fronts in about 22k and the rears are still the ones it left te factory with (3 years and 73k later) They are still above 6mm of tread and all.

The tyres are sport contact's btw
That speaks volumes about the inherent balance of a front wheel drive car! biggrin As a comparison, the wear on the BMW saloons that I've owned has been exactly equal wear front/rear, and my Elise tends to wear out the rears faster than the fronts, being effectively rear engined. On the road of course if you're driving safely one can't achieve a neutral balance in corners all the time, thus static weight and power distribution that tends to reflect in the tyre wear.

sunman

15 posts

132 months

Thursday 19th August 2010
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fronts generally wear out faster than rears so swapping them round is a good idea after 10,000 miles, you'll get more life out of all. If you have worn the fronts but the rears have some life then I'd buy 4 new & just change the fronts; when the rears eventually go put the fronts to the rear and put the other 2 new one's on the front, you'll get good use & wear from all.
AND, check the pressures every month, very few people do, they'll last much longer.