Tire shelf life - six years

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  1. lynnhoek

    lynnhoek New Member

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    This past June I purchased a new set of Michelin Pilot MXM4 tires, 225/45R17 91H. Recently I discovered a tear in the side wall of one of my new tires. My initial thought was nuts; and proceeded to try to purchase a replacement tire. I discovered that my dealer and every other source I tried didn't have any replacement tires. After a few days I called Michelin's Customer Care Center. They were very helpful and decided to REPLACE my tires with a new set of Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires.
    I was told my original tire was last manufactured in 2007! This led to checking on the Internet.
    Read the following information, I had no idea of this up to now.


    http://thesafetyreport.com/2010/09/tire-safety-its-up-to-you/
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  2. Cogen Man

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    Yes tires after so many years can look okay tread wise but that is deceiving. I've had debates with people about their spare tires that have been sitting in their trunks for 10+ years. Never been on the road. They argue that there is lots of tread left. Good as new because they haven't turned a mile on the road. Another one is their in the trunk so no UV light exposure. You'll probably get a lot of nah Sayers on the article you linked. So get ready. The date code on the tire is important. A good thing to check not only on a new vehicle purchase but also if looking at buying a used vehicle. The 2011 Golf I bought brand new. The date code on the Hankook tires told me the tires were almost 2 years old. Yes, they had lots of tread because they'd only been rolled for <100 km.
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  3. gerrywac

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    Tyre age is not generally a huge problem but it is something to be aware of. A factory fresh mass production car is unlikely to have parts, including tyres that are older by more than a few months than the car assembly date as they operate "just in time" deliveries from their suppliers so they don't carry much stock for economic reasons.

    Dealers and third party suppliers will likely hold stock that will be older, especially less commonly used items.

    Here in the UK VW introduced age limits for cambelt changes some years ago in additional to mileage for the same reason, time related deterioration. My 07 TDI had 100k in the handbook, now 80k or 4 years, whichever is sooner

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