6 year old tyres.

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  1. Tom A

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    Been checking tyres today and two are 11 years old, the other three are 6 years old.
    I'm replacing the two straight away but what's opinions on the 6 year olds ?
    The tread is excellent and there's no cracks in sidewalls.
    Is it a recommendation to change them every 5 years or is it the law ?
    I await differing opinions.
     
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    Continental's website states replace at 10 years max' age - there seems to be no actual law on age
     
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    Kwik fit state to '' consider '' replacing them after 5 years of age
     
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    From memory 7 years is the industry excepted average
    personalty iv'e seen many many tyres older
    what do you feel safe with
    what are you going to think if you have a blow out on your new tyres
    Its your choice im afraid r as they say you pays yer money
     
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    They were not necessarily fitted the week they were made and AFAIK Michelin sell tires up to 6 yrs old according to Camskill tyres.
     
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    Having had 42yrs in the tyre industry,and having seen what I've seen along the way ,I would say 7yrs is a max.Internal casing fatigue cannot be seen ,tyres can look in mint condition but can still blow out without warning due to age .some just say what they want to hear:rolleyes: hope this helps.
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    The tyre's manufactured age will be on the sidewall - a four number code

    i.e. 14 13 would be the 14th week of 2013
     
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    Is that 7 yrs since first put into service or off the production line?
     
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    That's how Tom knows how old they are ;)
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    Hi Andy. 7yrs from date of manufacture.:)
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    Andy I don't think there is any chance of Michelin releasing 6yr old tyres from their factories.there may be tyre distributors with 6yr old tyres in stock ,I don't know.
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    so when we are having new tyres fitted how old should we expect them to be, or more specifically should we refuse them if say over a year since manufactured?
     
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    Yes that's what I meant . As you know Michelin tool up in runs for different tyre sizes so unlikely to hold any back, straight out the door
     
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    I'm pretty confident that the new Agilis that replaced the Michelin X will not last more than 6 yrs anyway as I predict that mine will need replacing at 5yrs @ 5k miles per year. The Michelin X did much higher mileages but the M+S Agilis is much softer.
     
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    I'm looking for a quiet tyre.
     
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    im looking for a quiet life;)
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    The British Rubber Manufacturers Association (BRMA) recommended practice, issued June, 2001, states, "BRMA members strongly recommend that unused tyres should not be put into service if they are over six years old and that all tyres should be replaced ten years from the date of their manufacture."

    "Environmental conditions like exposure to sunlight and coastal climates, as well as poor storage and infrequent use, accelerate the aging process. In ideal conditions, a tyre may have a life expectancy that exceeds ten years from its date of manufacture. However, such conditions are rare. Aging may not exhibit any external indications and, since there is no non-destructive test to assess the serviceability of a tyre, even an inspection carried out by a tyre expert may not reveal the extent of any deterioration."

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=138
     
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    Hi Dave if you had tyres fitted now the norm to expect would be maybe Nov.2015 onwards.we fitted 5 last week and they were 3rd wk Jan 2016.
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    Our spare on Elle was 17 years old but looked great, even when it was removed from the rim. Anyway, decided to replace. Now got the old spare to wear round the waist and have a good blow out at the local Indian.......:giggler:
     
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