All tyre manufacturers recommend that consideration be given to replacing tyres when they are 6 years or older and advise that it is essential to fit new tyres when your current tyres are 10 years old. The rubber in old tyres hardens and cracks, steel belts start to rust and then there are environmental factors like exposure to sunlight.
Old tyres may look ok, they might have full tread and may even look like new; but by the time they are 10 years old, they are no longer fit for purpose. Old tyres like these may keep on going for years, or they might suddenly explode without warning; it becomes an unacceptable risk.
The biggest risk is spare tyres that have sat, uncovered, on the back of a vehicle for years fully exposed to the sun. They look ok, but can not cope when they are finally fitted on the vehicle and are at risk of sudden failure. At Megatyre see we tyres like this on a fairly regular basis; age related tyre failure applies to all tyre brands and patterns and is a reflection of environmental damage, not manufacturing standards. It is also a reflection of consumer reluctance to replace old, but seemingly sound old tyres.
On Saturday we replaced a blown out tyre on a customers SUV, the tyre had sat on the back door for many years and had exploded a few weeks after it was fitted to the SUV’s left front wheel. The motorist and her family did not enjoy the experience!
At Megatyre we are always happy to check the age of your tyres and advise on replacement if necessary.