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We usually consider it is ok if the tires last from two to three years. Woody Rogers, a tire product information specialist, say that from the storing of the tires to the observing of adequate care, tires can last up to a decade.
“I won’t say a tire has the shelf life of gravel”, Roger said, “but it’s close to that.”
When we properly store the tires with climate control, they have almost unlimited useful life. Once they are on the road, proper care can add years of life to them.
Rodgers calls this the 6 or 10 rule, and those two numbers are important. In this case, service is any time the tire is on the vehicle, in use, or stored outside. Exposure to ozone or UV rays shortens that lifespan, as do wide swings in temperature. Of course, that all depends on where you live and how you drive.
Instead of marking a date in your calendar, Rodgers recommends the inspection and maintenance of the tires every month. Watch the cracks on the sidewall, caused by sun exposition or caused by under inflating. Monitor the depth of the tires. Most of us trust only in how the tires look to check by its wear bars or does the penny depth test to tell us when it is time to exchange the tires. Rodgers says it is not the right way of doing it.
Wear bars at 2/32” depth is ok for dry weather like in Los Angelis or Phoenix, but it is not as good for regions with regular rain showers. Instead, 4/32” depth is the minimum to allow water to flush under the tires reducing chances of hydro planning.
Same way, all weather tires require at least 6/32” depth to evacuate snow and mud.
How about the storing of the tires? Rodgers says that for most road tires it does not matter if they are piled on their side or kept standing, mounted or not mounted. If they are away from the sunlight, away from ozone exposure, in a place with little swings of temperature, they will certainly have longer life.