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I have a set of winter tires that I used on my EXP back when I still daily drove it. I now use them on my fiesta. I bought them in 2018 and they were about a year old them. They have maybe 10k miles on them and the tread is almost like new. I used them maybe a 2 1/2 winters.
Would you risk running them or get a new set? I mostly drive on the high way if that makes a difference.


they spent most of their life setting on the garage. No heat/AC and little to no sunlight.
 

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2018 tires really aren't that old. That and (presumably) since they are snow tires, you live someplace that is cloudy and even if the tires were stored outside in the sun the tires would still be good for more then 10 years. It's places like the desert SW where tires on a car parked outside might need to be replaced every 6 or 7 years. I've used tires as old as 18 years, and they really weren't particularly bad when I got rid of them. I'm sure that some Mexican is probably using them today.
 

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I have a set of winter tires that I used on my EXP back when I still daily drove it. I now use them on my fiesta. I bought them in 2018 and they were about a year old them. They have maybe 10k miles on them and the tread is almost like new. I used them maybe a 2 1/2 winters.
Would you risk running them or get a new set? I mostly drive on the high way if that makes a difference.


they spent most of their life setting on the garage. No heat/AC and little to no sunlight.
Probably fine BUT if you are getting tires swapped at the tire store, they probably won`t touch them after 6 yrs.
 

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I've got three 1989 tires on my 1989 B2200. One of them looks awful, but I just swapped it over from its horribly rusty rim to a good one.
The snow tires on my Escort are so cracked that they were leaking out the sidewalls. So I put tubes in them.
I've had much newer tires fail with no drama, but I drive no more than 55mph with these old junkers.
I also change my tires myself, manually.

Also, I live a little bit north of Seattle, so a fairly cool, wet climate which is easy on rubber and car interiors.
 

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2018 tires really aren't that old. That and (presumably) since they are snow tires, you live someplace that is cloudy and even if the tires were stored outside in the sun the tires would still be good for more then 10 years. It's places like the desert SW where tires on a car parked outside might need to be replaced every 6 or 7 years. I've used tires as old as 18 years, and they really weren't particularly bad when I got rid of them. I'm sure that some Mexican is probably using them today.
My tries on on steels so no swapping problems. Not that my tire guy would care, he would let me know of the age/risk but still mount them.

After taking a look at them they're much older then I thought they're about 10 years old. But the tread and side walls look like new. They were stored in a cold garage with no sun light year around. Not even a micro crack on the side walls.

I think I will risk them for one more year before putting them up.
 

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The 'industry recommendation' with the 7.50-17 tires on my winnebago was to change them every 5 years. But I had a set made by Cooper that went through 15 years of seasonal use and 55,000 miles with no problems. They were on the back axle, so duallies. After that I used two of them for spare tires, until the RV got scrapped after a total of 24 years on those tires.
On the other hand I had a pair of Kelly Springfield tires on the front axle that had so many 'weather check' cracks, that I discard them after 4 years and 4000 miles, so no visible wear. Just too many cracks in the sidewalls I could put the little plastic straws used for stirring martinis into.

On the DOT label on the tire sidewalls you can see the two or three letters at the beginning of those labels, that can tell you who made the and where. I see folks taking about a specific set of tires that whey would use, but no info on whether the tires were made by whatever the name of the brand was. I had a car trailer whose four tires were all made by firms located China, more than 14 years before I used the trailer to haul cars halfway across the USA.
There used to be a DOT listing of the manufacturers and plant locations, in spreadsheet format, but it may have grown too large or too much of a chore to keep updated. Doing a google search for wfirm.com/complete-list-of-tire-dot-plant-codes will show you a site that was last updated over a year ago. To print it would take 67 pages using a fairly small font. I wonder how many of the plant locations are in China, compared with the number of them in the USA?
 

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ive seen too many blow outs and horrible accidents over the years that could have been easily prevented. i just like the comfort of having fairly new rubber
 

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Took a closer look at the tires, they're made by cooper and the plant code is in the US. so no cheap china crap.

But this is for sure going to be their last year. and 55 max. They might look new, but they aren't new.
 

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Retreads?
I was driving on a pair of them on the back of my '64 Ford up until five years ago.
The interesting thing about old tires is that they seem to have a super long lifespan, but they wore really fast.
Next time you're at a military museum look at some of the Howitzers etc. from WWII - there's a good chance the tires on them are almost that old!
 

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Constantly pushing my tires, they never get a chance to age-out. Only failure I've had were a set of Yokohama brand... which besides a set of Continental snow tires, is the first and last non-domestic nameplate tire that I buy. Wouldn't trust old ones. Especially with dry-rotting/cracking.
 

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Since we know our Fords were largely made in Mexico, it stands to reason that no one would assume the same with tires. That's why I said "nameplate". The Kelly brand tires I owned with the 'scort were made in Springfield, OH.. The Michelins on my motorcycle (memory serving) were made in Italy or Spain. Can't tell you where the Cooper RS3-G1 tires on my Fiesta ST were made. But it's the first tires I've had that don't plug very well... so no more of those. 😉
 

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BTW, couple of days ago I noticed etched on a bottle of Mott's Apple Juice, "Concetrate from Chile and China." Even the apple juice gets made in China now. 😂 Long live the CEO bonus. If someone told you, "figure out a way to make the company more profit this year and you can keep a nice chunk of that..."
 

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I don't eat Mott's, too soupy.
My preferred tires on the '56 were USA made Goodyear Polysteel radials, last made in 1988. After being my daily driver and a couple of trips each to Michigan and Alaska, 2 were still on the car in 1997 when I drove from Redondo Beach CA to Henderson Nevada. On that trip I cruised parts at 90 MPH and hit 104 just to see if the car could still do it. My Dad bought a new Volkswagon bus with Continental tires in 1957. When he sold it after well over 100,000 miles and 10 years, the Continentals'sidewalls were so badly checked that pieces were falling out of them. Still held air!
As far as finding out where tires are made, forget it. Tire manufacturers are always moving their lines, you will have to physically see the tires. The Tiger Paws, on Mr. White, which were supposedly made in the USA, turned out to be made in Indonesia. When I went looking in the salvage yards for a couple of wheels and tires after Mr. Whites 2016 wreck, I struck gold at Harry's of Hazleton in the form of a '93 with a NEW set of Generals on it. All 4 tires were identical except for one small detail, 2 said 'MADE IN BOLIVIA' and 2 said 'MADE IN BULGARIA'.
 

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I have a set of winter tires that I used on my EXP back when I still daily drove it. I now use them on my fiesta. I bought them in 2018 and they were about a year old them. They have maybe 10k miles on them and the tread is almost like new. I used them maybe a 2 1/2 winters.
Would you risk running them or get a new set? I mostly drive on the high way if that makes a difference.


they spent most of their life setting on the garage. No heat/AC and little to no sunlight.
If you start seeing cracking near the sidewall where you can see the cord underneath, toss them.
 

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The bald Michelins I recently took off of my Escort were "Made in __". There was an oval in which the country name was stamped, indicating that the molds were expected to be sent to various countries.
In this case it was "United Kindgom". There was a Michelin plant in Canada years ago, I don't know if it's still here.
 
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