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Old 12-24-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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I found this old brand new Michelin tire on a metal Volvo wheel. The JY employee charged me for a spare so I got out for under $20 with the steel wheel.

I wonder if tire age is a problem when we use older tires?

It's a Michelin Agilis 61 (185 R14c)

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Old 12-24-2014, 06:56 PM   #2
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what is the date code on the tire?

While you can run 6-10 year old tires myself personally I would not run any new tire that is more than 5 years old even if never mounted.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:17 PM   #4
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I'll give you $25 for it.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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When it rains it will be veeeeery sketchy.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:26 PM   #6
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Determine age by code/s.

Dismount the tire from rim... flex the sidewall all way around (both sides) Eyeball it closely for dry rotting cracks. If dry rotted just a tad and not to cords I'd not run it over 45 mph. No spirited driving either.

If dry rotted/crack to where you can see the cords in sidewall toss it if you value yours/your family's safety.
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When it rains it will be veeeeery sketchy.
IDK they're actually really pretty nice tires wet or dry.



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Old 12-24-2014, 09:46 PM   #8
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Not worth your life over, if the tire is old and/or dry rotted





That's a lot of air


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Old 12-24-2014, 10:08 PM   #9
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I think the date code is 2401. Made in Italy
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:18 PM   #10
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so it was made in the 24th week of 2001, Sounds like it will make a great tire swing, and that is about it.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:08 PM   #11
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Does the "C" indicate commercial tire for light truck?
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:19 PM   #12
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IDK they're actually really pretty nice tires wet or dry.


Not when they're dried out old dead chunks of rubber.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:20 PM   #13
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Ride it fool, my tire sets
Years: 14,12,10,95 and and 13

14.10 and 95 are on currently driven cars

14 on lifted wagon, 10 on 744, 95 on the dd 745
Them damn tires have almost 20 winter seasons on them, still around 4/32 So ill retire them to spares this summer
But then ride smooths, rubbers a little hard

The car with 2014 tires is the one the kids ride in

Wife's car has 4 different dates
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When it rains it will be veeeeery sketchy.
By sketchy he means fun.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:22 PM   #15
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A lot depends on storage ins cool light free environment when not in use
Sitting on a car kills tires
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:25 PM   #16
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By sketchy he means fun.
Heh... The tires on the PV are about 11 years old. Plenty of tread, but no longer fresh... at all. They're definitely easy to slide around on dry pavement now, but they're to the point that they're more dangerous than fun in the wet. There's just not a lot of weight on the rear end of a PV, and any throttle at all and they just spin. Get on the brakes a bit harshly in the wet and it just slides and slides, with very little perceptible slowing.
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Heh... The tires on the PV are about 11 years old. Plenty of tread, but no longer fresh... at all. They're definitely easy to slide around on dry pavement now, but they're to the point that they're more dangerous than fun in the wet. There's just not a lot of weight on the rear end of a PV, and any throttle at all and they just spin. Get on the brakes a bit harshly in the wet and it just slides and slides, with very little perceptible slowing.
Damn, we need to post this in that kids drift thread! The cheapest way to drift your NA 240 is to let your tires get 11 years old.
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Does the "C" indicate commercial tire for light truck?


They're 4 ply with an 8 ply rating.

AKA vanagon tires.
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:09 AM   #19
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It's all good until it fails. Then it is "Why the F did I use this tire?"

It may be good to inspect it as Smokeyfan suggests. Maybe Ken could do something with it?
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:11 AM   #20
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My Rabbit had some old Michelins that both exploded at sub 25MPH speeds doing nothing extreme.

One went with a bang on my cop car at 85 or 90, luckily was a rear.

I think its worst if you have one ply sidewall, I've seen truck/bus tires be fine 20 years old.
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Old 12-25-2014, 03:34 AM   #21
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Blew 2 on my car trailer in the same trip that were 13 years old.
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Old 12-25-2014, 07:42 AM   #22
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Blew a tire on the dolly while towing a car at highway speed, tire wasn't even old, but we found out at discount tire that the tire was recalled by the factory and replaced all three (2 tires and 1 spare) for free.

One of the scariest experience on the road for me.
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Old 12-25-2014, 08:15 AM   #23
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I had one spontaneously pop sitting in the driveway.
Same thing. Junk yard.....brand new......
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Old 12-25-2014, 08:36 AM   #24
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Not germane to the 6 yr. old max thread going on here, but I remember seeing the inner tube poking out of a gash in the sidewall of a transit bus in Mexico City when I was there Xmas time in 1966.Now THAT was scary looking, and I was only 10! Of course, if it ever went over 10 miles an hour in that traffic-clogged city it would have been a miracle.
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