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Do tires really age?

I'm thinking of replacing my BFG T/As for something else, and the thought of what to do with the old ones crossed my mind. Even though they look like new (only 6000 miles on them), I installed them back around 1995 and they may have been manufactured prior to that.

If tires really do age just from sitting around to the point they can self-destruct while driving, maybe I ought to junk them rather than give them away or sell them for a few bucks.

And then, if they really are an accident waiting to happen, maybe that's another reason for me to get new ones ASAP instead of procrastinating like I often do.

Below is a link to a video discussing this. I'm not sure how much they are embellishing (i.e. scare-factor hype). I've never really seen a tire blow for no reason except being worn out or from impact with a hole, curb, debris, etc. Can it really happen with a tire only 6 years old?

Any thoughts on this?

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/aged...hazard-4826897

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Yes tires will age...unprotected such as on a trailer or truck parked out in the sun they will crack...Stored inside maybe there is not so much of an issue..

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I'm thinking of replacing my BFG T/As for something else, and the thought of what to do with the old ones crossed my mind. Even though they look like new (only 6000 miles on them), I installed them back around 1995 and they may have been manufactured prior to that.

If tires really do age just from sitting around to the point they can self-destruct while driving, maybe I ought to junk them rather than give them away or sell them for a few bucks.

And then, if they really are an accident waiting to happen, maybe that's another reason for me to get new ones ASAP instead of procrastinating like I often do.

Below is a link to a video discussing this. I'm not sure how much they are embellishing (i.e. scare-factor hype). I've never really seen a tire blow for no reason except being worn out or from impact with a hole, curb, debris, etc. Can it really happen with a tire only 6 years old?

Any thoughts on this?

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/aged...hazard-4826897
I agree with one more, but there are tires in the warehouse that are not wrapped just sitting on the shelf. It's not like a food store where they sell them as day old like bread or give them to a food shelf, they sit there until someone buys them. If they were so bad would they let them sit there until they sold, then have someone buy a set, have one blow and get hurt. I don't think they age that bad inside.

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Yes, I forgot about tire cracking. I've only seen it on sidewalls of very, very old tires, and of course on vehicles (often trailors) that were always exposed to the sun.

The car my tires are on has always been stored indoors, so no visible damage, and of course, no sun.

But the way they made it sound in that video is rubber-belt seperation happening all by itself, and very quickly. Does seem a bit like scare-tactics, but as I really don't know, I just was looking for opinions.

Thank-you for your replies.
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I would not consider running 15yr old tires. Its not worth the risk. The compounds do break down over time and its not worth the risk in my opinion
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Why not just do a few burnouts and use them up??? Post some videos if you do. haha
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I had a BFG T/A come apart and tear up my driver's side rear quarter. Never lost air pressure, but the tread separated. This was in the late 90's, and the tires were about ten years old with less than 5000 miles on them--always stored indoors and never abused in any way. My brother in law had borrowed the car (so I wasn't in it) but he swears it just let go out the blue. Now I won't drive on tires more than 10 years old, no matter what they look like.

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I took a tire of my boat trailer in for a new valve stem, it had just turned 10 years old, no cracks and tons of tread. Discount tire and Goodyear shop refused to replace the stem or even touch the tire, but gave me a new stem to go. They both said it was the law...
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Ever pull a rubberband out of your junk drawer and it snaps in your hand?
maybe it was a year old? maybe two. But stored indoors.
Rubber ages.
Its recommended to replace your tires after 6-7 years of driving regardless of how god they look.
I had a 66 Chrysler that developed a pull to one side. After swapping tire left to right it was obvious that it was a tire problem.
Removed the old tires from the rims and I could darn near put my thumb right through the sidewall. very thin and weak.
Just a month before I had the car up to 120mph on I-80 going to the Hunnert car pileup. Just lucky I guess.
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Go to UTUBE and type in dangerous tires. You will get a 60 minutes deal that was done. Anything over 6 years old is a time bomb, even if it was stored inside and never on a car.
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Tires age if they are stored indoors or on your cars, it doesn't matter. Rubber naturally off gasses and the tires degrade that is why they have date codes on them. Never buy a tire that is over six years old.

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Why not just do a few burnouts and use them up??? Post some videos if you do. haha

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tires do age as the above posters have stated.

I have seen old tires that looked brand new split & blow between the seams, no cracking on the sidewall. Some guys buy NOS tires but, in my opinion that is not a smart decision. Old rubber is prone to failure, and I would not trust them with my and others life.

as stated: "Anything over 6 years old is a time bomb, even if it was stored inside and never on a car."
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