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Old 03-28-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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Car sat for a year - Mechanic says tires fine?

A friend's E46 wasn't driven for about a year while he was traveling. Now a mechanic (not dealer) says the tires are fine and are still round.

Should he still get new tires to play it safe? Safety is the biggest concern, and we were both surprised to hear the mechanic say the tires were fine.


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Old 03-28-2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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Tires have a life of 6-7 years[the sidewall markings will let you know when they were made]..Nothing is wrong with them, just make sure its set at the right psi and drive.


my original oem 18s sat witht he car for the same amount of time if not more. Just lets some air out before storage and inflate after..

never had a problem .


now the battery thats what you should be looking into.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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If the tires did not run out of air in that time and he does not have any vibrations while driving IMHO, I don't think there should be a problem. A lot of people don't put their bikes on stands while hibernating over the winter and then they beat them to death in the summer - over 2 years, that would be 1 year of standing - considering one wont drive from October to late March....thats like 6 months....

I'm not a pro tire expert, I wont be responsible for anything when you friend dies when his tires blow - knock on the wood.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:51 AM   #4
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Look for dry spot where it looks like the rubber is cracking. Im not sure the age of the tires or how it was stored, so its hard to tell. I'd bet the tires have flat spots though..

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Old 03-28-2011, 11:53 AM   #5
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You should play it safe until you run out of money. I can just tell the wallet is a bit too full at the moment. If you don't do something about it the cash is gonna burst out and fall out all over the road, and cause major pileups.

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
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You should play it safe until you run out of money. I can just tell the wallet is a bit too full at the moment. If you don't do something about it the cash is gonna burst out and fall out all over the road, and cause major pileups.
you are so ****ing weird man. i bet watching a day of your life would be the biggest waste of time i can possibly imagine
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #7
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you are so ****ing weird man. i bet watching a day of your life would be the biggest waste of time i can possibly imagine
My life must be extremely interesting for you to want to watch a day of it.

I just find it amusing that americans can't take a p*ss without taking a poll for it first. In the case of the OP, an expert advice from the mech wasn't good enough. I can also guess his own first hand experience of the tires and car driving perfectly well wasn't good enough either. Instead everyone on the internet must come to a consensus for him to feel safe and comfortable. Where does this 'the herd is right' and the expert is wrong mentality come from ? They teach that at skool ? I have never been to america to know.

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My life must be extremely interesting for you to want to watch a day of it.

I just find it amusing that americans can't take a p*ss without taking a poll for it first. In the case of the OP, an expert advice from the mech wasn't good enough. I can also guess his own first hand experience of the tires and car driving perfectly well wasn't good enough either. Instead everyone on the internet must come to a consensus for him to feel safe and comfortable. Where does this 'the herd is right' and the expert is wrong mentality come from ? They teach that at skool ? I have never been to america to know.
No one is forcing you to read any of this, much less comment on it. I pass on many many threads that are pointless or worse.

But, yes, if we're going to generalize Americans are a little too collaborative for my tastes.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:31 PM   #9
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My life must be extremely interesting for you to want to watch a day of it.

I just find it amusing that americans can't take a p*ss without taking a poll for it first. In the case of the OP, an expert advice from the mech wasn't good enough. I can also guess his own first hand experience of the tires and car driving perfectly well wasn't good enough either. Instead everyone on the internet must come to a consensus for him to feel safe and comfortable. Where does this 'the herd is right' and the expert is wrong mentality come from ? They teach that at skool ? I have never been to america to know.
I find it weird that all british people have bad teeth. I mean, I KNOW they have access to good dental care plans, but for whatever reason they refuse treatment....

I don't actually believe that. I just wanted to show you that stereotyping and generalizing is wrong.
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My life must be extremely interesting for you to want to watch a day of it.

I just find it amusing that americans can't take a p*ss without taking a poll for it first. In the case of the OP, an expert advice from the mech wasn't good enough. I can also guess his own first hand experience of the tires and car driving perfectly well wasn't good enough either. Instead everyone on the internet must come to a consensus for him to feel safe and comfortable. Where does this 'the herd is right' and the expert is wrong mentality come from ? They teach that at skool ? I have never been to america to know.
I was thinking the same thing.. just the other day I looked something up on here and a bunch of answers pointed to one answer.. then I called the dealer and got an answer totally different, which ended up being the correct answer.. so just because you get 10 of the same answers doesn't mean a thing..

The flip side to you're post GN is what I experience.. I am considered an expert in my field and I'll get people who know nothing ask me questions and then sit there and try to argue with my answer because they don't want to spend the money so they try to make their view correct..
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OP, I hope your friend stabilized his gasoline. That might be a problem.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:25 PM   #12
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going nuts is such a pathetic joke. everytime i see his post on a thread its some dum british idea that just comes back to the point he just wish he lived in america. op just check the psi check for craking and run it for a day then check the psi again and you should be good
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