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Old 04-11-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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Are my tires too old?

I am running Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. They are six years old, but I have only 30,000 miles on them. Do I need to replace them. They are in good/excellent condition. I heard that you should not ride on tires that are older than 6 years. Thx.
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Check this thread, it seems to go both ways...

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=610425
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:50 AM   #3
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Michelin fully warrants their tires from failure for 6 years. But personally, I wouldn't toss out michelins if they were a little old.

Something like 10+ years would make worry a bit though. I do know of people driving on 15 year old tires that were left outside and never had a problem. That's a little scary.
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I am running Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. They are six years old, but I have only 30,000 miles on them. Do I need to replace them. They are in good/excellent condition. I heard that you should not ride on tires that are older than 6 years. Thx.
You should be fine
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:58 AM   #5
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Depends are they cracking?
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Depends are they cracking?
What he said.

Unless you see some serious cracks in the rubber, I wouldn't worry about the tires just because they're 6 years old. The kind of usage they see on the car, their exposure to UV, heat cycles, humidity, chemical exposure, etc all affect the aging of polymers that form the "rubber" of the tires.

Inspect them carefully. Unless they've been in a museum, you should expect to see some small cracks in the tread grooves and near the raised lettering on the sidewalls. That's pretty normal and not a threat to the integrity of the tire. If you see deep cracks, or the tops the tread lugs (where the tire contacts the road) show cracking, it might be time to retire them babies.
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thanks. tires are in good/excellent condition.

I wish I could wear them out faster; there a couple of other tires I'd like to try.
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thanks. tires are in good/excellent condition.

I wish I could wear them out faster; there a couple of other tires I'd like to try.
Sign up for some local driving school, autocross, or track days. Soooo much fun, you get to use your E46 to its full potential, and it makes you a better driver.

Also next time you get tires you could just get some slightly softer compound tires if you do low annual mileage. Softer tires = more traction = more fun.
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Sign up for some local driving school, autocross, or track days. Soooo much fun, you get to use your E46 to its full potential, and it makes you a better driver.

Also next time you get tires you could just get some slightly softer compound tires if you do low annual mileage. Softer tires = more traction = more fun.
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