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Tire Dry Rot or Not

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One of our vehicles has Michelin Defender tires with close to 50K miles on them. The tires are 6 years and 3 months old. Tread is 5 - 6 32nds. Since the car will be around longer than the useful life of the current tires I figured I would just replace them now. I'm also curious if any of the photos show dry rot. Dry rot photos online typically show tires with far worse but figured I would share here for some feedback.



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For my personal ride I would run them a year or two more, for my daughter's ride, probably replace them.

I have 60 years of driving under my hat, she doesn't.

My experience and knowing what to do to control a blown tire is the advantage.

Your tires look about middle aged to me, but I don't know your roads or her "style" of driving.

If you can afford the luxury of new tires, go ahead, if not, then caution her about caring for what she has until funds are available.

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I'll slightly correct myself, some vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use. In addition, a number of tire manufacturers cite 10 years as the maximum service life for tires. Check the owner's manual for specific recommendations for your vehicle.
For me it's not worth it, I have a wife and kid, my life is worth more than 400 bucks
Where in heck do you find any tires for $100 NEW?

see below, just a gustimate, depnds on what you want and how much you want to spend, you could even get part worn, I wouldnt get $100 tires though it depends on what car I'm putting it on, but if somone is worrying about changing tires after 6 years they sound frugal. and I had kumho's on my 1 series BMW, they are very good,

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Is this Canadian $ , or U S $.

I swap winter / Summer tires in season and inspect mine at that time.
The off-season set are stored indoors, and on rims.

It's a simple precaution taken seriously.

I took Driver's Ed classes in Madrid, Spain in 2014. All signs, rules, and more are different in Europe (vs. USA). One of the rules is you MUST replace your tires every 5 years, and have the invoice to prove it. No guesswork required.
Smacks of BIG BROTHER, I'm guessing that they have a huge waste pile to be recycled too.

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