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    Cedric Coetzer
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    How long after a Tyre’s date stamp, is it still safe to fitted and used, if it was stored in a warm place, i.e. in the garage roof?

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    Gerd
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    Hi Cedric

    How long is a piece of string ?

    The Tyre Industry  suggests that a tyre should be  withdrawn after 5 years irrespective of use or non use. The stated main reason is gradual tyre (compound)  degradation due UV exposure. How extreme long storage under roof might affect the tyre as well, the Industry would be best to answer.

    I personally would not rely on a Tyre which was in storage for 5 years and neither would I buy a tyre which is 5 years old in brand new condition.

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    Cedric Coetzer
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    Thank you

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    Editor
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    Five years is the maximum usage limit after the tyre’s manufacturing date (the sidewall is stamped with the week and year of manufacture). In addition, be aware that ultra-violet light and heat destroy the rubber in a tyre, causing it to become brittle and crack, so storing it in the heat of a garage roof could potentially have caused damage.

     

    Rather be safe and purchase new tyres.

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    Basil Shannon
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    Industry advice is correct BUT everyone’s situation is different. I holiday in South Africa for three months a year. My Rubicon’s tyres are in the cool dark garage the rest of the year and the mileage is low. Maybe the wear and tear of off road tracks will lead to a change after five years ……..

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    Gerd
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    You are correct, every situation is different and that is why the general advice is to discard tyres after 5 years, irrespective of usage.

    If you feel that your storage and usage is not contributing to tyre decay  over that period nobody can and will prevent you from using these tyres after 5 years and nobody really can identify and define an internal compound – decay.

    However keep in mind that in case of accidents or even fatalities insurance companies will not entertain your claim  which might become ruinous for you in case of fatalities or even put you  in a wheelchair.

    In the final analysis: The choice is yours alone…..

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by Gerd Kopanski Gerd.
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