Did you that tire age is even more important than tread depth? Our CardinaleWay Acura Las vegas dealership wants to make sure you keep track of your vehicle’s tire age, including the spare. Tires have the greatest effect on the way your vehicle handles and brakes. If the tire store recommends new tires at your five-year checkup, we recommend you spend the money and don’t put it off. You could save a life.
The Dangers of Buying Used Tires
In February 2008, the owner of a 1998 Ford Explorer in Georgia bought a used tire for his SUV. Two weeks later, the tread suddenly separated from the tire causing the Explorer to go out of control and hit a motorcycle, killing its rider. An post-crash analysis of the used tire showed that it was nearly 10 years old.
Why Old Tires Are Dangerous
For years, people have relied on a tire’s tread depth to determine the condition of the tires. But did you know the rubber compounds in a tire deteriorate with time, regardless of the condition of the tread? And an old tire poses a significant safety hazard.
Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, Inc., says, “If you take a rubber band that’s been sitting around a long time and stretch it, you will start to see cracks in the rubber,” says Kane. That’s basically what happens to a tire. Over time, cracks in the rubber develop on the surface and inside the tire as well. This cracking can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire.
For most people, old tires are not an issue. If you drive 12,000-15,000 miles annually, a tire’s tread will wear out in three to four years, well before the rubber compound does. But if you only drive 6,000 miles a year, or have a specialized car you only drive on weekends, aging tires could be an issue. The age warning also applies to spare tires and “new” tires that have never been used but are old.
How Long Does a Tire Last?
Tires need to be inspected annually after the fifth year. Many car manufacturers recommend replacing tires after five years. But, if you live in a warm or coastal climate, your tires will age more quickly, according to the NHTSA. This includes the spare, which could be ‘baked’ in the trunk of your vehicle.
Bring Your Acura to Our Experts at CardinaleWay Acura Las vegas
CardinaleWay Acura Las vegas is your #Acuradealer in Las Vegas. Whether you’re shopping for a new or pre-owned vehicle, financing or want to bring your vehicle in for service, we hope you come to CardinaleWay Acura Las vegas. Remember, it’s easy to schedule a test drive online. Acura is owned by Honda and we are proud to feature the entire line of Acura new cars. To learn more and to schedule a service appointment or test drive online, visit our website at www.cardinalewayacura.com.
CardinaleWay Acura Las vegas
7000 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117