Tire Damage?

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Old 06-16-08, 10:23 AM
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Tire Damage?

Hello.

Was cleaning our Caravan and saw that one tire looks like it has a bunch of tiny cracks on it, like old dried out rubber. It is an older rear tire and we can easily switch it with the tires from another van we have kicking around.

However one of our front tires, that is quite new, has a knick/gouge in the rubber on the wall. Is this very dangerous? I don't know how it came about but just wanted to make sure these situations are safe, because we do drive on the highway often enough.

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Old 06-16-08, 10:42 AM
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Cracks in tires are a sign of tires getting old. If cracks are deep, then I would be concerned, especially if taking a trip. You do not indicate how old tires are, but after about 5 years or so, even if you just drive to the store once a week, the tires dry out and develop a checked appearance from exposure to heat, sun, etc.

A gouge in a tire is usually a result of curb damage or tire having been traumatized by a rock or other object. Depth of gouge would determine how safe it is to drive with this tire.

Based on the information provided, it is recommended that you drop by a tire shop and have your tires inspected for safety. They can check depth of tread, assess cracks, checking, and the gouge as well as air pressure. This should be done right away to assure your and your family's safety.

Tire safety tips: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/artic...umentid=434704
 
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Old 06-16-08, 10:45 AM
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The front two tires are less than two years old, a year and a bit or so (and one of those has the gouge/knick, not too deep maybe a milimetre or two) and the rear ones are older with more cracks so I think I will for sure swap them. Thanks.
 

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