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post #1 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Cracks on my tires. Help

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My 38 Toyo Open Country M/Ts are 5-6 years old but with very few miles, like 25k, and the tread is still all there but they are showing some aging due to weather. There are cracks, a lot of them but nothing big or deep in between the tread, due to my truck sitting extended periods of time and being exposed to the sun, since they are not covered at all by the body of my truck. They stick out a lot. Do you guys think they are safe to drive? I've been driving it like this for the past few years now with no issues but just wonder if I should be a little more cautious because I drive it a lot more now and long distances. Here are some pics. Please help guys.
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I personally would not run these, they would be a good sell to some one with a mud toy, but i wouldnt trust them for road use.

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Toss up.... If you bought them at Les Scwab, They should have lifetime warrenty.. wonder if they would cover it? lol
You can always try!

If it was me.... I would probably continue running them, but my opinions are always a bit dangerous LOL

But...... I would run them, just keep an eye and keep a spare lol

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Should I worry much now that it is winter and it is cold vs the summer when it is hot and may expand/stretch the tires and cracks?


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It`s a no brainer, the fact that your even asking the question tells me that you know that they need to be replaced. Do it for yourself and the safety of others.
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I typically spray my tires with conditioner after washing, then drive around the block to get any off the treads themselves. Seems to help.

Just don't go really fast as until it wears off its like oil on the tires. Slick.

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No way I'd drive on them...

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I just took my truck to America's Tire to have them looked at and the guy told me they are mostly superficial surface cracks and it is common due to weathering and age on oversized tires that are exposed. My tires are about 8 years old and he said that they need to replaced in a year or 2 because tires are worthless after 10 years. I asked him about safety issues and he said all that can happen is they begin to leak slowly


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FWIW ... Tire Tech Information - Tire Aging Part #1

6-10 years but, depends on where and how you use them, i.e., highway vs. in town or farm and ranch type use. Highway speeds and/or pulling a load daily or even a boat on weekends it might be dicy. Keep your spare aired up and jack and lug wrench where you can get to them because you know you'll get the flat or blowout around 10 pm on Sunday night coming home from the lake or hunting lease and you're dead tired.

Actually based on your pics they don't look all that bad. But, if going 70 mph down the highway pulling 10,000 lbs. is another story.
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id relplace them dry rotted pretty bad

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