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Old 02-14-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Question Tyres - safe or legal?

Now I'm getting close to getting my van back on the road it's time to think about the tyres.
I have never seen tyres like this before and I'm worried if they are safe to use or even legal - I didn't spot the cracks last summer when I last used it.

Front Left (Kenda)


Rear Left (Hankook)


Front Right (Maxxis)


Rear Right (Maxxis)


Spare (Michelin)


The spare doesn't have a legal amount of tread on it so is definitely getting changed, I'm hoping rear left is OK to go on it but if I look closely I see fine cracks in it too.

Can someone confirm I am not just paranoid and do need to replace at least 4 of these?

In my understanding of UK law each one is worth 3 penalty points so more than enough there to lose my license, but more importantly blowouts are dangerous. I also don't like having different tyres on the same axle, which is reason enough to change them, but with lower priority.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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I don't like weather checked tires either.
Not sure what your local rules are but I generally just change them out if I use the vehicle on a regular basis.
If it's somethng you drive once in a while that's one thing.
But if you are running loaded heavy you may need a couple of tires.
I usually keep the best one for a spare not necessarily just tread depth I look at the casing too.
I recently changed out my trailer tires that looked like that. They don't seem to last too long in that condition.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:08 AM   #3
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I would run them as long as I was not going to travel at high speed, the cracking is only at the outside surface, the inner casing is not cracked or showing any problems now is it? if you have DRW put them on the inside?
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:11 AM   #4
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Default Re: Tyres - safe or legal?

It's difficult to tell from pictures, but...

The real strength is the body and cords of a tire. While the condition of the outer rubber may be indicative of the inside, the two don't necessarily wear or age the same.

It doesn't appear that you have that much tread left so replacement is likely approaching anyway. Why wait? FWIW. vic

P.S. - That last picture looks more like a road damage cut than age to me.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:18 AM   #5
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How old are the tires? Some companies recommend changing them if they are over five years old, Michelin's recommendation is 10. It's unfortunate that the two Maxxis are on the same side, as swapping sides with radials isn't recommended.

A brief look at the tyre laws in the UK doesn't show anything about cracking, but if you run heavy loads, I'd say new tires on the rear.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:23 AM   #6
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... Michelin's recommendation is 10....
incorrect... as it varies with model and can be as low as 5 years.
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I had tires like this on my dodge, asked my tire guy and he said they are just some light weather cracks nothing to be worried about they will lasst another season or two based on the teared I had...that that with a grain of salt, but this is a place just selling tires and he didn;t try and get me into a new set just yet which is what I asked him when I went to change to these back on.
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How old are the tires? Some companies recommend changing them if they are over five years old, Michelin's recommendation is 10.
Sounds like an expiration date to scare old people that drive 1000 miles a year and wussies that want to worry about such trivial stuff?

I have seen tires much older then that roll.
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The problem Boater has is that he's in the UK with stringent DOT inspections.
The casual American approach of "run it 'til it disintegrates" doesn't apply...

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Replace them as soon as possible apart from the cracking the tire is as hard as a rock, you'll lose the van on a wet surface, even at low speed. or get stuck on Grass in full time spin.
Find a RV tire that covers hiway and off road. you['ll double your traction/
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