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Old 12-01-2014, 11:12 PM
 
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I typically replace at 10,000-20,000 miles. By the time tires have got to that point they're old and not performing close to new anymore. Wet and or cold weather performance degrades well before the tires are at their 'wear limit'.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:38 AM
 
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I typically replace at 10,000-20,000 miles. By the time tires have got to that point they're old and not performing close to new anymore. Wet and or cold weather performance degrades well before the tires are at their 'wear limit'.
That's insane, most tires if routinely rotated will last 40,000-70,000 miles.
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:00 AM
 
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That's insane, most tires if routinely rotated will last 40,000-70,000 miles.
Any tire that performs like new after 40K didn't perform well to begin with.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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The OP drives 2,500 miles per year, I doubt like-new-tire-performance is a priority. But hey, if you've got money to burn and and it's a priority to you, have at it. A 10% to 15% drop in "performance" (subjective) isn't a big deal in my world.
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:27 PM
 
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My full-size spare tire is 12 years old. It has never been used, but, since it's positioned underneath the SUV, it has been exposed to the weather. I'm not due for a tire change for at least 35,000 miles. I'm not sure what to do with it. I want to replace it, but I like all of my tires to match. I don't want to a tire that won't be available down the road.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:05 PM
 
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Any tire that performs like new after 40K didn't perform well to begin with.
This may be the case if you are roadracing or autocrossing; but for daily driving, most drivers will not know the difference between a brand new set of tires and a set of tires with 40K on them.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:33 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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My full-size spare tire is 12 years old. It has never been used, but, since it's positioned underneath the SUV, it has been exposed to the weather. I'm not due for a tire change for at least 35,000 miles. I'm not sure what to do with it. I want to replace it, but I like all of my tires to match. I don't want to a tire that won't be available down the road.
Spare tire Usage ---

Only when you have a flat or some other *oops* moment.
Mount the spare, get to your favoured nearest tire repair station,
as soon as possible and fix the flat.
Put the spare back where it belongs ...

I doubt if you *ever* will have problems with that spare.
Since it IS mounted underneath your vehicle, I would look at the condition of the tire.
If *looking bad* (cracks), I would replace.

We have those smallish skinny spares in our cars !
Supposedly only good for no more that 50 mph !
As a matter of fact our cars are 12 and 10 years old and never had the spare used ...

Back in the old days (50's), we used to have those full size spares.
we rotated ALL tires regularly, including the spare !
For some reason, I am thinking tires were *cheap* then !
But I also remember getting more flats than today !

One thing we do however ...
We have two sets of tires for each car (summer and winter sets).
When we make a long vacation trip, I take one full size tire with me that is the winter one.
I have no idea why, but the *hole* the skinny spare is in, fits a full size tire !!
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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I will continue to live by the old theory . . . NOT WORTH THE RISK.

Maybe a little extravagant but I always change the tires on my vehicles once they reach 6 years of age, sometimes even sooner, regardless of the mileage or the age of the vehicle, the age of the actual tires.

Living in I-10 country the reports of single vehicle accident / roll-overs due to tire failure / blowouts are almost daily and are considerably more expensive, not to mention the pain and suffering, than a new set of tires every 5 or 6 years.

MY TWO CENTS WORTH
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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I have had tires that I bought new and went 22,000 miles before they were wore out.. I have also had 1 set of tires that went 65,000 and another that went 52,000 miles before needing to be replaced.....

Sometimes a lot of factors can cause this..... Heat/Cold, road conditions, tire condition, weather, driving style....
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge
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Even if we go back to 2006, why do people think tires are still made of 100% rubber when in actuality they are now made with Silica and numerous other synthetics and thus the old rules from before the late 1990s no longer hold?
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