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Old 11-30-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: USA
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What is the typical number of miles registered on a car which says time to get new tires? I have a Nissan Altima and the tires came with the car when it was new.
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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It depends on the wear, not the number of miles. Nevertheless, whatever the tread wear warranty is, you're pretty much guaranteed to get a lot less than that.
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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It depends on the wear, not the number of miles. Nevertheless, whatever the tread wear warranty is, you're pretty much guaranteed to get a lot less than that.
Also when driving short miles trips, the time makes a difference.
After 5-6 years or so, the rubber starts to deteriorate !!!
Why do you think they put date codes on tires ???

So, look at the date code, and when past 5-6 years, start thinking replacement.
Also there are wear indicators, use those to determine to replace or not !
So, whichever comes first !!!

Here are good resources on how to *read* tires !
How to Read A Tire Sidewall | Auto care Tips | DOT Serial Number | Tire Sidewall
Checking Your Tires for Wear - For Dummies
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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Just look at the tread left on your tires. I have two things I consider... 1) is there at least an 16th of an inch of tread left above the wear bars OR 2) do I have **** poor traction in wet conditions? I don't tolerate having crappy traction and will replace tires as soon as I feel like my safety is being compromised even with tread left above the wear bars.

The brand and model tires differ massively in how many miles you can put on them before replacement. It also depends upon how you drive (for example I've inadvertently worn out tires really quickly spinning them trying to get unstuck in icy/blocked parking situations). I've had tires on a Wrangler which after 5 freakin years showed barely any wear on them at all (they were Firestone Duelers appropriately warranted for that incredible length of time) and I've had OEM Mazda tires that wore out on my within just 3 years on a Mazda 5.

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Old 11-30-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Any reputable tire shop should have a tire depth measurement device, that checks the depth from the top of the tread face, to the bottom of the tread line. 3/32 is the least that you should have, to provide proper control in rain. It is easy to use, and any body that works with tires can do it in 10 seconds per tire.

Miles travelled is NOT a good way to measure tire wear. The actual condition of the tires is the real indicator that should be used.

Jim B. In Toronto.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:20 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have gone as much as 50,000 or as little as 15,000, the latter being when the factory mounted tires were not very good in wet/snow/ice. There are so many factors that affect tire wear, such as inflation, condition of shocks and other suspension/steering parts, and the roads you drive on that you can only go by
visual inspection and handling on wet roads. Even with legally deep tread left they may have hardened over too many years and not get good traction. Ask a mechanic that doesn't sell tires to look at them and give an opinion.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I get my car tires for $5 at junkyard (buy in pairs).
I have my own tire mounting machine.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I get my car tires for $5 at junkyard (buy in pairs).
I have my own tire mounting machine.
Oh lord... Here we go again!!
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I get my car tires for $5 at junkyard (buy in pairs).
I have my own tire mounting machine.
I bought my first set of .... "used" tires this year on Craigslist. Blizzaks WS70 snow tires. They were less than a year old based on the date code and still had the nubbies from the mold injection around the tires. I would say less than 100 miles on them.

I think there are used tires out there that can be good values if you know what to look for.

During my search I came across some lightly used snow tires. They were 10 years old. I pointed this out to the seller and he insisted they were still new. Passed on those.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: USA
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Thanks, I'll get them checked. I bought this car new in 2006 and it has not quite 20,000 miles. I don't want to start having flats.
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