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27-03-2017, 09:43 AM (This post was last modified: 27-03-2017 10:01 AM by Solo Man.)
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Tire age
Is there a law that says a tire is too old to use/illegal? What about insurance companies? Do they check the tire age when you have an accident? What is the allowed age for tires irrespective of the amount of tread left. Obviously, tires past the minimum tread will be illegal. Was just wondering as i have often bought a car with the spare tyre older than five years.
Also, most of the marie biscuit tires come from older vehicles i suspect, so what happens if i am involved in an accident while driving with one of those on my car on my way to have my puncture repaired and the tire is past its lawful age??
Maybe Cois can help out here from a legal point of view?
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27-03-2017, 10:38 AM
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RE: Tire age
Great question.

Many tire places will have you believe a tire's safe working life is 6 years from data of manufacture.

I am however uncertain whether insurance companies employ any sort of rule, I suspect they do.

Hopefully someone informed will be able to shed some light.
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27-03-2017, 10:40 AM
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RE: Tire age
Speaking from Personal experience. My previous E39 had Firestones on it made in 2007. I drove those tyres until they were down to the legal minimum tread depth. Not a days issue. You could see the rubber was old however and that the rubber was starting to perish...

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27-03-2017, 11:31 AM
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RE: Tire age
Interesting topic! Especially on weekend cars...

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27-03-2017, 11:39 AM
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RE: Tire age
I might be wrong, but legally, there is no limit on the age of the tyre, they only look at tread depth. Some insurance companies might look at the age of the tyre to try and get away from paying out a claim... All of my vehicles have spare tyres older than 6 years, hey some are 13 years old already, and spare has never been used.

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27-03-2017, 11:51 AM
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RE: Tire age
(27-03-2017 11:39 AM)H|TM@N Wrote:  I might be wrong, but legally, there is no limit on the age of the tyre, they only look at tread depth. Some insurance companies might look at the age of the tyre to try and get away from paying out a claim... All of my vehicles have spare tyres older than 6 years, hey some are 13 years old already, and spare has never been used.

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27-03-2017, 11:51 AM
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RE: Tire age
The total condition of tyres is looked at during assessment following an accident. More so with fatalities and especially when a "blowout" is suspected cause. this would include the age of the tyre where the structure of the tyre may be compromised due to age.=)
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27-03-2017, 11:55 AM (This post was last modified: 27-03-2017 12:01 PM by Bandile.)
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RE: Tire age
I have a document that explains just that, can't remember where I got it from though. Very useful info about tyres on it. It's not really the legal side of things but maybe insurers looking to screw you on a claim might use the info as an argument. If I can just attach it SmashScreen.

But to answer your question, according to the document, tyres have a 4 year validity period from date of manufacture, and all tyres have this marked.

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27-03-2017, 12:07 PM
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Tire age
Tire manufacturers state 6 years from date of manufacture. In the pic attached the tire was made in the 36th week of 2001. So then 6 years from whatever date is shown on the tire. No idea if insurance ppl look at that tho. It seems likely tbh

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27-03-2017, 12:35 PM (This post was last modified: 27-03-2017 12:37 PM by WIDEOPN-X3.)
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RE: Tire age
(27-03-2017 12:07 PM)peanut125i Wrote:  Tire manufacturers state 6 years from date of manufacture. In the pic attached the tire was made in the 36th week of 2001. So then 6 years from whatever date is shown on the tire. No idea if insurance ppl look at that tho. It seems likely tbh

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Any assessor worth his salt will do=)

Just keep in mind that an old / perishing tyre renders the vehicle unroadworthy.
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27-03-2017, 12:47 PM
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RE: Tire age
(27-03-2017 12:07 PM)peanut125i Wrote:  Tire manufacturers state 6 years from date of manufacture. In the pic attached the tire was made in the 36th week of 2001. So then 6 years from whatever date is shown on the tire. No idea if insurance ppl look at that tho. It seems likely tbh

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27-03-2017, 01:54 PM
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Tire age
Maybe I should change my spare now. My 325xi is from 2002. The spare is original since I never needed it (have roadside assistance and free towing).That makes it, eh, 15 years old but it still looks brand new in the trunk. Hehe...


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28-03-2017, 03:33 AM
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Tire age
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Tire manufacturers state 6 years from date of manufacture. In the pic attached the tire was made in the 36th week of 2001. So then 6 years from whatever date is shown on the tire. No idea if insurance ppl look at that tho. It seems likely tbh

Bought the Pirelli P7 last week for the bimmer. It said the warranty was for 7 years so I would think you can keep those tires longer since the warranty expires after 7 years. If they really held up should last a little past that time. Maybe 8-9 years but I'd use up my tread probably before that so won't be able to find out...


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