Old tires on our cars, for some of us.
This is a reminder for some of us who have multiple vehicles, or way more than we need to have , but don't care. LOL
I currently have 6 registered "daily drivers". 2 registered and insured Camaros that don't get driven very much, and 3 other cars that can be driven by putting insurance on them and pulling them out of non-op status.
That's 11 cars that are drivers. And there's only 2 of us. ( I know, but mental illness is another topic). As hard as I work to maintain these vehicles and keep them in good running condition, as the years roll by, you forget when you last put tires on some of these vehicles. Because it can take 20 years to put 30K on one of them when your driving them all. And the tread always looks good. Make sense?
I had a problem with the RS camaro 6 years ago, when I got in it and discovered a bulge on the right front T/A. Good tread, tire was less than half wore.
Then I was reminded that those tires were purchased in 1997. So they were what? 17 years old! Time slips away from details like this when your living life.
So, me and an old friend who passed away 10 years ago did a frame off resto on a 73 chevy 3/4 ton back in 97. Truck was finished in 98. I helped his wife sell it to a mutual friend of ours back in 2014. He brought it by the shop last week to visit and I was shocked to see the right front fender hammered, door dented, and rear bumper smashed into the bed.
He started to tell me that the tire blew out on the freeway at 65 MPH and spun him around into the center divide. And then he says, "you know how old those tires were?"
Turns out they were the tires me and John had put on it in 97' They looked like new, rode like new, but were death traps waiting to blow. They were 23 years old.
I looked at the wifes Jeep Cherokee 4 days ago that only gets driven between Nov. and April because it has studded snow tires on it. Sits the rest of the year. When I finally put on a pair of glasses and got down close to look at them, they were cracked in the sidewall and tread portion on all 4. I had to really think about when those tires were purchased. Turns out 2005. 15 years old! REALLY?
I bought new tires for it 3 days ago. Actually 2 sets, because I'll start swapping out the studs every year and we can drive it during the summer as well.
So, now I'm doing a massive tire inventory on all of them.
Turns out, the 2 back tires on the black camaro are 23 years old, tires on the 69 suburban are 16 years old, tires on the 69 caddy are 17 years old, 2 back tires on the 55 chevy are 19 years old.
None of these vehicles are going to see the road until they get new rubber. Not just for our safety, but the publics as well.
So, this is just a reminder for the guy's that have waaaay too many rides. Check the dates on your tires. It can get away from you in a hurry.
It's just like when I see my nieces and nephews. Weren't you just like, 10 years old? And now you've got how many kids? LOL
Time is clicking fast, and these tires are sitting there rotting, but still looking good enough to put on the freeway at speed.
But they're not!
And as soon as I can figure out which car, (child) I can let go of, I'm going to lighten the load some. As soon as I'm done buying tires, I'll have the money for a therapist. LOL
Happy new Year, and check those tires!
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