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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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I stopped buy our local tire store to have my wheels and tires balanced. Then we noticed a big bulge on the drivers side front tire sidewall. Thank God and didn't pop last night on I 95 coming back from a cruise in. They ordered a new set of F70 Goodyear's will be here next Tuesday. Boy the old tires sure aren't inexpensive. Could have put a new set of radials on the Merc for less. The Goodyear's had a date of 1988. So check your tires old ones just aren't safe. Mine only had about 200 miles on them and the tread looked like new,but the old rubber was starting to check.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 02:42 PM
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You should of splurged and got 4 of them.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I did order a set of four and will keep the best one as a spare. $1219 mounted and balanced.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 04:12 PM
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I just had the same thing happen on the rear tire of my 69 Camaro. BF Goodrich radial T/A. Replaced all four (4) immediately. I got lucky and noticed it by accident. There is a great article in the Nov. issue of Hemmings Muscle Machine titled, Re-Tired. Following is some info contained in the article: "All tires manufactured from 2000 to present contain a code mandated by the NTSAA. The code is found on the sidewall and will consist of "DOT" followed by 12 to 13 letters and numbers identifying the mfg. size, mfg. code and the week and year of mfg. Example: DOTLMLR5107. Were only concerned with the last four. The "51" is the 51st week of the year and the "07" is 2007.

While your tires might look new, they are aging. Lets say you put 1,000 miles on your donuts each year. That's only 12 thousand miles in 12 years & 24 thousand in 24 years. See whats happening? Your tires look new but they are getting dangerously old. Looks can be deceiving. Unless you can remember exactly when you put new tires on I suggest a trip to the garage right now! It'll be cheaper than a trip to the body shop. Being proactive is is always better than being reactive."

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 04:34 PM
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" Being proactive is is always better than being reactive." GREAT POINT TO REMEMBER.

it happen to me last year ...i had parked my 63 Splitwindow in the driveway and just sitting there , the tire blew out .... i had noticed something felt funny driving it , the belt was broke and BOY DID IT BLOW OUT !!

Good thing it was caught in time ...you got lucky !
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 05:25 PM
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Re: Got lucky today

Can't remember how old my fronts were and there was no speed rating on them.
I plan on hitting the track again next Saturday and hope for 10.XX, so I figured better safe than sorry...just put on 2 new H rated tires ...................just in case

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 13, 04:11 AM
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This is an issue frequently discussed on motorhome/camper forums.
The conservative approach on motorhomes is to replace tires every 5-7yrs. Others say that's excessive, that you can go 10yrs.
For me...I've got a major investment in my motorhome, to say nothing of the fact that myself and my family are riding down the road in it. I'll gladly re-tire at the 5yr mark and sleep better. Motorhome tires are more expensive, typically between $300-$600 per tire, depending on your brand preference, but $1800 every 5yrs is mouse testicles compared to the overall cost of ownership. For me, I'm just not going to take that risk.

Same can be said for my car

Tires definitely "age out". Sometimes you can tell by looking at them...cracking sidewalls, unusual bulges, etc., but why take the chance?

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 13, 07:37 AM
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Guess I wasn't so lucky, but lucky just the same with this tire issue.

Was running polyglass F70's a years back and one blew, even though there looked like new tires and were sweet on the car. The lucky part was it was a left rear that went, and was able to finally pull over to the side of the road. Also fortunate it was a country paved road.

The rest of the rubber were re-tired right after this and learned my lesson. Every 6, they just get changed regardless no matter good they look.

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