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Old 07-20-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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i have a pair of old tires one is pretty new, one sorta old, both been in my garage for about 2 years max. Is it possible to know if they have dry rot/flat spots.

any possible way to prevent these from happening, yes i know its a little late in asking. how should i store them/max time for storing?
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Many years ago it wasn't good to have a car sit resting on the ground with the tires on(stored), but now a days tires are buit better. What you should check for is cracks in the sidewall, and just a general inspection of the tread, both visually and by running your hand along the tread. We're they mounted on rims, or on a car? If they feel and look good, mount them on the car if there not already installed and take it around the block, check for shimmy and keep a feel of the steering wheel. Both will tell you if you have any problems.
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1. put on seatbelt, adjust head restraint, adjust seat for optimal airbag position.

2. Get tires balanced, make sure wheel weights are on good.

3. find a private road that is out in potato land or public no-speed limit road

4. Get car to 100mph, see if it shakes or any vibrations or uneasyness

(thats what I do)

but really if it is bad enough you can often see the issue. the tires on the back of my car are 4 years old and for 2 years the car sat in one spot. they still work fine, I however have replaced the fronts for safety reasons.


Tires are cheap, crashing at 100mph due to a blowout is not.
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The tires on one of my cars in over 20 years old, mang....
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