Long Tire Life

Recently I had a 2013 CR-V in the shop. While looking it over I measured the tires, and there was 3/32nds on the front and 5/32nds on the rear, which is right around when it’s time to get new tires. The tires also had a lot of dry rot cracks developing, which happens to most tires as they get older.


I checked the date codes on the tires and found that they were all made in 2013, meaning that these were most likely the original tires the car came with. What made this really impressive is that the car had 104,000 miles on it. Most tires that I see with tread life guarantees are only 50 or 60,000 miles. These are Michelins, which tend to be the pricier, higher end tires available, so it makes sense that they would last this long. This is in stark contrast to the Bridgestones that are put on the new CR-Vs, that are worn out in less than 30,000 miles.


Another thing with these tires that I hadn’t seen before was just how bad the dry rot was. I’ve seen a lot of dry rot before, but when I was spraying down one of the tires with soapy water to find where it was leaking air, it turned out that it was actually leaking air out of the dry rot cracks. I think it’s time to get new tires, this can’t be that safe.

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