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Old 04-14-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
Just Ray
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When to buy new tires

Hello everyone,

I own a 2002 For Explorer.

It's coming up on 60,000 miles.

I think it's time to replace te tires but my wife does NOT.

Does anyone know home many mile the original tires were "supposed" to
last ?

IE: We they the 50 k variety ?

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Old 04-14-2005, 13:01   #2 (permalink)
D.D. Palmer
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Re: When to buy new tires

Replace them when they wear out. Buy a tire gauge for about $2. When it gets
to about 4/32nds, it's time. In Pennsylvania they will not pass safety
inspection when they go to or below 3/32nds. Around here tires last 20,000
to 30,000 miles (up and down steep hills all day). But even in the
flatlands, I would guess that 60,000 would be time. Tell wife to quit being
pennywise and pound foolish.

"Just Ray" <raymond.kode@thomson.com> wrote in message
news:1113495215.639276.181780@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
> Hello everyone,
>
> I own a 2002 For Explorer.
>
> It's coming up on 60,000 miles.
>
> I think it's time to replace te tires but my wife does NOT.
>
> Does anyone know home many mile the original tires were "supposed" to
> last ?
>
> IE: We they the 50 k variety ?
>



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Old 04-14-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
Mikepier
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Re: When to buy new tires

Ray, tell your wife to shut up. Go out and get new Michelin tires and
tell her to have dinner ready on the table when you come home.
All of a sudden now we have women who tell us when its time to get
tires.

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Old 04-14-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
Mike Iglesias
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Re: When to buy new tires

In article <1113495215.639276.181780@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com>,
Just Ray <raymond.kode@thomson.com> wrote:
>Hello everyone,
>
>I own a 2002 For Explorer.
>
>It's coming up on 60,000 miles.
>
>I think it's time to replace te tires but my wife does NOT.
>
>Does anyone know home many mile the original tires were "supposed" to
>last ?
>
>IE: We they the 50 k variety ?
>


Replace them if they're worn out or damaged. I had a set of Michelin
LTX M/S on my 94 Explorer that lasted 80k miles.


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Old 04-14-2005, 16:01   #5 (permalink)
Jonah
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Re: When to buy new tires

Then be prepared to sleep on the couch!

Have you examined the tires? Check the wear bars, they're there to tell you when it's time to replace them. If you've
noticed a significant decrease in performance, replace them. If they're unevenly worn or damaged, replace them (and get
an alignment). Don't scrimp on tires. They are what keeps you on the road and helps you stop. Everyone who's ever
tried the Michelins will tell you they're worth every penny.

Mikepier wrote:
> Ray, tell your wife to shut up. Go out and get new Michelin tires and
> tell her to have dinner ready on the table when you come home.
> All of a sudden now we have women who tell us when its time to get
> tires.
>

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Old 04-14-2005, 21:01   #6 (permalink)
R&B
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Re: When to buy new tires

The first time you hit water flowing across the road at speed, you will know
you need new tires. For safety reasons, and to prevent potential deadly
hydroplaning, go ahead and replace them.
Ron


"Just Ray" <raymond.kode@thomson.com> wrote in message
news:1113495215.639276.181780@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
> Hello everyone,
>
> I own a 2002 For Explorer.
>
> It's coming up on 60,000 miles.
>
> I think it's time to replace te tires but my wife does NOT.
>
> Does anyone know home many mile the original tires were "supposed" to
> last ?
>
> IE: We they the 50 k variety ?
>



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Old 04-14-2005, 23:02   #7 (permalink)
Scott Stone
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Re: When to buy new tires

R&B wrote:
> The first time you hit water flowing across the road at speed, you will know
> you need new tires. For safety reasons, and to prevent potential deadly
> hydroplaning, go ahead and replace them.
> Ron


I will second that! I live in the mountains of Wyoming, and we replace
our tires at roughly 1/3 of treat left. When you hit snow, ice, water
on the road, etc. the worn tire will not grip.

The cost of the tires is a whole lot less than the repairs to the
vehicle, down time, missed work in dealing with it, increased insurance
rates due to the accident, etc.

And I personally want to see that my family is safe, no matter who is
driving. But then we put on about 25-30k miles each year.

I consider it cheap insurance.

JMHO.

Scott

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Old 04-15-2005, 11:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: When to buy new tires

On 14 Apr 2005 09:13:35 -0700, "Just Ray" <raymond.kode@thomson.com>
wrote:

>Hello everyone,
>
>I own a 2002 For Explorer.
>
>It's coming up on 60,000 miles.
>
>I think it's time to replace te tires but my wife does NOT.
>
>Does anyone know home many mile the original tires were "supposed" to
>last ?
>
>IE: We they the 50 k variety ?


I'm surprised no one has suggested the "penny" check.
Put a penny in the tire groove, and see if the tread reaches Lincoln's
head. If it doesn't, you need new tires.
There are probably wear bars, too; these are raised bars on the tread
that become flat with the raised part of the tread when the tire is
worn to needing replacement.

Tires are not built to last a certain number of miles, despite
advertising and warranties. Road condidtions and driving habits will
affect thread life a lot. When the tread is worn down to the point
where there's not enough left for safe driving (especially in water),
it's time for replacements.
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Old 04-16-2005, 22:02   #9 (permalink)
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Re: When to buy new tires

It all depends on the tires, how you drive, tire rotation, wheel alignment,
how well your wife maintains the tire pressure (sounds like she must be the
one responsible for vehicle safety), etc. Tire mileage varies and the
"mileage rating" is more of a way to *try* and compare how long different
tires might last under similar conditions - not a strict schedule to follow
for replacement. I once had a set of OEM Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires that still
had legal tread depth on them when I took them off - but the rubber was so
hard that they didn't have very good grip any more, even though they
probably would have lasted another 20-30k miles on top of the 80k they had
on them. They were legal, still looked fine, but really weren't as safe as
I'd like them to be.

How much longer do you plan to keep the vehicle? Considering your annual
mileage, if it's more than a year you'll most likely have to replace before
you sell/trade anyway, or discount your price to cover replacement. If
chances are good that you'll sell/trade before a new set would wear out, why
not replace now so you can enjoy the safety and benefits of the new tires
yourself, rather than giving all that new rubber away to the next owner.
Like many things, you can "legally" drive on tires worn past the point where
you probably aren't as safe as you'd like to be. Hydroplaning through a
puddle or sliding off a wet/snowy highway is not how you want to figure out
they're worn enough to need replacement.

I use a similar perspective when deciding when to replace a battery - when
it's reached the end of its expected life, I start watching for sales and
just replace it. I've been stranded by enough batteries that just plain died
with no warning (usually internal shorts) that I'd rather go with a
preemptive replacement. It's worth it to me to spend the $50 when it's
convenient instead of later, when you'll still spend the money and possibly
a couple aggravating hours dealing with it, usually at the worst time
(Murphy's law). If you wait 'til replacement is the only option and the dead
battery ends up stranding you somewhere, you'll wonder if it was really
worth putting off spending that $50 bucks just to try and get another 6
months out of it. True, some can't afford (or seem to find) the money to
make a repair before there's no other choice, but for me it just isn't worth
the hassle of dealing with unexpected problems. Lots of people think
otherwise, and there are plenty of towing companies that make a good living
off of them.

Just my 2 cents.
Steve


"Just Ray" <raymond.kode@thomson.com> wrote in message
news:1113495215.639276.181780@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
> Hello everyone,
>
> I own a 2002 For Explorer.
>
> It's coming up on 60,000 miles.
>
> I think it's time to replace te tires but my wife does NOT.
>
> Does anyone know home many mile the original tires were "supposed" to
> last ?
>
> IE: We they the 50 k variety ?
>



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