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Does it really always have to be a new tire? What is the maximum age of a tire before it should no longer be used? The age of a tire is essential as it Quality and also the Safety is guaranteed. We explain everything about how old a tire can be.
The age of "new" tires
Strictly speaking, a tire is only really then newwhen this was newly manufactured. After production, the tire is attached directly to the car or it will be stored in a warehouse for some time. But the length of storage also has an impact on the quality of the tire. In Germany there are clear rules and regulations regarding the storage and age of tires. There are also clear rules that should help the user to determine the age of the tire.
If a tire is properly stored, you can do this amazingly 3 to 5 years as a new tire (new tire) and also refer to it. It should be noted, however, that the tire during this time not driven as it automatically becomes a Used tires will. The age of the tire can be determined with a glance at the tire wall. Information about the Period of manufacture to find. In addition, many other details can be read on the tire wall. The period of manufacture is indicated with four numbers. This number is also called DOT number. This is the respective calendar week and the year in which the tire was manufactured. In the post "Explanation! What do the tire names say?“Further information on the DOT number can be found.
The maximum age of new tires!
For example, if you buy a new set of tires because they may be on sale at the moment, but do not want to install them yet, you will have many questions about the proper tire storage. How long can the tires be stored and when are the tires no longer considered “new”? An important factor is that way of storage. Also the LocationWhere the tires are stored is an important factor. As already mentioned, the tires can up to 5 years are designated as new if they are stored properly. In the post "What you need to know about the correct storage of tires!“, You can read everything about correct tire storage.
The maximum age of used tires!
There are numerous Used Tyres to buy. However, even these tires have at a certain point in time reached the last kilometer. In many cases, they decide kilometers driven and not age about the condition. As you drive, the tires gradually lose tread and thereby the properties that a good tire should have. It does this through friction on the road. Hence is the depth of the profile a good guideline. When the tread depth under 4 millimeters the tires should already be replaced. The TÜV is even stricter and gives one Minimum tread depth from 6 millimeters. The law says, on the other hand, that only from 1,6 millimeters the tire needs to be changed. You can read about this topic in our article "Tire profiles and everything you should know about them!“Read more information.
But that too Age can be a factor for new tires in addition to the tread depth. Therefore the question arises how old the tires may be a maximum of one car. There is a limit to the manufacturer's specifications of 10 years specified. The recommendation from our side is that you should adhere to the information from TÜV and ADAC. And they are explained in the next paragraph.
The maximum age of the tires at TÜV!
The TÜV names one Guide value of 6 years. Regardless of whether there is still enough profile or not. Because also through the Weather conditions the important properties of the tires are lost over time. The components of the tire, primarily the rubber, decompose and volatilize easily itself over time. But the car won't fail just because of the tires at the TÜV. When the tires well stored and have only driven a few kilometers, they can also with an age of 10 years still pass the TÜV.
However, it should be noted that the recommendation of 6 years, which is given by TÜV and ADAC, is given with a reason. Many just ask the simple question "How old can the tires be for the general inspection?". Mostly for reasons of cost. But that is much more important Safety from all road users on the road and in your car. The safety of drivers, passengers and other road users has priority!
The maximum age of motorhome tires
Da campers have to carry a heavy load, the question arises whether these tires have a different age. However, this applies to a motorhome identical guide value like a car. Here, too, the tires need to be changed 6 years to recommend but not mandatory. A look at the tread depth is also important. info: We recommend swapping for a mobile home at the latest after 6 years and when the profile less than 4 millimeters hat.
At the end...
The most important questions about the age of tires have hopefully been answered with this post. A brief overview will be given with the upcoming summary.
- What is the maximum age when buying "new tires"?
- If the tires are stored correctly, they can be used as a new be designated.
- What is the maximum age of tires for public road use?
- The tires have had their day after 10 years and must be replaced.
- What is the maximum age of the tires to pass the HU?
- The TÜV recommends a maximum age of 6 years. But even tires that are 10 years old can still make it through the TÜV.
- The maximum age of the tires according to ADAC?
- Like the TÜV, the ADAC also specifies a maximum age of 6 years.
- The maximum age of motorhome tires?
- There is no law that prescribes the age of tires. However, the legislator recommends changing the tires after 6 to 10 years. We recommend a MAXIMUM of 6 years and a 4 mm profile!
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