Dating old tires

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Since some shops stock old tires, check the age code to make sure you're not being sold ones that are already several years old and well on their way to needing replacement. But think those ed "hh-performance" or "ultra hh-performance" are better? Tire performance means ability to handle well at hher speeds, not lifespan. Manufacturers often tout mileage warranties — typiy between 50,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on tire type.

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Any tire with "hh-performance" in its name will likely wear out quicker. The mechanic whom I use, however, says, "In truth, drivers never get that kind of mileage from their tires.

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And the heavier the vehicle, the less you should expect — no matter how well you drive." Before buying based on mileage warranties, know the fine-print details: If tires wear out prematurely, you don't just get a new set for free.It can all begin with the Lincoln test: if you see the top of Abe's head when you place a penny upside down into the tread of a tire, it's time to go tire shopping.

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There's a prorated credit for replacements, and for that, you'll likely be expected to prove you properly cared for the tires by keeping them inflated to the rht pressure, alned and rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If your vehicle was manufactured in 2008 or later, chances are it has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which warns when tires are underinflated.

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