Chances are, there's some sourceless bit of knowledge rattling around in your head. You don't know how it got there or where it came from, but you believe it. Maybe your convictions on tire life falls into that category. We've always held that that our favorite round rubber bits had a use life of about two years before age had a serious negative impact on performance. Turns out, we were wrong. Way wrong.
Jon and Adam Inocelda, Owners and Operators of A & J Automotive Repair and Fleet Services, has been in business for the last 11years, and they say that given proper storage and care, tires can last you up to a decade.
"I won't say a tire has the shelf life of stone," Jon said, "but it's close to that LOL."
When properly stored in a climate controlled warehouse, tires have an almost unlimited shelf life, and once they're on the road, proper care can add many years to a tire's life.
"In general, we see six years of service with no more than 10 years of total life since manufacture."
A & J Automotive Repair and Fleet Services calls this the 6 or 10 rule, and those two numbers are important. In this case, service is any time the tire is on the vehicle, in use, or stored outside. Exposure to ozone or UV rays shortens that lifespan, as do wide swings in temperature.
Of course, that all depends on where you live and how you drive.
"The reality is, service life can vary so much from one driver to another and one part of the country to another, that it's really difficult to say that it's X [years]," Jon said.
Instead of marking a date on your calendar, A &am