How to Read Car Tires for Tire Age

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A car tire is no longer any good if there is a lot of small dry cracking between the treads, the treads are worn down, and there is cracking when air pressure is added to the tire. Replace a worn tire with help from a certified technician in this free video on tires.

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Hi, I'm Steve Ellis from Burke Motor Company. I'm a Certified Technician. I'm going to show you how to look at a tire and judge the age of the tire and let you know if it's going to be safe on the road. The age of a tire is done by the wear, how far it's worn. If you look at a wear bar, the wear bar will tell you that the tread in the tire is getting old and it's worn down. If you reach a wear bar, the tire is no longer any good. Okay, you look between the tread of a tire and you look for cracking. If there's any dry cracking between the rubber, that means that the rubber is starting to come apart and the tire is not safe. You look at the sidewall of a tire, especially near the rim. If the tire has got a lot of small cracking and dry cracking marks, the tire should be replaced because that tire can blow out. So when you're doing the tire pressure in the vehicle, you look for that and if it does have the cracking, you should plan on replacing the tire. You look close to the rim right here okay, and see if there's any small cracking or dry rot cracking around the rim. When you're putting the air pressure in, you look at it and see if they're cracked. If they are the tire should be replaced. This is where you want to look when you're doing, you're looking for the cracks and you're doing your air pressure. My name is Steve Ellis, Master Technician for Burke Motor Company and I just showed you how to check the age of your tire.

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