Cross linking increases the density of the rubber, causes color fading and reduces the strength, flexibility and over all durability of the tire. Fading may appear before or in tandem with cracking. For maximum effect, it is advisable to reapply the Protector product roughly every 30 days, and more frequently after periods of driving in rain or snow. Your tires will also stay cleaner because of the water repellent and anti-dust protection provided by 303 Protectant. Those cracks aren't bad, but you probably want to start planning for a replacement set in the next half year or so. What Does Dry Rot Look Like? I am always looking and trying new things.
I work in local government and we had a lawyer come give a several hour class on vehicle safety with the majority of emphasis on tire wear and cracks. I used to do autoglass for a couple years right out of high school. Most tire shines contain petrochemicals and silicone that will dissolve the wax protectant, antioxidant and antiozone added by the tire manufacture leaving your tire with less protection from dry rot. I have some old Firestone ribs, and the tread is great, but they are dry and hard, and I want to bring em back to life and run em. Tires are subjected to all sorts of harsh conditions, and the rubber in tires naturally degrades over time. Dry rot is a term people use to describe the visible signs of a decaying tire.
These protectants don't work as well when the tires remain stationary for long periods of time. If anyone finds something or knows of anything else to do the trick keep us all posted and i will do the same. Most tire manufacturers actually recommend replacing tires once they reach 6 years old regardless of how good the tread depth appears to be. I went over them with a fine tooth comb, and they are perfect condition. Tires that are under-inflated cause added pressure to tires, further expanding cracks within the sidewall. Now, obviously, the easy lawyery answer is that as soon as one little crack develop you should replace the tire.
Doesn't seem like enough time for supposedly top quality tires to develop cracks regardless. The water-based tire protectant douses the sidewalls in moisture, protecting them against dry rot and giving the rubber a rich, waxy gleam. If the last 4 digits are 4312, the tire was made the 43rd week of 2012. Rubber breaks down over time and your tires are always exposed to harsh elements like atmosphere, sun damage, etc. If however the tires are still on the vehicle, it really is a good idea to and remove the tires from the wheels.
Seems like the sun may be a more critical issue than age. ?? If the tires are still mounted on wheels, use a wheel brush to clean the wheels with an approved cleaner as well. Since tires are made up of a rubber compound, which is a mixture of polymers, mainly natural rubber and synthetic rubber, photo degradation immediately takes place when tires are exposed to the sun. For the purpose of repairing your tires it is advisable to buy water based products. For one thing, no mechanic is going to repair the tire, they are just going to advice you replace them. Practical Machinist is the easiest way to learn new techniques, get answers quickly and discuss common challenges with your peers.
As a long-time vehicle owner, you understand the importance of replacing your tires when they become too worn out to provide adequate traction. Tread compound cracking is a permanent condition that requires the tires to be replaced. Cracking appears when the polymers in the rubber start to break apart. He had some rubber suction cups off an old Transcontinental antenna, they looked like dried up turds, he soaked them and they turned back into suction cups. Burn out a couple of times.
Many people associate ozone with the atmosphere, but the gas can also be produced by static electricity from machines. Sometimes tire sidewall cracks are actually caused by the tire scraping against the curb. Can you please explain why I'm right? Uses for the are endless. Man, if that were the case, you could save loads of money buying dry rotted tires instead of new ones. I used to do autoglass for a couple years right out of high school. The Rubber on the tires was oxidized but not cracking yet.