aging differences between brands

aging differences between brands

I have a vehicle that is always parked outdoors with no cover, and on which I put very few miles. Tires age and crack before the tread wears out. I am inclined to put the least expensive tires available on it for that reason. Are there significant differences between brands as to how tires will age in these conditions? What other factors should I be considering? The vehicle is a 1989 Toyota pickup, 130,00 miles.

Tire Deterioation:

Based on what you've told us, your tires are deteriorating mostly due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation exposure and less than adequate storage conditions.

The best conditions possible are cool and dry locations, and if the vehicle is not being used for a long period it would be best to have it raised up on blocks and the air pressure in the tires lowered or completely un-inflated when not in use.

If it is not possible to get ideal conditions, do as much as you can to get the closest to them as you can. Example, find a shaded place where your tires are not exposed to direct sunlight. Or maybe place some covers over the tires to cut down exposure to sunlight. Every little bit will help.

I am not aware of any significant difference between tire brands where exposure to ultraviolet light is concerned so your choice of the least expensive tires is likely your best choice.


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