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Old 8th April 2010, 13:13   #1
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One of my Michelin Certis 185/60 R14 tyres has developed a bubble and needs to be replaced. The other 3 are ok with good tread life to last another 15000 kms.
I wanted to buy a couple of used tyres from a tyre dealer.(which are basically changed when the previous owner upgraded or upsized and which are not more than 2-3 years old).
I was offered 185/60 R14 Good Year Eagles with decent and even tread remaining at Rs 1500 a pair.
The dealer also offered me New Old Stock Michelin Vivacy 185/60 R14 tyres for Rs 2200 each. The tyres were manufactured in 2003 and are unused and were stocked in a warehouse away from the elements.
Is it advisable to buy such a tyre? While researching on the Michelin's UK or US website they have said that it is OK to use a tyre up to 10 years old but it needs to be checked annually. Please advice.
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....While researching on the Michelin's UK or US website they have said that it is OK to use a tyre up to 10 years old but it needs to be checked annually.
Could you please post a link to this exact page?

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See link When to change? / Buying Guide / Home - www.michelin.in.
Go to the section" If your tyre is over aged".
It is avaiable on the Indian website also.

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"The usable life of tyres varies enormously and is impossible to predict. For this reason, Michelin recommends that all drivers pay attention to the external appearance of their tyres, to any loss of inflation pressure or any abnormal occurrence (vibration, noise, lateral pull) which might demonstrate the need to replace them.

Moreover, in addition to regular inspections and tyre pressure adjustment, Michelin also recommends that all tyres (including those on spare wheels, trailers, caravans and camping cars), are inspected regularly by a tyre specialist, who can assess whether they should continue in service. After five years or more of use, this inspection must be carried out at least once a year. Where necessary, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on replacement of original parts.

As a precaution, if the tyres have not been replaced 10 years from their date of manufacture, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tyres even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator. "
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