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tire rot
« on: November 22, 2015, 12:55:30 AM »
I have a Nissan Altima that I use as my every day car.  I average about 35 mpg in this very comfy car.  I mostly use it for visiting clients and taking them to lunch.  Client visits and lunches are a major part of my income, so this car cannot go away.  I also get far more in expensed mileage than I spend.  I also have a pickup that I inherited, meaning free cost of acquisition.  I use the truck for picking up lumber ( I'm a woodworker and make a lot of furniture).  I also use the truck for camping, hauling home improvement supplies, and hauling the bicycle when I want to ride way over there.   I've run the numbers and it is about a wash between liability insurance and annual registration vs renting when I need a truck. 

My problem is tires.  Since the truck only gets about 3 or 4 thousand miles per year, it sits a lot.  This sitting around causes tire dry rot.  Is there something that I can do to lessen the dry rot?  I put a new set of tire on it 3 years ago, but they are showing a lot of cracking.  I'm in north TX if that helps. 


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Re: tire rot
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2015, 08:24:29 AM »
not an expert, but RV people seem to always cover their tires?

I imagine that just driving the truck around the block every now and then might help?

I've wondered about this myself, as I have been to junkyards and pick'n'pull yards that had thousands of cars on them....some seem fine, some tires are flat so might even be a brand/type issue.


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Re: tire rot
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015, 08:50:52 AM »
Glycerin works well from what I've heard; just rub a small amount on, it will help maintain moisture and protect it. You can probably get it at a local drug store or amazon. I haven't done this, but I know at least one of the local tire shops does and a few of the guys who hobby race and have expensive tires that sit half the year.

*I'm not a mechanic or someone who works at a tire shop, it is just what I've heard of people doing.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2015, 08:52:26 AM by Civex »


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tire rot
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2015, 09:50:46 AM »
Cover them. Or park in the shade. It's the UV rays that really does the damage.  Glycerin will make them look shiny but won't stop the rot.

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