Is your tire cracking?

We don't blame it, really. Tires are subjected to one of the harshest environments experienced by any consumer product. They roll over bumps, cracks, snow, ice, salt, rocks...and they get covered in brake dust and chemicals, not to mention the fact that they're repeatedly exposed to the sun. Today's manufacturing processes infuse tires with anti-aging elements, but eventually the elements get the best of them and that's when they begin to crack along the surface. 

Whether you call it "weather checking" or "weather cracking,"  maybe even "ozone cracking," it's cracking just the same. Most often you'll notice the damage along the sidewalls, and if the damage goes deep below the surface—odds are good it just might be time for a new tire. And typically, cracking only occurs later in the life of the tire but there are cases where it happens in the early years. Lucky for you, most tire manufacturers cover this in their warranties. Just in case.

Take good care of your tires and you'll prolong the inevitable crack, but again, if you've noticed excessive cracking and feel as though it's time for something new—feel free to shop our inventory by vehicle to find suitable replacements in no time at all.

For more information, read "Rubber Cracking" in our library of Tire Tech articles.


Monday, March 12, 2012 by Dennis J

I have Michelin LTX/AS tires on my Dodge Diesel. The sidewalls are cracked badly with plenty of tread depth remaining. I will not buy these tires again!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Lee Johnson

I currently have 700-15LT tires on my dual axel - 3200lbs - Airstream trailer. GVWR 6800lbs.
Would you be so kind to recommend a primary and secondary's tires to replace these tires. Rational would be helpful to better understand the complexity of tires. Thank you
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by ben@tirerack

Lee, we deal primarily with passenger and light truck tires, and do not have any in the size that you require. Sorry we could not assist.

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