Q: I work for a small rural fire department that owns many trucks that have tires that are coming to an age, that NFPA suggests we replace. These tires in almost all cases have less than 10,000 miles on them. These trucks all sit in temperature-controlled buildings and the tires are checked at least weekly. I am wondering what the industry is saying about this.
A: The tire industry, in general, and Goodyear, in particular, both feel that age alone is not a reason to remove a tire from service.
If the tires have been maintained as indicated, there is not reason they can not remain in service. For added assurance, it would be a good idea to have the tires inspected by a local tire expert (reputable dealer). Any issues would be visible (weather checking or tread/sidewall damage) so, the tires would not have to be removed from the wheels.