If your tires are showing signs of dry rot, it’s time to get with the Madison tire specialists at one of Madison Auto Care's seven trusted NAPA service centers.
You were pumping gas on your way home from the Flight of LIghts yesterday when the guy on the other side of the gas pump told you that your tires have dry rot and that you should do something about it.
You thanked him and, when you got home, took a look at your tires. You thought your tires looked fine – plenty of tread with maybe a few smaller cracks on the sides. Now you’re wondering, can tires get dry rot?
The quick answer is yes, your tires can get dry rot. That generally happens to tires that aren’t properly stored or on cars that aren’t driven frequently. You have to admit that, during the pandemic, you’ve mostly stayed around the house and haven’t driven as much as you usually do.
Angie’s List, now called Angi, explains: “Rubber and plastic materials naturally degrade over a period of five to six years depending on the climate, temperature and humidity, the use and storage of the vehicle, and the air pressure levels of the tires. Dry rot is indicated by hard and brittle surfaces on the tires. As the oils in the rubber begin to evaporate, the chemical bonds break down, leaving a dry tire behind.
“The most common causes of dry rot include low inflation of the tires, storage near excessive heat and a lack of use. Constant exposure to sun can speed up the effects of dry rot upon the tires, so if your car sits for long periods of time in balmy Florida, for example, chances are your tires will deteriorate quicker. Finally, if your tires were manufactured several years ago, they could be unwrapping, whether they’ve been on your car the whole time or not.”
Unfortunately, unless you catch it early, there’s not much you can do to prevent dry rot or to repair it. Once it sets in, it’s a matter of safety,
“In most cases, tires with dry rot are probably not safe to drive on. Around town, you may have a little time before you need to replace the tires. Once the cracks reach the cords of the tires, the heat of long distance driving will cause the rubber to expand and the tires to actually break apart while driving,” according to Angi.
A Madison tire technician – like those at Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers – can tell you whether your tires are in safe condition and can be driven. If they are not, Madison Auto Care's tire guys can help you choose the right tires for your car and your driving needs.
You can find a reliable Madison tire specialist at any of Madison Auto Cares seven conveniently located NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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