What a difference a tyre makes

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What a difference a tyre makes

Last February I bought a 2019 Hyundai Kona 4 wd to replace my Yeti . It was fine , but always felt like it had very over-inflated tyres , as the secondary ride especially was pretty awful , as was the tyre noise. Worse still , it was flighty in the wet - very keen to aquaplane despite its weight - and even in diff lock mode very poor on grass etc.  I blamed the size - 235 /18 seems over large for a  small SUV . 

My winter tyres for the Yeti were too small so it was a trip to Donald's  , ,my local tyre guy who has kept me in tyres for 30 years . I opted for Goodyear all seasons , which D spoke highly of . When I picked the car up  the hardly worn originals (Hankook ? ) were nowhere to be seen - I had expected to see them in the car , as usual . And this is where it got interesting...

'I've slung them ' said Donald . And this is why - Donald told me they were incredibly hard , and hence difficult to remove . He's seen it before, including on his own Jaguar and Covid is sort of to blame. My car had done 5000 miles in over 2 years  , the Jag even less , just like some customers whi had had the same problem . 

It appears that long periods of lack of use, with car parked up , often in sunlight can ruin a tyre quickly even though it is hardly worn . I knew old tyres were useless, but didn't realise that newish ones went off so fast . 

The Goodyears are a revelation - hugely improved ride, road noise reduced , wet grip tenacious and mud shrugged off. Some is down to tread  and compound but never have I felt such a difference. 

So if your low mileage 2019/2020  secondhand car bargain has a s*** ride,  and tries to kill you in the wet , now you know .      

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i have slung out a few sets of tyres for being too old despite hardly being worn but never as early as two years.

Stephen

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Re #1, John, perhaps it wasn't just the aging of the rubber on it's own, but, more an issue of the hard rubber used in the low rolling resistance Hankook Kinergy tyres the Kona 4 is often fitted with, especially as the autumn temperatures drop?

James

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I've just picked up a one owner 2013 VW Up on 25000 miles from VW Used & Approved programme.  I managed to get them to change the two front tyres, but I've till got the original rears on.  They need to go.  Im amazed / slightly disappointed that VW will sell a used car with 9.5 year old tyres on, but the tread is fine so it meets their criteria apparently  Thumb Down

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I have had several sets of Goodyear All seasons and can't fault them. They last well too - about 20k miles. 

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I just got a cracking 2010 Fiesta for my son. Only 33000 miles. First thing I did was get 5 new Michelins for it! Better that than drag him out of a ditch...

 

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When I were a lad,  all better tyres achieved for me was a higher entry speed to the ditch Driving

 

# maybe , but they were rubbish in all conditions ! 

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#7 , John that's my experience as well with BF Goodrich Radial T/As!

Luckily none of my kids inherited my bloodhound-esque  ability to sniff out a ditch/hedge/wall at that age.

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Had a similar issue with brake discs actually. sat out getting rusty not being used for ages, then taken for a short trip to a supermarket where the rust get's scrubbed, do that over and over and there's your premature wear!

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The Caterham I bought last summer had original tyres on.  They had done 9500 miles so had a lot of tread.  But being made in 1994 they were astonishingly lacking in grip!!

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Go on then...Worst tyres ever for your Seven.

My first kit(1987) came with Goodyear NCTs, alright on a Capri but on a Seven?

My current came with 15" Michelin Pilots. Even worse and in the bin in a week, back to 13s as well.