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97 v8 AWD - bad tires - one has cracks and leaks in cold - Fix A Flat??

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by EY LeBlanc, January 13, 2019.

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      All tires need to be replaced and I intend to in a couple of weeks - just trying to make it a couple of weeks.

      Friday went to car and driver side front tire was 75% deflated. Took it to a Tire Repair guy nearby. He said no holes. One tire has visible cracks - he said in very cold weather tire will leak through the cracks.

      Should I use Fix a Flat as a preventative measure? Should I see if I can buy just a canister of compressed air.

      I'm hoping to make it about 10 days when I will be driving (if tire cooperates) by Junkyard (120 miles from home) and they have a set of 4 Hankooks 235/75/15 with good tread for $200. Just need to survive until then.
       
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      I’d surely not be driving on old cracked tires 120 miles from home. Fix-a-flat is a garbage product and makes a mess inside the wheel.
       
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      The only problem is those Goodyear Wranglers are notoriously crappy tires. I’d wouldn’t ship them, either. You can get those at the local Walmart for $75 a piece.
       
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      what is a typical cost on a per tire basis to mount a tire?
      tirerack has the goodyears for $380 - but I don't want to spend that much... of course I also don't want to be stranded somewhere...

      Junkyard has several sets with tread depth almost original for $200 for set of 4.

      I'm stumped.. I see the risk of driving as it is - but much prefer the junkyard cost of $200
       
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      $75- + tax each or about $330- total. My mail order ones that I purchased last year had all the same date codes down to the week and they were 2 weeks new. Here at the local Walmart one of their tires might be two months old and the next one 3. I have had really good performance out of mine and get 50000 to 60000 miles out of them. That is all that I have on 4 of my Explorers and 1 Mountaineer.
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      Ditto, it's better to buy something closer if the old tires are that bad. Here's one on Amazon that runs about $236 a set, available from a couple of sellers without charging taxes, all free shipping.
      https://www.amazon.com/Nexen-NPriz-All-Season-Radial-Tire/dp/B01MCU10AU?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_2

      Mounting tires is expensive now everywhere. It's easily $75 minimum for that, lots more at many shops. That Nexen has good reviews on Amazon, but I'm sure it's a low end tire, not great in the rain etc. I tried that brand one time on my Crown Vic, a different model tire, but it's horrible in the rain. With tires, the price often matches the quality.
       
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      What does it matter if a tire is a month older? I wouldn’t care if the new tires mounted on my car were all 6 months old.
       
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      of course my spare is probably 21 years old and its different than what is on the vehicle now...
       
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      -I guessed about $20 a tire for the works per tire.
      -One time a few years back I had to use a heavy wire brush on a drill to clean the dried up Fix-a-Flat off of the inside of 4 aluminum rims. I do remember that it took a while.
      -The tread on the Wranglers even though not good in my topsoil or red clay, saved me from totaling my Explorer and a Toyota that a 80 yo women turned in front of me... The tread design locked me down good to the pavement and kept me from T-boning her.
       
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      Ok folks, I have run out of time for "hair splitting" here. I've got to drive over to my Mustang Shop and do something. Later Taters and Carrots !
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      @CDW6212R "Mounting tires is expensive now everywhere. It's easily $75 minimum for that, lots more at many shops."

      I bought a manual tire changing stand for $35 on sale at Harbor Freight. It easily busts the beads loose, mounting new tires is a snap. Have mounted the last 10 tires I bought myself. Two sets of 4, one each as the Chinese tires crapped out one at a time. Last two I bought Generals, forget the quality, but they both required NO balancing when I spun them. Local tire guy charges $10 each to balance tires hand-carried in. Plus, I have the satisfaction of wrenching my aching arthritic shoulders with a 4-foot long tire-iron, something my wife keeps encouraging me to exercise or face them getting worse. Now if I can stop stubbing my toes on the feet of the damned thing....imp
       
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      I see your point saving loot, but driving 120 miles on questionable tires is not a good idea IMO. Okay, one slow leaks and goes flat, okay. One blows out and you wreck, not okay.

      If you were way closer, I have two sets of used I would give you. But I'm in Wyoming...
       
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      maybe I need to buy one used but good any brand 235/75/15 to get me to the junkyard where I can pick up Hankook DynaPro ATs for $200
       
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      Spare tire?
       
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      I think it was one of the original tires from 21 years ago. so old its from back when tires were square.
       
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      Like, Square Wheels?
       
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      Find a new/decent one and put it on your spare. That way, you won't have to double pay for mounting and balancing. You're going to have to replace it anyways...
       
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      If You come across a Firestone tire that came as Original Equipment on a Ford Explorer, tell the possessor of it to burn it, shred it or throw it in a dumpster. It is believed that the Firestone tires that came stock on The Explorers were the cause of the rollover accidents.
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      This has been beat to death, but it wasn’t really Firestone’s fault. Ford recommended too low of a pressure to improve the crappy ride quality, and people way overreacted to a simple blow out. I had a sidewall blow out on my newer Mounty (old cracked tires I bought it with one day after purchase) and it wasnt even remotely scary.

      If you ran the Firestone’s at 32 psi there’d be no issue. We ran like 5 sets of them on our 91 and on a Wagoneer.

      ANY tire that’s 21 years old isn’t fit for road service.
       
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      OP - One way or another replace your dry, cracked, leaking ancient tires with new or nearly new tires. Driving around on old tires is dangerous. Driving a tall SUV on old tires can cost you your life.
       
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      only one is obviously cracked and leaking. all are old but one is the black sheep.
       
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      If you're AWD it's very important to have all 4 tires to be as near as possible to the same diameter. Brand new tires from different manufactures can vary in diameter even when they are the same size. With AWD it's best to buy tires in sets of 4 and rotate them regularly.

      Also, you have to be concerned about how old tires are. Cracks on the outside aren't the only thing to worry about. Tires have a coded manufacture date on them. I'd say tires older than 6 years of use or 10 years from the build date (irregardless of how much thread is left) should be replaced.

      how can i decode tire manufacture date - Google Search
       
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