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Attached pics would convey all my concerns about the current set of tires. All tires are quite similar except for the one pic with the cracks near the rim (on only one tire). Tread depth is about 4-5/32 have a mileage of about 40K miles on them. Date of manufacture on tires is 0212 / 0312.










I do regularly check the tire pressure. I usually drive about 5 miles to fill air and then get the pressure to 34psi against the recommended 30 (cold). Should I change anything?
 

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5 years and a zillion heat cycles is pretty much the life of tires. Cracks in the sidewall rubber always concern me. It means the elasticity is gone in the rubber, plus, 4/32 isn't much tread in wet winter weather.

I would not hit the highway on those, but around town they would probably make it through winter... If you can swing it, I'd recommend going new.
 

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Was this tire made in year 2000? It is crapped out... Why are these GoodYear Inffinity tires so cracked? :surprise:
You do tend to rub it in hard lol :brick:

Any ideas why they could be so cracked? Tire pressure is regularly checked. Is it the Florida heat? Car is unfortunately not garaged.

5 years and a zillion heat cycles is pretty much the life of tires. Cracks in the sidewall rubber always concern me. It means the elasticity is gone in the rubber, plus, 4/32 isn't much tread in wet winter weather.

I would not hit the highway on those, but around town they would probably make it through winter... If you can swing it, I'd recommend going new.
Not much of winter here but have to do 80% highway with weekly 350-400 miles.


Have been thinking about replacing the steel wheels for sometime. A couple of the current ones are slightly bent at the outer rim. Any recommendations for decent tires and wheels combos?
 

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Any ideas why they could be so cracked? Tire pressure is regularly checked. Is it the Florida heat? Car is unfortunately not garaged. Not much of winter here but have to do 80% highway with weekly 350-400 miles.
Just reminds me of tires on a new truck I bought long ago. Truck parked outside yr. round & with in 4 yrs. sidewalls were developing cracks (thread depth still good) just like in your pics. I live in hi desert, harsh climate & intense sun.

Anyhow, I replaced those tires for peace of mind. Good luck on what ever u decide.
 

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You do tend to rub it in hard lol :brick:

Any ideas why they could be so cracked? Tire pressure is regularly checked. Is it the Florida heat? Car is unfortunately not garaged.



Not much of winter here but have to do 80% highway with weekly 350-400 miles.


Have been thinking about replacing the steel wheels for sometime. A couple of the current ones are slightly bent at the outer rim. Any recommendations for decent tires and wheels combos?
Yeah for sure, Florida and un-garaged makes all the difference. South/Eastern Florida on the ocean coast? :surprise: I never threw a brick, but my honesty should always be appreciated... Those GoodYear Inffinty's are also not very good quality to start with.

http://www.1010tires.com/Packages/2004/Toyota/Corolla/4-Dr-Sedan-CE-195-65R15-89-S-6-5x15/195-65R15-89S/49088
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I am now actively looking for new tires and maybe wheels also. However, the combo is getting costly and close to $1000. Maybe tires only :crying:
 

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Look on Craigslist. You may find a decent set of 9th gen corolla S or xrs rims with tires that need to be replaced. You'll never know.
 

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Look on Craigslist. You may find a decent set of 9th gen corolla S or xrs rims with tires that need to be replaced. You'll never know.

Found one with stock 195/65/15 but with Mastercraft tires. What do you think of the brand? -

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/wto/5867170311.html

And couple with 185/65/15? Change of size. -

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/wto/5867170311.html
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/wto/5858443176.html

Damn !!! Just fixed my odometer :laugh:

Any suggestions?
 

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Look on Craigslist. You may find a decent set of 9th gen corolla S or xrs rims with tires that need to be replaced. You'll never know.

Found one with stock 195/65/15 but with Mastercraft tires. What do you think of the brand? -

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/wto/5867170311.html

And couple with 185/65/15? Change of size. -

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/wto/5867170311.html
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/wto/5858443176.html

Damn !!! Just fixed my odometer


Any suggestions?
The last link for the Prius wheels looked good. They all look decent. I have heard of the name Mastercraft, however, I don't know if they are related to Ford or the boat manufacturer. It's really on what you want. Just ask the seller if you can test fit the wheels to check the turn in and turn out and stance. Just keep in mind, when you go +1 size on the tire, it will act differently. Are you planning any suspension upgrades?
 

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Got new front struts about 25k miles or 2.5 years back. Nothing new on anvil. What I want for tires/wheels is something which is stable durable and safe.

Re: Mastercraft not too good reviews on Tire Rack.
 

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Then the Prius setup may work best since it has low rolling resistance rubber. Do you commute over a large distance and how often?
 

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If you just had those 3 choices, I'd buy the last set listed if the 2004-2009 Pris wheels.

If you want the best tires for the price, skip buying rims (unless there is something wrong with yours) and buy a good set of tires only.

In Florida and assuming you don't travel to snow states during winter, all season or summer tires are all you need. You can get awesome performance tires for Florida that have bad snow traction and worse reviews.

Based on reviews, I would recommend Continental PureContact, General Altimax RT43 (H or V Rated), Pirelli P4 Four Seasons, or Kumho Solus TA71.

For the price, the General Altimax RT43 is hard to beat. It also won its comparison test on Tirerack.
 

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I saw that Firestone and Walmart have bf deals on tires. Walmart is selling Goodyear's, but look closely for the correct sizes.
 
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