Tire Questions (Bridgestone Potenza RE92)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by CDMA, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. CDMA

    CDMA Guest

    I have owned my 2000 Prelude since it was new and have driven it very
    responsibly, mostly highway mileage. The car came with Bridgestone Potenza
    RE92 (205/50R16) tires, since I also have an older (second gen.) 1987
    prelude, I don't drive the 2000 that often and have only put 53K miles in
    it, today I noticed the front passenger side tire has cracks all around the
    sidewall, I can only see the cracking on this tire, the others seem ok. I
    check tire pressure every 2 to 3 months and don't recall going over anything
    or hitting a curb that could cause such damage and there are no signs of any
    wear or tear on the wheels and the tires still have excellent tread.

    The questions I have:

    1) is this normal wear or could it be possible I damaged the tire some how?

    2) Has anyone else had any similar experience with these types of tires?

    Thanks, CDMA
    CDMA, Jul 5, 2006
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    Body Roll Guest

    I do not think this normal. Yes, it's possible you trashed it. Good
    No, but now you have an excellent excuse to replace that junk with
    tires. RE92 does not belong on prelude or any other semi decent car.
    Body Roll, Jul 5, 2006
  3. CDMA

    CDMA Guest

    Thanks for the comments Body Roll, Btw, any recommendations on some decent
    tires without having to break the bank?, I do plan on replacing them soon.
    CDMA, Jul 5, 2006
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    Rob Guest

    Is it possible this one tire has more direct sun hitting it day to day?
    Rob, Jul 5, 2006
  5. CDMA

    Body Roll Guest

    Kumho Ecsta ASX is cheap, 712 is marginally better.
    Ecsta MX is a whole lot better and a tiny bit more expensive.
    Look on tirerack.com
    Lots of tests and you can get an idea about prices even if you want to
    buy tires
    from a local ripoff joint.
    Body Roll, Jul 6, 2006
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    CDMA Guest

    Rob, not really, when the car is not in use it is in a garage, it seems to
    me it may be a tire defect, there are not wear marks on the side walls other
    than these cracks, I really take care of this car and cant recall where or
    how I could have done something like that.. I check it on a regular basis,
    but I wondering if low tire pressure could cause something like that.
    CDMA, Jul 6, 2006
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    Stephen H Guest

    The tires are old. 6 years old. This is normal for tires that are old or
    don't get moved enough. It is important for the tires to roll and let the
    oils in the tires move around. Eventually they loose this oil and dry out.
    It varies from tire manufacture to manufacture; but generally 5 to 6 years
    is the life of a tire. On my travel trailer; I change the tires every 5
    years regardless of what they look like.

    Stephen H, Jul 6, 2006
  8. CDMA

    CDMA Guest

    Hi Steve, Thanks for the feedback and I tend to agree with you on the tires
    being old. I will be changing them this week.
    CDMA, Jul 6, 2006
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    tww Guest

    I previously owned a 01 Prelude. In my opinion the OEM RE92s were a lousy
    tire. Replaced them with Bridgestone RE 750s and was quite pleased. You
    might check into http://www.absoluteprelude.com/ for info from other Prelude
    owners on tires and a variety of other info on your Prelude.
    tww, Jul 7, 2006
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    glenf Guest

    I agree with Stephen. When tires on my motorhome are 6 years old and still
    have significant tread depth, they get replaced. And that costs almost

    I had Kumhos on my Miata and was very pleased with them
    glenf, Jul 10, 2006
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