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I bought my tires in 2008, I might have 5k miles on them. My car has been sitting in garage for years. I gonna put them on my new cougar . I don't want a blow out with my family riding with me. How old can tires get before they are no good
 

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The 'established' age at which tires should be considered up for replacement due to age is 6 years old.
 

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Keeping them out of the sun was a good choice. Check for dry rot, cracking, etc.

They may have many more miles left in them.
 

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As long as the tires are not full of cracks, have had punctures (causes the steel belts to rust) and not deformed, there is still life in them.

Flexible is what the tires need to be.
Like any other rubber part of a car.
 

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Don't tires develop a dead spot when sitting on a car for so long?

Probably fine but I would look them over real good and test them out a bit.
On old bias ply tires the "flat spot" would seriously degrade the tire's ride. On current radials, they round out after a mile or two driven.
 
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