I am not a big fan of cheap tires but wanted to see what advice could be given as to tires for a truck that gets driven MAYBE 1500 miles per year. It is a 2000 Chevy S10 2WD with the 4.3L if that matters. I want a good and SAFE tire but realize it will expire due to age and not tread wear.
The rear tires are relatively new and have excellent tread and no evidence to dry rot. The front tires have OK tread but show signs of dry rot and are past the 6 year old age so I feel they need to be changed. I have two spares which are the age of the truck. One is a compact and the other a full size. I recently went over both of these and both are so dry rotted that I don’t even know if you could trust them as a spare.
I was thinking of buying at least 3 tires, maybe 4, for this truck. I called a couple used tire places and they said that tires for these small trucks leave as soon as they arrive because so many people have little Rangers, S-10s, Sonomas, etc. They suggested I buy whatever was cheapest at Wal-Mart. My personal experience with Wal-Mart tires has not been good and know others with similar experiences. I bought a used car with Douglas on it and they were the worst tires I have ever owned. They were downright dangerous and I experienced a structural failure of the tire at highway speeds. The remaining 3 were all showing signs of distress so I changed them all.
My options are as follows.
Leave the rear tires as they are and replace the two fronts and the spare. I really want a spare I can count on but this would be the one where I might consider buying a cheaper grade of tire. I don’t think the fronts would make a good spare considering their age and dry rot. The truck is not my daily driver so I always check the pressure before driving. The fronts are always the ones I add air too and the rears rarely need air. I just don’t think keeping one of the fronts around as a spare makes sense.
Replace ALL 4 tires and use one of the rears as a spare. I really think this would be a waste since I would have to pay two mounting charges to do this and the rears have a lot of life remaining in them. They are probably 85% tread or better. I figure I should put as much wear on these as possible before I have to replace them with decent tread and dry rot. They are already a few years old.
I would ditch the compact spare no matter what once I do something as I would guess no one would sell a new one to fit my rim and no one wants those things anyway.
Of course I don’t want to spend a ton on something that is just going to sit around and rot before it wears out but want it to be safe as well so will forgo saving any money if that is what is suggested. I would also like to get AT style tires which I know are a tad more.