How do I fix dry rotted tires?

My tires have seen better days and it’s starting to affect my car’s drivability. A friend of mine thinks it’s because of dry rot. How can I fix dry rotted tires?

Nick Kunze · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Many mechanics will replace tires when dealing with dry rot, as it usually means it’s time for a new set. However, there are ways to combat and prevent dry rot at home, especially if you catch it early on.
To deal with dry rot tires:
  • Step 1: Wipe the tire down with a water-based degreaser.
  • Step 2: Wait for the tire to dry.
  • Step 3: Saturate the tire with a water-based tire protection solution.
  • Step 4: Repeat monthly to keep your car protected.
These steps will only resolve the problem for so long. Once the cracks cause the tires to be unsafe, it’s time to get them replaced.
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