the tires i bought were Federal Couragia M/T size 235/75/15
they were date coded built in 09, I looked the tires over good before purchase and they were in fine shape.
tire dealer said the PO traded then in for larger tires for his jeep
I did read about some Federal tires having splitting problems, but hea, the 11 year old Firestones on the Jeep had serious splitting problems all around the tires.
I have had two sets of Michelins that split before the stated miles warranty
some tire dressings that make tires shine, but they will dry out the outer layer of rubber and will cause the tires to split. Years of a tire exposed to the sun will cause them to split. The old Firestones that were on the jeep are split bad on the outside, but on the inside sidewall there are no splits. So tire cleaners and sun may have caused the splits.
not to worry, it was only on 265/16s for a period about 3 yrs ago and has long since been taken care of.
Federal is a Taiwan-based company and is actually one of the best 3rd-tier rubber companies around.
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