The tires you buy for your car may not be as new as you think, they can potentially be over a decade old and pose a risk of shredding or bursting when you are driving on them. Tire manufacturers are allowed to sell tires over a decade old as new car tires. This article will guide you on how to tell the real age of new car tires.
2010-03-05 1:14am PST
Good information! This is especially useful if you are low on dollars and are looking at used tires, either at a tire dealer or at a wrecking yard. Also, if you are buying a set of tires, be sure that the manufacturing dates are the same or at least close for all tires. This will help ensure that you will receive a consistent batch of tires and one won't need to be replaced early because of age.
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2012-06-05 3:30pm PDT
The tire age code actually is on the OUTER sidewall (the side facing you) and appears after the letters "DOT" (Department of Transportation). Although using five years as your personal limit for tire age is a good idea, all major tire manufacturers advise replacing tires after SIX years.