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#215064 - 07/12/08 12:43 AM Warning: How new are your tires?
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ABC News Report on Tire Ages

Summary -
1) Tire age does not mean miles on the tire.
2) In other countries, tires around 6 years old are recommended to be replaced.
3) To check your tires' age, look for the long set of numbers after "DOT" on your tires' sidewalls (may be on the inside sidewall), and the very last set of numbers is the age. The first 2 numbers are the WEEK of manufacture, and if there is 4 numbers total, then the last two are the year, if there is only a 3rd digit and not a fourth, then that represents 199X.

Example, if it is DOT blah blah blah 0608, then the tire was made the 6th week of 2006. If the tire has DOT blah blah blah 368, then it was made the 36th week of 1998 and it 10 years old. YIKES!
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#215067 - 07/12/08 04:21 AM Re: Warning: How new are your tires? [Re: nickbuol]
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Driving 200 miles a day to and from work I dare say old age isn't a concern of mine whenever it comes to tire wear, I usually get a little over a year before my vehicle is ready for a new set of sneakers, which BTW, Michelins have been very good to me over the years. We just replaced the Pirellis on my wife's car with a set of Bridgestone Turanza Serenities and they, so far, look very promising.
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#215070 - 07/12/08 06:50 AM Re: Warning: How new are your tires? [Re: RickF]
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I think the purpose of the story is that, yes you did buy some new tires but they could be old new ones (manufactured over 6 or so years ago) Still possible risk involved in using them, if that makes sense
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