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Something you should know about your tires.

Post by JJ » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:57 pm

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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by Zeke » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:30 am

Yet another thing to worry about :(

((Quick explanation: tires should not be used after four years of age, even if they are new. The date code is three digits for the 1990s and four digits for the 2000s. First two digits for the week number (week of the year) and last one or two digits for the year.))

I checked my 94 Cherokee and found 1107 on the tires I bought in April of last year, so they were pretty fresh. The spare shows 074 so it has been around since I was young.

On the 2007 Montego, which appears to have been built in May of 2006, the tires show 3605 so they had aged nine months already. (What is a Mercury's gestation period?)

The quick takeaway from this is that any tire with a three digit number is too old. And any four digit number earlier than 2804 is already expired!

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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by todd » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:40 pm

Good reminder.

I read about this years ago, but of course forgot.

Especially nice because I'll be buying tires this fall.
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by JJ » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:27 am

There is one exception to the rule, but this only applies to Dunlop tires. It doesn't matter how old or new they are, they are all bad.
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by Electrohacker » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:24 pm

JJ wrote:There is one exception to the rule, but this only applies to Dunlop tires. It doesn't matter how old or new they are, they are all bad.
or under inflated firestones (aka the exploder tire)
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by andysinnh » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:43 pm

So let's be clear - a tire does not "expire" after 4 years of age. What they're telling people is to not buy 4 or 5 year old tires as NEW and then expect to run them another 4-5 years. 10 year old tires have a lot of issues with rubber drying out and just general integrity issues. My Montego was made in June '06 and has 4505 tires on it. So today they're close to 3 years old - but the rubber is pliable and like new - and I figure that by 2012 or so they'd be getting near the edge (but they'd wear out before then for sure).

So - the lesson to be learned - check the date when you buy new tires to make sure your "tire clock" starts sooner to when you buy them as opposed to later...


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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by Zeke » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:06 am

andysinnh -- I'm still not clear on this, so consider two cases:

First case: I get the tire immediately after it's manufactured. How long can I use it?

Second case: I get the tire four years after manufacture. How long can I use it?

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Post by RStabb » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:25 pm

The story smells like bullshit. Now that we know the code, go check the date on your tires.

I'm sorry that man died but who really knows the real reason his tire failed.

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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by angel500 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:07 pm

I think the point of the story is to be aware of the age of your tires. And to look at that date when purchasing tires. Why buy tires that are 10 years old or 5 years old when buying what should be new tires? I know I never thought about tire age until I got this in email a few weeks back. At least now I'm aware for next time. For those already familiar with that kind of information then there's probably nothing new here or even an alarmist piece. Even so I think there's good information in the report.

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Post by PaulRH » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:55 am

If you notice when they are walking through the warehouse of vehicles that were in accidents, most of them were Ford Explorers. Even the test vehicles were Ford Explorers.

Ford had a problem about 5-8 years ago with Firestone tires on Explorers peeling off from the tread. I had a 97 Explorer and I got 2 sets (5 tires per set) of new tires in a 3 year period because of a recall from Ford. The first recall, Ford replaced all tires with new Firestone tires. The second recall banded Firestone tire on all Ford Explorers and all Ford products built after that.

I had my Explorer for 7 years and never had to buy tires for it. :D
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by PMCErnie » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:40 am

The conlusion of the video was clear. Discard tires after 6 years from manufacture date. No exceptions.
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by Electrohacker » Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:49 am

PaulRH wrote:If you notice when they are walking through the warehouse of vehicles that were in accidents, most of them were Ford Explorers. Even the test vehicles were Ford Explorers.

Ford had a problem about 5-8 years ago with Firestone tires on Explorers peeling off from the tread. I had a 97 Explorer and I got 2 sets (5 tires per set) of new tires in a 3 year period because of a recall from Ford. The first recall, Ford replaced all tires with new Firestone tires. The second recall banded Firestone tire on all Ford Explorers and all Ford products built after that.

I had my Explorer for 7 years and never had to buy tires for it. :D
the other part of one of those recalls was to replace the recomended pressure decal. the original decal (that's still on mine) recomends 28PSI (A HUGE PART OF THE PROBLEM), the replacements said either 32 or 35 I cant remember, I run all terrains at the tire manufacturer maximum of 50PSI (or near it 45-48)
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by k » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:09 pm

I used to go sears to get new tires. I think I will not buy from Sears again.
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by JJ » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:17 pm

k wrote:I used to go sears to get new tires. I think I will not buy from Sears again.
Sears overcharges for tires.
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Re: Something you should know about your tires.

Post by Edsel II » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:27 pm

My '69 Eldorado had Winston tires with a sales receipt from 1976 when I sold it a few years ago.
Hope the new owner bought tires by now...

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