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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Blitzer, Jan 6, 2010.
Aged Tires Hidden Danger - A 20/20 report
Anyone who wants to know the age of there tires can look on the side wall its the last 4 digits of the tire ID number (the tire id # is between 7-12 digits). Thats sad that some dealers would sell 12 year old tires by telling people that they are only 4 years old. Thats somthing I would never do at my shop, If people ask me how old the tires that I am selling them are I show them the sidewall.
Yeehaw! Let's all play Lawsuit Lottery!!
Seriously though I think they ought to at least have a manufacture date on them.
I'm not sure this is news. This shows John Stossel on ABC (he's now with Fox News) and this was shown several years ago.
Buy quality tires and keep the right pressure in them and you will keep tire problems to a minimum.
Buy cheapo's, never check the pressures and you can guarantee problems.
They do the 7-12 digit # on the side wall starting with DOT. The last 4 digits are the week and year they were manufatured. Its stamped on every passenger tire near the bead of the tire. In the picture below its the one that says U.S. DOT tire identification number. Most people just don't know its there or think to check.
Yah, saw that. Your first post went up while I was typing. I'd still be for making it clearer. Something like: This tire was manufactured in April, 2009.
It really can't be clearer if you know what to look for:
There is an oval with 4 numbers in it. (2404)
That would be 2004 and the 24th week.
edit: I had it backward
Next you'll tell me drinking expired milk might be bad for me.
Blitzer- Thank you for posting this video.
If you have a travel trailer, you most likely have already been informed of all this. The tread on the trailer tires may not be worn out, but the side walls can be rotten. Rule of thumb I seen posted is after seven (7) years, it's time for new tires. Most cars with common sizes rarely run into old tires. Trailers with odd ball tire sizes or vehicles with low miles per year can be potential ticking time bombs.
Maybe we need to update "buyer beware" to "consumer beware". Shame on dealers and shops that would sell dangerously old tires to the unsuspecting public.
Oh *** **** it. Another "great" 20/20 "investigation."
Every time they do one of these my father gets to look forward to people coming into his shop frightened to death that their tires are going to explode with the force of a nuclear bomb. Anybody remember the whole Firestone fiasco? I was still working there then, lots of fun.
Either way as mentioned already the manufacture date of every tire is imbedded into the tire. It should be common sense but if you notice cracking and fatigue anywhere on the tire itself you may want to consider getting new ones. I thought that was common sense. Then again I also thought it was common sense for people to check their air pressure until I worked at a shop.
Car tires are made to last six years safely if they are used or not. It's a really serious issue in the desert in the Summer where a lot of tires fall apart and blow out.
It has some good information, but nothing that a consumer who does his research wouldn't already know. People who go to their neighborhood tire place and have the cheapest tire installed are bound to get screwed at some point. It is up to the consumer to know what they want, what they need, and if they are getting their money's worth. It's just like buying anything else.
Yes as with travel trailers this is a huge issue with motor homes that sit for months and even years at a time with no movement. Tire tread looks brand new but the thing is ready to fall apart from age. Boat trailers as well. Wonder why you see so many boats on the freeway with one tire missing.
The year is designated by the last two digits. 2404
Putting nitrogen in your tires will extend their lives to almost indefinite, because the nitrogen molecules will bond with the rubber and form a chemically stable layer of protection that only a unicorn's horn could penetrate.
I knows this cuz the Interwebs told me so!
You get the same benefit by painting your valve stem caps green.
haha... I think the tires I have on my classic chevy are at least 10 years old, maybe more.
Good timing on this. Yesterday i was driving down I-85 toward Charlotte NC I dodged a tire carcass in the highway. about 100 yards down the road was a Ford Expedition on the side of the Highway without a tire. I beat the driver had an interesting few moments.