This is very important. Please watch the video.
I urge you all to take the time to look at this 9 minute video on tires
and share with others.
the video comes on after the advertising PLEASE watch it's very important
I know this doesn't pertain to GPSr but I thought it was important enough to post.
i never knew this - i'll check all my tires right now
Thanks for this information. It was shocking.
What a problem?
Yet...on the personal front.. I have yet to have a rear set of tires last more than 2 years..(Actually they tend to last more like only 1 year.. )
Fronts get swapped every 3 years.
I've owned the 98 formy for 11 years. It just cracked 60K miles.
In that time, I've prolly been thru at LEAST 6 sets of rears. Average..10K per rear pair or less.
This doesnt even count MT ET streets for the track.
Then annual 'a@@hole week' begins the week I order a new set..and ends up with my driving the car in on its belts..
I burn alot of gas per mile..trash alot of tires(mostly on the track)... I'm an enemy of the environment.
I agree, I didn't know of this until recently. I have passed on this info to as many as I can. I have a friend who just purchased "new" tires. It will be interesting to see when the tires were manufactured.
You know I just purchased a new vehicle. I wonder if it effects new cars too? I will check and report later on.
i never knew this - i'll check all my tires right now
Let us know what you find.
I saw this video awhile back and i was amazed. Its great info to have when shopping for new tires.
Thankyou for posting the tire info. What a shock.
An excellent video - Thank you!
is to buy somewhere like Costco where they have strict inventory control and high volume.
Here's the Cliff Notes version of this video if, like me, you'd rather just read this stuff than watch a nine minute video.
Tires that are more than six years old are too old and dry for safe operation of the car. These tires are at growing risk of tread separation, which at highway speed, can easily lead to loss of control and a fatal accident. ABC News showed one or two expert drivers testing what happens, who knew the tread on a tire was about to separate, and they still were surprised at how badly they lost control of their car when a tire failed. In many countries, there are regulations that tires older than six years cannot be sold, but not in the USA, where their sale is not regulated.
Ever notice, along the breakdown lanes of interstates, long strips of tires? Those are remnants of car/truck tires which suffered tread separation as the cause of their failure. One tire goes completely bald or comes completely apart while driving, and a car can veer very strongly to one side, or roll, when this happens.
ABC News showed that many high-volume chain stores, including specifically Sears, Wal-Mart, and Goodyear tire stores, around the country, stock and sell, as new, tires that were made more than six years ago. (ABC News did not name Costco, capst, but I would not take it for granted that Costco is not selling older tires. I would have assumed that this was a problem with tires sold by gas stations, that might have sat around for years on the racks, but as I say, ABC News found it IS a problem at high-volume chain stores.)
Some tire salespeople are aware that this is an issue. My analysis (the rest of this paragraph's not in the video): if you say you want tires newer than the ones they want to install, they may tell you, "The tread warranty means we replace this tire if it fails in the first XX,000 miles", etc., as they try to saddle you with their old inventory. Other salespeople don't even know about this issue. But however they spin it or however crazy they think you are, you should tell them that this is a *safety issue* and is not related to tread-wear: the tread on an old tire can separate even if it was just installed new. If you are buying replacement tires, you should insist that only a tire made in the last year is installed on your car, and you should check to make sure that they do this by screening what goes on the car before installation and by checking all four tires again when the installation is complete.
To find the date code on a tire, look for a three or four digit number at the end of all the small numbers and block letters imprinted on the tire around the wheel rim for the manufacturing date code. Note that on tires older than a year or so, these date codes are often only visible on the INSIDE of the tire, which means you have to get under the car with a flashlight to see them.
The first two numbers in the date code are the week number in the year the tire was manufactured. In a three-digit date code, the last number "x" is the final digit in year 199x. In a four-digit date code, the last two numbers "0x" are the final digits in year 200x.
414 means the tire was made in the 41st week in 1994...
4202 means the tire was made in the 42nd week in 2002...
231 means the tire was made in the 23rd week in 1991...
2301 means the tire was made in the 23rd week of 2001.
None of these tires should be sold and installed now as "new", because they're too old. Yet some dealers will try to install old tires like these as new on your car when you buy replacement tires. Don't let them do this to your car.
Some tires have tread wear bars, and when they appear, the tires are worn out and should be replaced no matter how old they are. Or you can use the old standby test of sticking a penny, head first, in the tread, and if you see the very top of Abe's head, the tire's tread is worn out. But even if your tires have good tread left, if you have tires made more than six years ago, consider replacing them soon, and the older they are above six years, the more urgently you should consider replacement.
A tire trade group says there is no scientific evidence to back this standard up. The editorial POV of ABC News: baloney; tires should come with clear expiration dates imprinted on the side, and federal regulation prohibiting sale of old tires.
Great info - thanks.
thanks for the info.
Anyone wanna volunteer to crawl under my car and check my tires
The date info may not be on the 'inside' of the tires, under the car, it just depends which way the tires were mounted. I didn't want the white lettering facing out on mine, so I asked for them to be mounted to the inside, and now the code is in there, too. Otherwise, they would normally have been on the outside.
Another bit of info, a coworker of mine who is 'a car guy', saw this vid, and pondered how much low tire pressures had to do with this, too. Maybe a combination of old tires and letting them run low pressure combined to remove the tread. The low pressure certainly wouldn't help...
Thanks for some great info! Still haven't got under my car to check, and have to let everyone I know about this.
Take care of your cars, and they'll take care of you!
Just some info about the location of date of tire. I have two new cars, both are 2009 models. Both are located facing the outside of the tire. The video mentioned that in about the last 1 or 2 they are starting to put the location of the manufacturing date so it faces the outside. My neighbor's car is a 2006 model and the date is located facing the inside.
I guess the best way to minimize problems, regardless of tire age will be to make sure the tire pressures are correct. It's getting colder again and the tire pressures tend to go lower.
BTW, Anyone with experience or knowledge about the use of nitrogen for inflating tires..Delta Sonic advertises that it makes the tire "last longer".
I will chek my tires. Thanks for the info
This is good info. Thank you.
ohwogo nuvi 750
Yikes!! This is heavy
Nitrogen is a waste in car tires. Tires will always slowly leak no matter what you put in them. Aircraft use nitrogen in tires primarily, I believe, as caution against explosions, as they are mostly split rims and will have grease in them, and compressed oxygen (even though it's not 100% oxygen) and petroleum products don't get along well, not to mention the extremes in temperatures and loads an aircraft tire sees versus a car tire.
So don't bother, it's a gimmick.
Wow!! Sent this to friends and clients from coast to coast and no one has ever heard of this....
Scarey just to think about it..... especially at all the neck breaking speeds that you see on the highways. The blowout may not happen to you, but the person next to you...
Thanks for the info, I never knew that.
Wow, that's scary!
Thanks for posting this.
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