Have you ever looked at how old your new tyres are?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:07
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Gidday

I’m now understanding why there are so many bargains on the market. Over the weekend I had a look at the fifteen tyres I’ve got either in storage or on the car and camper van.

A new set of Maxxus (spelling) Big Horns purchased last year were already four years old when they were fitted. I’m not sure this matters all that much, but I’ll be a little more careful on what I buy from now on.

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Kim
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:21

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:21
According to one of my trainers who owned a tyre store for 20 years, it matters. He says 5 years is the best expected life of a tyre. I always check the date of mine. For those wanting to do this, look for an oval shape with numbers and letters in it. It will give you the week and year of manufacture.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 02:35

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 02:35
Correct

There was an article written about Law suits, and consumer concerns about older tyres. Not too sure weather I seen it on this site or not, but never mind, as the mail concern was that company's were selling almosr out of date tyres, to people and they were failing, after being on the vehicles a while..

A warning was given out not to purchase tyres any older than 2 years, as they will deteriorate rapidly after that specified age.

Cheers Bucky
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Reply By: Fatso - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:22

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:22
Good thread Kim
I have bought an ex government car from Q-fleet with 4 new tyres on it & only 18,000 km on the clock. Someone said the tyres would have been replaced because of their age. The car was only 3 years old.
Hopefully somebody will come forward with a post who knows something about this matter.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 00:09

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 00:09
Ex Govt fleet vehicles are always sold with brand new tyres, the guys preparing the cars for sale never have to buy tyres for their personal vehicles.

Back when I was working, I controlled a small fleet of govt vehicles for the area where I worked.
I had to replace all tyres on one govt 4x4 because of the mileage the vehicle had been driven, they were illegal, (they came out of my area budget and I signed for them) just before it went back into the lease company's control prior to sale.
My budget was debited with another new set of tyres for the same vehicle.
This was fairly common.

Someone got a brand new set of 245.75.16 Bridgestones out of it.

Disco.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 21:07

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 21:07
Young Fella,

We drove through Tooridan on the weekend. The place is fresh and attractive (unlike yourself LOL).

Great work, it has been vastly improved.

Cheers,

Jim.



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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 21:16

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 21:16
Thanks Jim

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: D200Dug- Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:57

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:57
I was told 6 years for safe tyre life

we have fitted the same wheels and tyres on the van as the car so we can rotate them regularly.

I imagine there would be some pretty old tyres if you ever bothered to check most caravans.
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 04:42

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 04:42
Kim,
it does matter about the age.

I had a set that I didn't use much, they were around 7 yrs old.

Had them aquaplane twice in light rain, once coming down to a tee intersection of the Bruce highway.

Got rid of them quck smart, they were so hard they wouldn't wear out.

Have a good one
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Reply By: carlsp - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 08:34

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 08:34
The tyre age matters particually for tyres fitted to caravans that are not used much. The spare often sits on the back of the van and is in the sun all the time. The same side facing the sun every day.

If you van is stationary and in the sun, cover the tyres and treat them with tyre protectant.

My understanding is that 7 years is a good measure of age.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:22

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:22
Strange this post should come up today....
I had a set (4) 'new' tyres fitted to our vehicle on Friday arvo.
When I got home, I was checking them out. Three of the tyres were (same batch) 9 mths old- the 4th was 5 YEARS OLD !!!!
I hot-footed it back to the tyre outlet and bought it thier attention. The comment from the fitter was "it's been in storage- so it will be OK"..
Nah Nah Nah from me !!
Summary...NEW tyre will be fitted this arvo. !!
Me thinks they were trying to get rid of old stock- and thought 'here's an old succker- we'll off load onto him' !!

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Reply By: Muntoo - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:36

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:36
If i remember correctly, im sure i read a thread on here froma year or so back, where there were a few fellas who swear by leaving there tyres sit for years in the shed. Dangerous, i wonder if they care to comment this time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:40

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:40
Back in the 70's when we used to run wintertread recaps on the rally cars
( high tech in those days) we used to buy up and store the tyres for about 12 months to let the rubber harden up so they wore better.Older ones were less likely to throw the cap as well.
once fitted they would be worn out in a couple of events competition use anyway so really never more than 18 months old.
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 14:24

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 14:24
Hey Howard,
Did you do any of the 'Castrols' down there (orriginally the 'Don Capasco')..or Southern Cross in Port Maquarie..or the Alpine out of Bright ??
Even knocked off Greg Carr a few times.
My swan-song was the Repco (Around Australia) in August 79.

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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 15:27

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 15:27
did the don capasco and all castrols but only as an official or a service crew.
was in LCCC at same time as Greg.
my only claim to fame was ACT championship in 78.
gave up in 84 after being on the organising committee af an event which saw a fatality.Wasnt happy with level of support from CAMS so walked away from sport.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 18:01

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 18:01
Hi Muntoo

Got new set of BFG AT yesterday and they are dated 10 /10 , this makes them to fresh for me. Have another set on the car now which are 05/ 01 and while they are harder they still haven't gone anywhere near as hard as some 4 year old coopers I have, so like most things its a matter of degree, putting them away for years is a bit excessive , however if actually in the shed not exposed to sunlight(UV) then it probably wouldn't hurt much.


Got new ones specifically for Canning trip in a few weeks so I will be cooking mine in the sun a little , this won't do much but may make the edges a little harder for the 4500km drive to start of Canning.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 16:01

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 16:01
Yep, worth checking. I bought some Federal Couragia A/T 3-ply sidewall tyres for the TVan in March - they were made 3rd week January - smelt pretty fresh!

For others who don't know, there will be 4 numbers pressed into the tyre near the bead - first two numbers are the week and second two numbers are the year, so for the above example, 0310 was imprinted.
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Reply By: Spade Newsom - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 16:46

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 16:46
What consumer rights do you think one might have if you found out your recently fitted new tyres were stamped 0305, which I am guessing from earlier post makes them over five years old.

When is a new tyre not a new tyre?
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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 17:02

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 17:02
Bridgstone warning

Tyre Blog

A couple of articles of interest - The Tyre blog quotes the channel 7 program that ran this story a while back.
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Follow Up By: Kev - Member - Wynnum - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 18:00

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 18:00
Hi,

I read this question with interest as I have just fitted a set of four A/T BFG 265/70/16LT to my Nissan

I have had a look at the tyres tonight and cannot see any imprinted four numbers.

Would someone be kind enough to advise me where these numbers are situated on my tyres so that I can check them out.

Thanks in advance

KEv
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 14:05

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 14:05
hi kev
look at your bfg tyre between the d in the word- bfgoodrich-and the bead there is 2 numbers that are encircled which denotes the week that they were made followed by the 2 numbers which represent the year

on mine i have 30 07/ 31 07 / 33 07 and 37 07 which means my 4 tyres come out the factory over a 7 week period but they were fitted all on the same day in 2008 so they were already 10 months old when i bought them and like mentioned before by someone previous in this thread are made in USA

but interestingly when i looked for a date on my vw golf tryes i cannot find one anywhere they are yokohama's s760's - made in the phillipines -the only numbers on them dont make any sense at all in repect to a date format ???
they only have S760 imo this here does not relate to a date eg A8997-4 and i bought them in dec 06 so ????????
but on the other hand

my camper trailer tyres - cheng shin- trailermaxx 145x10 radial have 18 04 on them- made in taiwan- the trailer was made in /04 so that makes sense but have spent most of there life in the shed

so apparently not all tyres have a clear date format or its camouflaged under some other coding anyway so be it and hope you can find the date on your bfg's now
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Reply By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 21:18

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 21:18
I was going to swap my worn out rear Federals for my BFG spares today, and looked at the date... the spares have passed their 8th birthday. Too scared to try it now. I know what I'm getting for Christmas this year... :)
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