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Old February 9th, 2008, 07:10 PM
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At what age should tires be replaced? My rear tires are original (about 25% tread left) and the front tires are 8 years old (about 60% tread left) I figure I should replace the rear tires, what about the front tires? Side walls look good, i.e. no cracks...

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To the best of my knowledge, I have original tires on my 1994. Cracks have just started to appear.
Yes they are past due now but the car is off the road for a few months as I work on it so...
Is there anyway to figure out how old a tire is?
I have a spare, never been used. Any value?
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Try this...seems straight forward:
The DOT Code begins with the letters "DOT" followed by a two numbers or letters plant code that identifies where it was manufactured. The last four numbers represent the week and year the tire was built. A three-digit code was used for tires manufactured before the year 2000. For example, 178 means it was manufactured in the 17th week of 8th year of the decade. In this case it means 1988. For tires manufactured in the 1990s, the same code holds true, but there is a little triangle (Δ) after the DOT code. Thus, a tire manufactured in the 17th week of 1998 would have the code 178Δ. After 2000, the code was switched to a 4-digit code. Same rules apply, so for example, 3003 means the tire was manufactured in the 30th week of 2003.
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I thought tires had a lifespan, i.e. they should be replaced regardless of their mileage after a given amout of time...
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