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How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres

How Old Are Your Car's Tyres

How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres

Because of the rise of the illegal partworn tyres. Then I think it important to explain “how to check the age” of your tyres. There are no strict rules about this subject. However it is thought that tyres start to deteriorate. Of course, when they ar five year old and above.
This knowledge is specially important if you have recently purchased a second hand car. Or were tempted into buying some second hand tyres. Tyre date codes were changed in the year 2000. Hence, from three digits to four digits. Therefore, pre-2000 tyres would be as such. say the age code was 261. Then this tyre was made in the 26th week of 1991. Moreover, after 2000 a tyre code of 5110, would mean that the tyre was made in the 51st week of 2010.
An old customer recently came into our tyre depot in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Fred as we will call him. Bought a second hand car from a lady whose husband had recently passed away. The car had been stood in a garage for a few years. Consequently, the car was in good condition. The mileage was 47000 and the car was a Vauxhall Vectra.

How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres

The vectra was in immaculate condition. However, Fred only wanted the tyres checking. The car had two makes of tyres fitted. Accordingly, two were Michelin zx and the other two were both BF Goodrich. The tyres had tell tale “cracking”. Hence, on the bead and shoulder area of the tyres. Cracking is a tell tale sign of aging tyres?
However, we were horrified to find that the Michelin tyres were 29 years old and the BFG were 25 years old respectively. Fred could not understand this. As a result we insisted that he took the car back from whence it came. On his return to the garage. Then the guy said that this could not be true. because he had the tyre fitted specially for Fred. When the car was purchased.How Old Are Your Car's Tyres
What had happened is now turning out to be a common thing. That is that second hand car dealers are fitting part worn tyres instead of new tyres. These old tyres were fitted as a cost cutting measure and could easily have killed the guy. Fred was extremely lucky?
The garage owner could see the errors in his way and fitted fred a new set of tyres. Furthermore, he never trusted a part worn tyre dealer again and always fitted budget new tyres onto his sales cars. Vauxhall vectras are big cars and a blowout was just waiting to happen,
Lastly, it is a good idea to check out the dates and the age of the tyres on your vehicles. Including trailers and caravans. If you have any doubt . Then change your tyres for new ones. It could be an accident waiting to happen.
Eric Roberts