How Old are your “New” Tires?

February 6th, 2018 by

How Old are your “New” Tires?

When purchasing new tires, it’s extremely important to be aware of their date of manufacture. A safe tire is more than tread depth. A tire that has never been used but is several years old can look perfectly safe, but it’s not. The rubber compounds in tires deteriorate over time. This deterioration occurs whether the tire lays unused on a tire rack, or hits the road every day. Think of any pliable rubber, such as a rubber band. If it sits around enough, even unused, it eventually dries out and its strength and elasticity become compromised.

But you can play it safe by checking the tire’s age before you purchase. For tires manufactured 2000 to present, you can easily locate the manufacture date by checking the last 4 digits of the DOT code. In this example below, the tire was manufactured on the 26th week of 2013.

How to check age of tire

It’s extremely important to check this date because you don’t want to end up with “new” tire that was manufactured years ago. Be careful where you purchase your tires. Some discount retailers provide lower pricing, but if the tire is 2 or 3 years old, how much are you really saving in the long run?

We have a great selection of tires for your Honda, and will be happy to answer any questions you have about replacing/checking your current tires, or purchasing new ones. Questions about tires? Contact our Keenan Honda Parts Department.

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