It's spring. Are your classic's tires ok for another year or are they TOO OLD?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Have you looked at your Sunday driver's tires lately?

It may be time to replace! The DOT code on the side of the tire will be a great starting point for you to look at and try to determine the age. Simple indicators such as dry rot can be a sign of age, but not always a perfect test. If the old Goodyears or BFGoodrich tires seem to be getting up there in tire years here is a great way to check.

Full DOT
 
The DOT code is broken into xxxx xxxx xxxx 3 sections. The last section is the date area. This tire was made week 51 of 2007. If the code is 517 and not 5107, then that means week 51 of the 7th year of a decade. Not necessarily the 90s either!

If a tire has been on a vehicle more than 6 years, it is suspect. If a tire is approaching 10 years, it is suspect. The area of risk is the load and and speed rating of a tire, which are two leading causes for blowouts.  Click here for more info on DOT codes.

Enter your vehicle information or tire size directly to start your search and get some new tires mounted on your classic! Looking for the raised white letters? Here is a shortcut straight to several options.

 

Comments on It's spring. Are your classic's tires ok for another year or are they TOO OLD?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by Scott:
Can you tell me the dates for my bf goodrich tires?
Code reads- DOT BEU2 J211. 138 in circles. The tires look new with 90% tread and no cracking at all.
Thanks, Scott
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team:
Your tires were manufactured the 13th week of 1998. We also have a tech article that helps identify your tire's age, check it out: http://bit.ly/uHRqCX
Sunday, September 16, 2012 by Mike:
What about snow tire used only during cool weather? DOT E2UV W60 0204 B07 is the code. Speed rating 94S. using on a light car.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Mike,
Those tires would be about 8 years old and are to be used at your own risk. If they are not cracked and appear in good shape, you can run them, but be mindfull of their age.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tom:
Would using inner tubes in tires with age cracks make them safer?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Tom,
Inner tubes should only be used in tires designed to take tubes. Most modern day tubeless radials rely on their sidewalls in anner liner for stability and load carrying capacity. -Marshall

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