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Old 11-06-2007, 12:21 PM   #1
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Is there any way I can tell the age of tires from any of the print on them? I bought a 1997 TT that was not used a lot according to the previous owners. The tires look new and there is no weather checking but I realize time is a factor in tire reliability.

Just looking for an answer to find out if there is a way to tell the age. Not looking for "better safe than sorry" comments as I already will change them if I can't determine the age.
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Is there any way I can tell the age of tires from any of the print on them? I bought a 1997 TT that was not used a lot according to the previous owners. The tires look new and there is no weather checking but I realize time is a factor in tire reliability.

Just looking for an answer to find out if there is a way to tell the age. Not looking for "better safe than sorry" comments as I already will change them if I can't determine the age.
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:30 PM   #3
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Check the sidewalls for a 4-digit date code XXYY where XX is the week of the year and YY is the last 2 digits of the year of manufacture. More information HERE.

If the tires have a 3 digit date code, they were manufactured before mid-2000 and really should be replaced.

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HERE is link to a page that explains it and includes a picture of the code.
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:42 PM   #5
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Thanks guys - just what I was looking for.
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