Checking your tires DOT Date Code will tell you when they were made and how long they may have been stored. It is important to know that tires are often for months or years at a time, so your tires DOT code might not be in the same year you bought the tires, and thats not a concern.
Are 5 year old Tyres OK?
Tyres are considered to be “new” and fit for retail up to 5 years from the date of production. When in use, it is recommended that tyres are replaced when they reach 7 - 10 years old, (6 years in the case of caravans or trailers).
Is a 20 year old tire still good?
Old tires are dangerous, regardless of tread depth. While theres no federally sanctioned safety guidance on when a tire is too old to be safe, many carmakers recommend replacement at six years from the date of manufacture. Old tires have been the culprit in fatal accidents.
Do tires actually expire?
The short answer to the question of tire expiration dates is that yes they do expire, but there is more to learn. Generally, automotive manufacturers will advise drivers to replace tires every six years – even if the tires have little or no wear.
How can I prolong the life of my tires?
How to: Make Your Tires Last LongerCheck Your Tire Air Pressure Monthly. Take the easiest step to extend tire life: Maintain the correct air pressure. Get Your Tires Rotated Every 5,000 Miles. In most cars, only one or two wheels “drive” the car at a time. Have Wheels Balanced. Check Your Alignment Twice a Year.