In a message dated 8/3/2006 11:47:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
Tires have date codes molded into them and the dealers know how to interpret
them. In the end, it owuld be up to the selling dealer to keep their
inventory turning over often enough to prevent old tires from stacking up.
I agree, and I try to make sure I have as recent a yom as I can. I was very
surprised though that Michelin said they went by yos, not yom. They do not
recommend nor warrant a tire beyond 6 years from yos. I called them because I
driving a set of very low mileage Michelins which are 8 years old. Although
they will not condone it, the tech rep said that IF they had been stored in a
cool dark place (my garage), and IF I dismounted each tire and inspected the
inside for signs of carcass deterioration, they would probably be OK, BUT
they can't condone it. He was adamant that they would still be safe though,
any failure would not be catastrophic at legal speeds.
Best, Mike Moore
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