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  Kramer's Service Station

Thought of the month


This month I’d like to talk about tires. Most people think a tire is fine as long as there is enough tread left on it. That’s true but you also have to consider how old the tire is. There is a way to know how old the tire is and when it was manufactured.

If you look on the sidewall of the tire, there is a small group of 3 or 4 numbers surrounded by an oval border. This is the production date of the tire.

Here’s how you read it. The last 2 numbers are the year it was made and the first one or two numbers are the week of that year it was made. For instance the numbers (409) means it was made in the fourth week of 2009 and (4809) means it was the 48th week of 2009.

It is recommended that tires be replaced every five years. Tires crack with age especially being exposed to UV rays. You may use a tire conditioner on the sidewall like from the car wash but that does nothing for the rubber between the treads or the inside sidewall.

Remember the only thing between you and the road is your tires. They should be checked especially if you’re planning a trip.