HOW OLD ARE YOUR TYRES

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HOW OLD ARE YOUR TYRES

Postby Fred Dukes » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:24 pm

A good article in CCW this week about FBHVC survey into peoples understanding of tyre age. A 1/3rd of classic car owner don't know how old their tyres are :shock:
This is a bit worrying when the tyres are the things that connect you to the road and hopefully keep you on the sraight and narrow.
Tyres have a date code - 1st introduced in 1980s - 3 digits - and replace with 4 digits in 2000.
The article attached gives you explanation of where to find the code and how to interpreted it - digit 1 & 2 week of manufacture 3 & 4 year i.e. 08 = 2008 . IF you only have a 3 digit code your tyres are at least 18 yrs old so I would think seriously about replacement :goodideasign:
There is no legal age limit but as the article says the rubber hardens and the braking distances increase - worst case the internal walls start to break up (which you dont see!) and you can get a blow out.
Their benchmark of 10 years old would seem reasonable for road use - old should be perhaps ditched or kept for static shows etc.
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Re: HOW OLD ARE YOUR TYRES

Postby VampireTigger » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:30 am

One of the first things I did with my blue saloon was replace the tyres. The red one I haven't hopefully the guy who sold it to me had left recent ones on it............ The blue estate will get new rubber as a part of the works I have planned for it, probably after it's been to the body shop.
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Re: HOW OLD ARE YOUR TYRES

Postby craig12 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:01 pm

not sure with mine , when I got it off mitch it had the rostyle wheels on , but if I recall the previous owner had minilites on it which I would have thought would have had new tyres , unless he took em off before selling
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Re: HOW OLD ARE YOUR TYRES

Postby 1972nail » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:41 pm

I'm doing some interesting research on this for an article in the Spring or Summer ReVival magazine.
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