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Three years ago I had new Yokohama tires put on my Honda Odyssey van by the dealer at the annual safety inspection. We don't put many miles on the tires and the tread looked great.

I had started to feel some minor vibration up front but assumed a mechanical issue -- alignment, worn suspension. Figured I would have it looked at next time the van was in for service.

Yesterday I happened to look at a front tire in bright sunlight and saw a huge crack running through the tires between the treads. A closer inspection saw cracks everywhere on all four tires. Not good I'm thinking despite them only being three years old with low miles.

I drive to a tire dealer and have them replace all four tires. When they removed them I asked for the DOT code on the old tires. Turns out the tires were manufactured in 2012. They were installed new on my van in 2018.

Damn, the rubber was already six years old when they were put on the van. No wonder the rubber was cracking.

Lesson -- not sure a car dealer turns tires over as quickly as a tire dealer does. Regardless, it makes sense now to ask for the DOT manufacture date.

Now the van is running 2021 rubber. And holy shit -- smooth as silk on the road and no vibration.

The heady experience of new tires on my Vespa GTS is the same with my Honda Van!
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Wow, that would tick me off for sure!

Having said that, I bought a set of tires for my Ford Focus a few years ago from W....

Anyway, they were on closeout. When I picked it up, I looked at the date stamps. Not only did they vary across a couple of years, the tires themselves had varying amounts of storage residues on them. I didn't have a problem with it given the low, low price.

But yeah, verify verify verify..
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Over inflation can kill them too with the same results. Many tire shops will automatically put in X amount of air pressure without a glance at the placard inside the driver's door. They also will sometimes over torque the wheel nuts, making it impossible for a spare tire repair at the side of the road. I had to shop around before I found a good one that pays attention to the details. I also buy tires based on how many miles I figure I will travel in the next six years as there is no reason to under or over buy.
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I keep track of the date codes of all of my tires in the Notes field of an Address Book entry for every one of my vehicles. (I keep all kinds of other maintenance stuff in there too.)

You don't need to ask for the date code - it's cast into the side of the tire, always facing out. The format is WWYY - two digits for the week followed by two digits for the year of manufacture.
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Having 3 scoots to commute on, I put very little miles on my Astro van. The tires were 2 years old when installed and after 5 years they aged out just as you described. I think I put 9,000 miles on them in that 5 years.
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