When buying new tyres for your vehicle, some of us might end up quickly buying the cheapest one available But it is important to note that every tyre has an expiry date after which it is supposed to be replaced , lest it risks a blow-out!
The average life span of a tyre from the date of manufacture is four years. But of course it depends on the make and brand.
So, how do you know the date a tyre was manufactured? It is written on the tyre as four digits! It is unfortunately not spelt out as simply as in your cookie wrapper but it is there.
The first two digits represent the week, while the last two is the year of manufacture.
Note that the four digits stand alone, not added to any alphabet. Some manufacturers place the asterics sign (*) before and after the four digits, while others simply encycle it.
So, 0304 means that the tyre was manufactured on the 3rd week in the year 2004. The tyre will therefore expire on the 3rd week of 2008.
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