It’s a good idea to keep up the maintenance on your car because you can save money. A car that runs more efficiently and effectively will go a long way in helping you save money and at the same time save your life. An automobile travelling at a high rate of speed on the expressway can pose a danger for yourself as well as other motorists if there were to be some type of malfunction. If you don’t change your oil consistently based on the manufacturers’ suggestion you can eventually ruin your engine. If a tire blows out that would really be a safety risk. The driver most likely will lose control of that vehicle and subject himself to a fatal injury. It’s the tires that you want to pay particular attention to.
If you purchased a new car or purchased new tires for your car within the last two years then you are at risk for faulty valve stems. The valve stem on your tires keep the air from seeping out of your tire. They play a very important role in tire safety. There was a batch of faulty stem valves manufactured in China that are the culprits. Unfortunately they are not able to issue a major recall because one company manufacturers them and another distributes them. According to NBC4 news a recall is not possible.
The faulty stems exhibit premature rotting along with hair line cracks if you bend them from side to side or you could hear the hissing of air as it seeps out of the tires. A faulty valve stem can cause you to lose air from your tire at a very fast pace and if you are travelling at a high rate of speed you stand the risk of having a serious accident which could cause substantial damage to you and your vehicle. Right now is a good time, if you fall within that two year time frame, to go out and check your stem valves to see if they are faulty. You may want to check them even if they don’t fall within that time frame.
How old are your tires?
Also you can purchase brand new tires and they can already be dry rotted. How can this be? Did you know that your tires have a manufacturers date on them? Your tires can be manufactured 7 years ago but they are still sitting around in a retail shop on the shelves waiting to be sold. The tires look brand new and they will have plenty of tread but they will not be reliable. These tires are in essence a ticking time bomb. Take a look at this tire identification which is displayed as such:
Dot MUKK JNJR 2508
If your tires were manufactured after the year 2000 then the manufacturers date is the last four numbers, (2508). This means that the tires were manufactured during the 25th week of the year 2008. Prior to 2000 the last three numbers were used.
Look at this example DOT GFFD ASDA 327 Those numbers, (327), mean that a tire was manufactured during the 32nd week of the year 1997. Therefore you can have some tires in a retail outlet somewhere (using the second identification number 327) sitting on a shelf ready to be sold but they are already 12 years old, based on the second example. After six years it was determined that a tire is dangerous and already dry rotting. It won’t take much for a tire like that to wear out because the tread separated and cause a major accident. There is no expiration date for the manufacturers date stamp.
That identification code was installed on the inside of the tires in the past but they can now be viewed on the outside of the tire. Even if you see the identification code 99.9% of consumers don’t even know about this. So go look at your tires and see how old they are. That identification code is used for more than finding out your tire size. If a tire shop tries to sell you tires that are not new, I mean really new you should bring it to the attention of the attendant.
Resource: NBC4 Washington news
Author: G.E. Miller
Resource: ABC 20/20