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Last Indian

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Ringo deserves a large portion of the credit for this post as I asked him to review it first! I wasn't sure it was what the principals of How To's were trying to convey. I feel Ringo's guidance throughout this site is crucial to convey the right behavior we all have here!

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13 hours ago, Last Indian said:

Put this document together about 15 years for a class I was teaching at the time to introduce individuals to the cars at my company. Covers basic knowledge, safety and various other aspects.

Any questions or comments would love to hear!

Auto Maintenance Safety & Driving Tips rev1.docx

Good read,  you would be surprised how many out there don't know some or all of these basic's.

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I commend both of you, Last Indian and Ringo, for the content and direction of this material. As JUSTA said, it is amazing what is not taught these days in driver's education and basic auto mechanics.

 

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Good, basic read. Auto maintenance is being lost with the current generation. Only thing I saw missing from the tire illustration was the mention that there is a Date of Manufacture on tires that can be important to know.

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Right you are Walburn! It’s always on the front side of the tire and expressed in the week  number, two digit and last two digit of the year. Like 1217, which would be week 12 of 2017.

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Very good point Frosty! A couple of things that can help with preserving tires or at least helping to insure they stay as good as possible for the time you run them is this. 

When you can keep them in a dark place, so store the car in a garage with no window if possible or keep the car covered in a garage. Also when possible keep the car of the ground. Both are a little tough to do regularly, unless you’re anal like me, but it does help.

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At lease since the 1980s, perhaps longer. I can't find anything online saying specifically when the DOT put that requirement into effect. However, it makes sense.

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7 hours ago, Frosty said:

At lease since the 1980s, perhaps longer. I can't find anything online saying specifically when the DOT put that requirement into effect. However, it makes sense.

Yes at least, but I think back into the 60s. Anything before 2000 was a 3 digit code which made year differentiation harder.

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11 hours ago, Last Indian said:

Yes at least, but I think back into the 60s. Anything before 2000 was a 3 digit code which made year differentiation harder.

Last Indian is correct, so the date code for a 1980s and 1990s tire will be same, making it harder to know how old the tire really is without the sales receipt.

For example a date code of 357 means the tire was made the 35th week of 1987 or was it 1997?

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