Started by jimmydeanno, March 24, 2009, 12:51:28 pm
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Quote from: swamprat86 on March 27, 2009, 02:37:40 pmIf you have not already done so, you should forward this to National to see if they would put it in the next Sentinal.
Quote from: DavidB on January 16, 2010, 05:54:54 pmIn my opinion the problem is that CAP's maintenance program dose not check to see how old a tire is just its condition and tread wear. National HQ will replace tires when they need to be replaced but only four at a time not the spare as well.
Quote from: RiverAux on January 16, 2010, 07:07:33 pmQuote from: DavidB on January 16, 2010, 05:54:54 pmIn my opinion the problem is that CAP's maintenance program dose not check to see how old a tire is just its condition and tread wear. National HQ will replace tires when they need to be replaced but only four at a time not the spare as well.Oh, they love tire preassures too. I've seen units take vehicles to tire shops to have them properly inflated and still get dinged by CAP/CAP-USAF inspectors because they didn't match what the CAP/CAP-USAF tire gauges said...
Quote from: jimmydeanno on March 24, 2009, 12:51:28 pmI thought this topic might be appropriate, considering the switch many people will be making in the next few months (winter -> summer tires). Also, this is the time of year that many CAP vans will be undergoing inspections and routine maintenance.I happened to watch this 20/20 special on the dangers that aged and old tires present. Industry experts suggest that a tire that is 6 years old or older shouldn't be used. The age of the tire leads to drying, cracking and tread separation.Apparently, there are many people each year killed by old tires. The sneaky thing though is that you might buy a 'brand new' tire that was manufactured 6 years ago and not realize the risk that you just inherited. There is a date code at the end of the DOT numbers on your tire. It will be the last four digits and reads like this:5205The first two digits are the week of the year that it was manufactured. The second two digits are the year. So the above number would be made sometime between December 24-31 of 2005. If your tire only has three numbers (422) it would be the 42nd week of 1992.I would recommend watching this special, especially the part where they show what happens when the tread separates from a passenger vehicle. It's about 10 minutes long and I found it to be very informative.Drive Safe!: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4826897
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