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What year are these tire from?

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Tires I received on my 2002 town and country look like they have a lot of thread but they are BEAT dry rotted DANGEROUS

I can't tell what year they are from.

Please help.

Thank you, Bob
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That's not bad. Just need to keep checking them once in a while, and feeling for an out of round tire (a very slight hop at one corner at slow speed, on a smooth surface). I change my wheels, or have them off often enough that I roll them and look for high spots and expanded cracking in one area vs. the rest of the tire. Big cracks in the sidewalls worry me more nowadays (I've stopped using a couple because of that). I mostly only drive my van around town, but I recently took a 670 mile round trip on freeways and they were okay. My tires are 10 years old or older.

Age can mean something, or it cannot. I have some tires that are the same exact brand and model, but manufactured years apart (Michelins). The tires that are cracking the worst? . . . Are the newer ones!! Just beware of tires that use a lot of weight in one area, because that can mean the tire is starting to come apart inside. I had one that had a vibration, and got it balanced. It took a lot of weight. Used it for a summer, put it away for a while. The next summer I didn't use that wheel, and almost considered taking it along on our big vacation trip to the southwest as a spare. I took the other one that matched it. That tire ended up bulging/tread separation after a day of use. When I got home and found the matching wheel I'd put away, it was also bulging in one area (where the weight was, or opposite of it). It likely would have gone bad even faster than the one I brought along.
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Yeah, tire shop logic is stupid. They want you to crash your car into something if a tire goes out due to loss of steering, to take advantage of the airbags and seat belts. They think if a tire blows in the rear, that the car will whip around sideways and roll over and possibly injure passengers worse than a head-on hit.

I've had tires go bad on the rear, and the car does NOT whip around. Only people who overreact and quick turn the steering wheel get themselves into trouble. I even completely lost a front wheel at highway speed once. I simply let off the gas and slow to a crawl, then get to a safe spot to change the bad wheel.
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