How to tell the age of this Tire & Wheel
I have a 6.00 - 16" Cooper tire mounted on a Wire Spoke Wheel. The Wheel is attached to a Break Drum which fits a tapered spindle. The wheel has 5 holes on 5 1/2" spacing.
The tire is a Cooper Soft-Aire
6.00 - 16"
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Made in USA
There is no DOT stamp letters on the tire but it does have some stamped numbers:
The tire place I took it to couldn't tell me the age of the tire or for sure what the Wire Spoke Wheel came off of.
He did say, he would not be surprised if the same air that originally filled this tire was probably still in the tire.
Is there any one who can tell me the age of this tire and what this Wire Spoke Wheel came off of?
My email address is:
I'm not an expert on wheels but we do have some readers that have considerable experience in that area and they may respond. The only thing I can suggest is that some of the identifying information for the wheel might be visible only after you remove the tire.
As for the tire, you may need to look on the other side of the tire to find the DOT code. Regulations only require that the DOT code is stamped on one side of a tire, although some manufacturers sometimes place a partial, short version of the code on one side and the complete version on the other side. You need the long version to discover the age. If the long version is only 11 characters long, it will be the last 3 characters which tell you the age, because the first of those 3 characters is the last digit of the year which would be 199X. Beginning with the year 2000, the DOT code is 12 characters long and the first 2 of the last 4 characters tell you the last digits of the year, and the next 2 will designate the number of the week, so it will be a number between 01 and 53, because it is possible some years will have a 53rd week.
Hope this is helpful to you.