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Quiz: Should auto tires have a sell-by date?
by Staff
At grocery store, we are used to seeing many products with sell-by dates or even "good before" dates. Should a similar dating process be applied to auto tires? How knowledgeable are you on this topic? Take this quiz and find out!

True or False? Car part longevity is a new idea.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? Tires can go bad before their tread wears down.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? Some safety advocates want to pass an expiration date of two years onto each tire, regardless of how much tread is left on them.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? You can tell how old a tire is by looking on the tire's sidewall.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? If there are four numbers after the DOT letters on your tires, they were made before the year 2000.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? A tire is composed of many individual parts that are bonded together through a high-heat-curing process called vulcanization.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? The process of heat and oxygen affecting a tire's material properties is called thermo-oxidative aging.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Which of the following statements is true?

  • A tire ages when there is a loss in a tire's material properties, which over time leads to a reduction or performance capabilities.
  • A tire ages when there is a loss in a tire's treads, which over time leads to speed reduction.
  • A tire ages when there is a loss in its elasticity, causing speed and performance changes.

True or False? A tire's longevity is solely affected by oxidation.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False? Tread separation is when the tread section of a tire peels off from the rest of the tire during use.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE