Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Medford, Oregon
Model: 1998 SE SOLD But Not Forgotten!
That is not the date code. It should be a 3 digit # if before 2000 i.e. (327) if the 32nd week of 97.
Well Dave, that's the ONLY stamp on the tire, period. The tire is required to have a date code...and looking at the tire closely it looks original (as was the front one)...so as far as I'm concerned, it's gotta be the date code. It makes sense that a 1998 model could have a tire made in 1997 and my research showed that some of the older date stamps contained more than the 3 digits representing the week/year, but that the last 3 were always the date. It seems that before 2000 the stamps were not quite as uniform as afterwards.
I'll be taking the wheel in tomorrow to have the new tire mounted and I'll ask the shop, but I don't know if they'll be able to shed any light on the issue.
Dan & Jo Ann
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