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      07-10-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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Quick Q:: Continental DWS not directional but 2 different tires?

Just got my new wheels/tires and went with a square setup 235/35/19 all around. Looking at the tires, I know that they are asymmetrical so it shouldn't matter which wheel goes where. When looking at the tires, there are 2 different ones though. The number at the end of two of them say 4512 and 1113 on the other two. The paint around the tires match the numbers and are different between the two... not sure if that even matters. Is one left and one right?

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That does not signify left or right side. It gives you additional information about the tires.

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DOT code: All tires for use in the USA have the DOT code, as required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). It specifies the company, factory, mold, batch, and date of production (two digits for week of the year plus two digits for year; or two digits for week of the year plus one digit for year for tires made prior to 2000). Although not law, some tire manufacturers do not suggest using a "new" tire that has been sitting on the shelf for more than six years (Ford Motor Company) or 10 years (Cooper Tire citing a tire association recommendation). JATMA, the Japanese Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association recommends that all tires be inspected at five years, and all tires that were manufactured more than ten years previous be replaced.
Basically, one tire was made in the 45th week of 2012, and the other was made in the 11th week of 2013. You will be fine.
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cool, thanks! Figured it had to do something with that.
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Correct. These are the same tires, just happen to be made on different dates.
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cool, thanks! Figured it had to do something with that.
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