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I am trying to determine the date my Michelin LTX M/S2s were manufactured. I looked at all four tires., The only DOT code says:

DOT B37P VCVX

That's it. Online examples for other M/S2s show a 4 digit number after that, which is MMYY. I don't have that.

Any clue what's going on here or where the date code is?

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Based on the visible cracks in the tire, those tires are way passed their natural lifespan.
Is there another data box after the one you posted?
 

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Sometimes the date codes are only stamped on one side of the tire. Get underneath the Pilot and check. But based on the sidewall cracks I would consider immediate replacement.
 

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These are Michelins. They all crack quickly. IMHO, not a reason to replace.

I will crawl under and take a look at the other side.
 

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I've had tires the manufacturer puts the DOT date codes on the whitewall side, knowing full well that 99.9% of customers will never see them again unless the 1950s come back.

Unless now they're resorting to invalid Roman numerals to obfuscate even further (VCVX = 9505 = May 1995??).

In either case, those tires are history.
 

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Never heard Michelin tires cracking quicker than competitive tires but those Michs are done and need replacement.
I personally think Michelin tires cracking is due to the fact of the long tread life.
Many people do not drive enough miles in the tire lifespan, so the cracking happens before the tire wears out.
Replaced many Michelins with over 35 percent tread left due to cracking.
 

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OK. I gave it some thought and will replace my tires. I looked back and bought these tires in 2016, and about 40k miles ago.

I'll start a thread in the tires area looking for assitance picking the replacements.
 

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OK. I gave it some thought and will replace my tires. I looked back and bought these tires in 2016, and about 40k miles ago.

I'll start a thread in the tires area looking for assitance picking the replacements.
Wise choice. Those sidewalls looked brittle.
 
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Wise move IMHO.

OK, but now brace yourself. :p

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So I crawled under the car and got the date code. It's 2010. I then pulled the receipts. I bought 2 of the tires in 2016, then the next 2 in 2017. Live and learn for me regarding the date codes on new tire purchases.

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So I crawled under the car and got the date code. It's 2010. I then pulled the receipts. I bought 2 of the tires in 2016, then the next 2 in 2017. Live and learn for me regarding the date codes on new tire purchases.
Holy smokes! Where did you buy those tires that they sold you 6-7 year old goods? That is bordeline fraudulent in my book. Never shop there again, and if it is a big chain please pass along the name so we can be aware.
 

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This is why I never buy my tires online from Tire Rack or one of those places. I always go to my local Town Fair Tire (one of the largest local tire stores in New England where I live) and do a cash and carry to mount them myself. I can pick out the actual 4 tires that will go on my Pilot so that I don't get 5 year old tires.
 

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Holy smokes! Where did you buy those tires that they sold you 6-7 year old goods? That is bordeline fraudulent in my book. Never shop there again, and if it is a big chain please pass along the name so we can be aware.
Seriously, who sold you those?
I pulled the receipts to be sure: It was Tire Warehouse.

And these are the very same tires, I never had a flat or swapped out any tire.
 
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