Car Bits & Bobs

General information that you may find interesting.....
Tyres – Age:
As a rule of thumb, if your tyre is over 6 years old, then it should be replaced. All tyres have a 4 digit date code on them (if the date code only has 3 digits, then it was made before 2000! so get them replaced ASAP).
Based on the today's date, if your tyre date code is older than:
it is recommended that it is replaced.

Tyres – Load Index:
All tyres have a load index. These determine what weight the tyre is able to carry. A load index of 62 means a load of 265Kg (the lowest), a load index of 126 means a load of 1700Kg (the highest). [The 2005 Rover 75 on 16" wheels has a tyre load index of 97 which is 730Kg]. Make sure when having new tyres fitted, that they meet the load index requirements.

VIN Number – What it means
Vehicle Identification Numbers are made up of 17 characters.
Characters 1, 2 & 3 are the World Manufacturer Identifier.
Characters 4 to 9 are the Vehicle Descriptor Section, but depending on the country, the 9th character can be a check digit. – Each manufacturer has a unique system for using this field.
Characters 10 to 17 are the Vehicle Identifier Section. – This is used by the manufacturer to identify the individual vehicle in question.
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